CHICAGO (May 5, 2010) – U.S. Soccer announced today that Portland Timbers midfielder Ryan Pore was voted the USSF Division-2 Professional League April Player of the Month. Pore recorded six goals and an assist in the opening four games of the 2010 season and has been a part of every Timbers goal scored this year.
The Mansfield, Ohio, native opened his account in the Timbers’ first match against the Rochester Rhinos, converting a late penalty kick in the 85th minute to grab a 1-0 victory for the Oregon side in front of their home fans. He wasted no time tallying his second and third goals of the season against AC St. Louis, netting in the first and 45th minutes. By adding an assist later in the match to round out the 3-0 victory, Pore took his point total to seven in just two games.
In a tough test away to Montreal, the midfielder again got his name on the score sheet by scoring the opener in a 1-1 draw in Quebec. However, Pore’s capacity for scoring crucial goals was on full display in the Pacific Northwest derby against Vancouver Whitecaps FC when Portland ran out 2-1 winners behind two goals from the former Kansas City Wizards midfielder. After opening the scoring in the seventh minute, Pore popped up to score the game winner in the 86th minute just moments after his team had been reduced to 10 men.
Portland holds the league’s best record (3-0-1) and sits atop the USL Conference of the USSF D-2 Pro League with 10 points.
The USSF D-2 Pro League Player of the Month is selected by a panel of journalists comprised of members of print, television, radio and online media hailing from each the of the 12 USSF D-2 Pro League clubs’ local markets.
About the USSF D-2 Pro League
The United States Soccer Federation Division-2 Professional League is the second division professional soccer league in the United States. In 2010, the United States Soccer Federation formed an agreement between United Soccer Leagues (USL) and the North American Soccer League (NASL), under which the USSF would operate the league in the 2010 season and work alongside the USL and NASL on day-to-day activities.
The league consists of two conferences of six teams named the USL Conference and the NASL Conference. The USL Conference includes the Austin Aztex, Minnesota Thunder, Portland Timbers, Puerto Rico Islanders, Rochester Rhinos and Tampa Bay Rowdies. The NASL Conference is made up of Crystal Palace Baltimore, Carolina RailHawks, Miami FC, Montreal Impact, AC St. Louis and Vancouver Whitecaps.
Each of the 12 teams will play 30 regular season games for a total of 180 games. The season will run from the second week of April until early October, with the playoffs to be contested during the following weeks.