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USL-1 leader Portland hands Preston third loss on West Coast tour
July 30th, 2007 7AM



The USL-1 league-leading Portland Timbers defeated England's Preston North End 2-1 in an exhibition match in front of 8,238 at PGE Park on Saturday night.

New signing Matt Taylor scored two second-half goals for the Portland Timbers. Preston North End suffered its third loss on its trip to the West Coast.

It also lost to the USL-1's  Seattle Sounders on Monday and Mexico's Monterrey on Thursday in Sacramento, Calif.

Portland holds a five-point lead over the Sounders at the top of the USL-1 standings.

The USL-2 playoff field is all set. Wins by Cleveland and Harrisburg put them in the playoffs; leader Richmond and Charlotte, which holds the tiebreaker over Crystal Palace Baltimore, complete the playoff field.
USL First Division
July 26
Minnesota 1 (Farber 19) California 2 (Morales 25, 41).
Portland 0 Atlanta 0.
July 27
Vancouver 2 (Donatelli pen. 41, Marcina 85) Seattle 2 (Levesque 16, Howes 90).
July 28
Carolina 1 (Low pen. 34) Miami 4 (Pulido 5, Williams 45, Cameron 65, Gonzalez 88).
Rochester 4 (Diallo 17, 19, Bonseu 31, Severs 45) Minnesota 2 (Ubiparipovic 7, Taylor 12).
California 0 Puerto Rico 1 (Needham 41).
USL Second Division
July 24
Bermuda 2 (Bean 41, Richards 70) Western Mass 2 (Willis 6, Deren 17).
July 25
CP Baltimore 0 Harrisburg 2 (Ombiji 17, Oduor 80).
Wilmington 2 (Thompson 16, Holmes 29) Richmond 2 (Jones 65, Schramm 71).
July 27
Cincinnati 3 (Micklos 6, 61, pen. 90) Charlotte 3 (Coggins 9, Swinehart pen. 68, Ruud 82).
Western Mass 0 Wilmington 2 (Holmes 38, Mackenzie 63).
July 28
New Hampshire 3 (Barbosa 7, Burgess 65, Teixeira 83) Wilmington 2 (Holmes 39, Ibbetson 90).
Harrisburg 2 (Ombiji 65, 87) Richmond 1 (Schramm 60).
Cleveland 1 (Schulte 57) Charlotte 0.
CP Baltimore 8 (Mbuta 15, 36, Flores 31, 44, Brooks 33, 48, Herman 69, Harkin 80) Bermuda 1 (Ming 37).

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