The Portland Timbers cruised to victory in their first-ever CONCACAF Champions League match by beating Alpha United of Guyana 4-1 on Tuesday.
Steve Zakuani and Maximiliano Urruti scored for Portland in the first half, with Kalif Alhassan playing a part in setting up both goals.
Alpha's Barbosa Murillo netted a free-kick before halftime to reduce the deficit, but the Timbers put the match away with goals from Fanendo Adi and Alvas Powell after the break.
The 4,700 miles between the team...
With his side having traipsed some 4,700 miles to the Caribbean to square off against Guyana's Alpha United in the CONCACAF Champions League group stages, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson ventured down to the venue on Monday to have a look at the setup for Tuesday evening's entertainment.
It was at that point that Paulson came face-to-face with one of the worst, most grass-bereft playing surfaces to stage an "elite" football match in recent memory.
Look at the state of it!
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Liam Ridgewell scored his first career MLS goal for Portland in the Timbers' 1-1 tie with the New England Revolution on Saturday night.
Ridgewell stole the ball near midfield, dribbled past two defenders and slotted home a shot from inside the penalty area in the 65th minute. He joined Portland (7-7-10) on June 25, after he signed a designated player contract from the English Premier League's West Bromwich Albion.
Charlie Davies scored for a second consecutive game in the 27...