Bright Dike had a hat trick and lead the Portland Timbers to a 4-1 victory over the Kitsap Pumas in Bremerton, WA in the second round of the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
The first 30 minutes the teams matched up fairly equally, until Alex Nimo’s corner in the 34th minute led to Ross Smith’s header to open the scoring for Portland. Dike attacked on the counterstrike to scorch the net just three minutes later. Kitsap was able to pressure the ball in the last five minutes of the half, but could not capitalize.
Two minutes into the second half, Dike found the net again, as Portland controlled the game almost the rest of the way. Dike had another score at 62 minutes, and it took Kitsap 87 minutes to finally establish themselves. Stephen Phillips found the net to restore some pride for Kitsap, avoiding their second consecutive shutout loss to Portland in the Open Cup.
Portland will host Seattle Sounders FC from MLS at PGE Park in Portland next Wednesday. The last time the two rivals met was in the third round of last year’s Open Cup when the Sounders prevailed 2-1 at PGE Park in Portland in front of the biggest crowd (16,382) for a non-final, non-doubleheader in the Professional Era (1995-present).
POR: GK Cronin, D Thompson (Purdy, 54), D Smith, D Danso, D Cameron, M Nimo, M McManus (Keel, 70), M Gaudet, M Pore (Keita, 74), F Dike, F DeMartin
KIT: GK Brim, D Mohn, D Scott, D Hyde (Gray, 45), D Lee, M Hepple, M Fishbaugher (Friesen, 70), M Besagno, M Cascio, F Perdido (Phillips, 63), F Christner
POR: Smith (Nimo), 34
POR: Dike (Pore), 37
POR: Dike, 47
POR: Dike, 63
KIT: Christner (Phillips, 90)