USL News Release
Saturday, August 7, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. - On Saturday night the top two seeds in the 2010 PDL Championships will meet at PGE Park for all the marbles.
The Thunder Bay Chill, 2-1 victors in a Friday semifinal against Baton Rouge, return to the title match after taking home the trophy in 2008. Led by Goal Scoring Champion Brandon Swartzendruber and All-Conference player Gustavo Oliveira-Araujo De F, Thunder Bay boasts a potent attack and title game experience. It is precisely that experience the Chill will turn to as the atmosphere at PGE Park is certain to be electric.
League MVP and Rookie of the Year Brent Richards and All-League teammate Freddie Braun will lead the Portland Timbers U23s in their quest to make history and finish the season undefeated. In front of a raucous Timbers Army on Friday night both Richards and Braun made their presence known and posed a constant threat to the Reading United AC defense as Portland advanced, 2-1.
Hostile environments are nothing new to the Chill, however. Two years ago Tony Colistro’s men made the trek from the city 300 miles north of Minnesota to the south of Texas where they took on the Laredo Heat in the 2008 PDL Championship. The visitors survived 100-degree heat, an initial deficit and a second half red card as they battled the defending champions to a 1-1 draw before capturing the title in penalties 4-1.
Portland, however, is not all attack. Minding the nets for the Timbers is All-Conference selection Jake Gleeson. Just in front of Gleeson the Timbers’ back line is led by fellow All-Conference selection Ryan Kawulok who will look to keep the potent Chill attack at bay.
It’s only fitting the top two seeds meet in the Championship game. History is on the line for both clubs. Can the Chill repeat their 2008 success? Can the Timbers win one more and write their name in the PDL history books?
These answers will unfold Saturday night as the 2010 PDL Championship title game kicks off at 7 p.m. ET live on Fox Soccer Channel.