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Preseason soccer: Jack Mac on the attack

Newly minted Timber scores a brace

  • Portland's Jack McInerney on the field at Kino Stadium on Saturday night. The newly acquired striker scored two goals for his side against Seattle.
    Portland TimbersPortland's Jack McInerney on the field at Kino Stadium on Saturday night. The newly acquired striker scored two goals for his side against Seattle.

A capacity crowd of 3,112 fans packed Kino Stadium on Saturday night to get a taste of American soccer’s fiercest rivalry. By the time the green smoke and chants faded, the Portland Timbers got the better of their Cascadia opponents, Seattle Sounders FC, in this round of their long-standing feud.

Seattle and U.S. national team standout Clint Dempsey was left off of the line-up, but the first half featured his frequent strike partner Obafemi Martins. Despite the fire power brought by both teams, neither was able to score.

It fell to the second-half teams to bring the goals. Seattle’s Darwin Jones put his team on the board in the 53rd minute, but the lead wasn’t to last long as newly acquired Timber Jack McInerney, a second-half substitute, scored from the center of the box in the 66th minute.

McInerney lengthened the Portland lead in the waning minutes of the match when he finished a cross from Tyler Peay.

The goals came in McInerney’s first appearance this preseason. McInerney has had a tough time finding long lasting spot with an MLS squad, having played with both Montreal and Columbus since being released by the Philadelphia Union in 2014.

Portland coach Caleb Porter seemed to expect the strong performance from his new forward.

“I love Jack McInerney scoring two goals. We knew he had that in him,” said Porter. “We put him in great spots. When you put him in a good spot he’ll finish.”

“He’s not going to be flash and dash. He’ll just finish,” Porter added.

McInerney didn’t seem to mind having to wait until his team’s third match to get his chance.

“It felt good,” said McInerney. “It is the third game and we haven’t had too many chances. To get two goals in front of this many fans will help our confidence.”

Portland finishes off their stay in Tucson with a match against Real Salt Lake on Thursday. Seattle will be looking for their first preseason win on Tuesday with a match against Mexican club Celaya FC.

Ted Prezelski writes about all things soccer, fútbol and piłka nożna for TucsonSentinel.com and at the blog How Flair is Punished (mindingthe.net).


Soccer preseason in Tucson

Desert Friendlies

Wednesday, February 3

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 - Seattle Sounders FC 1
  • Seattle Sounders FC 1 - FC Tucson 0 (mini-game)
  • Portland Timbers 1 - Houston Dynamo 1

Saturday, February 6

  • New England Revolution 2 - Vancouver Whitecaps 3
  • San Jose Earthquakes 0 - Houston Dynamo 1
  • Portland Timbers 2 - Seattle Sounders FC 1

Tuesday, February 9

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Houston Dynamo 6 p.m., Grandstand Field
  • Seattle Sounders vs. Celaya FC 7 p.m., North Stadium

Desert Diamond Cup

Wednesday, February 17

  • Colorado Rapids vs. Swope Park Rangers, 5 p.m., Kino North Stadium
  • Sporting Kansas City vs. Columbus Crew, 6 p.m., Kino North Grandstand
  • New England Revolution vs. Real Salt Lake, 8 p.m., Kino North Stadium

Saturday, February 20

  • Arizona United vs. Swope Park Rangers, 4:30 p.m., Kino North Grandstand
  • Columbus Crew vs. Real Salt Lake, 5 p.m., Kino North Stadium
  • Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo, 7 p.m., Kino North Grandstand
  • Sporting Kansas City vs. New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m., Kino North Stadium

Wednesday, February 24

  • New England Evolution vs. Houston Dynamo, 5:30 p.m., Kino North Stadium
  • Swope Park Rangers vs. Columbus Crew SC, 6 p.m., Kino North Grandstand
  • Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m., Kino North Stadium

Saturday, February 27

  • Swope Park Rangers vs. FC Tucson, 4 p.m., Kino North Grandstand
  • Arizona United vs. 5th Place, 4:30 p.m., Kino North Stadium
  • 3rd Place vs. 4th Place, 6:30 p.m., Kino North Grandstand
  • 1st Place vs. 2nd Place, 7 p.m., Kino North Stadium

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