LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and defender Liam Ridgewell face charges of driving under the influence after an accident in Lake Oswego, Oregon, on Monday night.
Gleeson and Ridgewell were booked into Clackamas County Jail and posted bond. Both are scheduled to appear in Lake Oswego Municipal Court on Nov. 16.
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Police said Gleeson rear-ended another vehicle and called Ridgewell, who arrived later to help. Neither Gleeson nor the driver of the vehicle he hit was injured in the accident.
Gleeson, who is from New Zealand, faces charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and reckless endangerment while Ridgewell, who is British, faces a DUII charge.
The team issued a statement Tuesday that said it has been in “close contact with the players, local law enforcement and the league office” and will not comment further until additional information is known.
Sunday’s scoreless draw between Portland and New York in New Jersey didn’t exactly set a high standard for soccer, but we did get a pair of fine saves at Red Bull Arena.
The first comes from a man we’ve seen make a ton of wonderful saves over his five seasons in Major League Soccer: Luis Robles.
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The Arizona-born backstop made this terrific right-handed punch of Lucas Melano shot.
But was he upstaged by the 26-year-old Kiwi across from him?
Jake Gleeson came out, got big, and robbed Felipe of a probably deserved winner.
The game in 100 words (or less): The Portland Timbers were on their way to taking a massive three points away to their Cascadia Cup rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps, before a pair of goalkeeper gaffes by Jake Gleeson unwound a perfectly good road performance in the span of six second-half minutes (the 25-year-old was otherwise solid, making 11 total saves on 13 shots on target). Fanendo Adi, Darlington Nagbe and Nat Borchers connected to open the scoring for the Timbers just past the half-hour mark, but Masato Kudo bagged his first MLS goal right on 60 minutes, with Gleeson whiffing on the near-post shot, followed by an otherworldly blunder on 66 minutes that ushered Christian Bolaños’s harmlessly lofted ball over the goal line. The result sees the Whitecaps leapfrog their southern neighbors for seventh place in the log-jammed Western Conference. At present, three points separate the top-seven spots in the West.
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Three moments that mattered
34′ — Borchers bundles it home from Nagbe’s shot/cross — Nagbe might have been shooting, and he might have been passing, but he’ll take the assist either way.
60′ — Kudo’s first MLS goal is the equalizer — For all of Gleeson’s heroics last week, getting beat at the near post right here is a might awful look.
66′ — Gleeson’s epic gaffe makes it 2-1 — Speaking of shocking mistakes that’ll rock the confidence of a young goalkeeper…
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Man of the match: Masato Kudo
Goalscorers: Borchers (34′), Kudo (60′), Bolaños (66′)