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Timbers' Keel Earns Team Of The Week Honors

September 9, 2009 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Portland Timbers News Release

PORTLAND, Ore. - United Soccer Leagues announced today that Portland Timbers defender Stephen Keel was named to the USL First Division Team of the Week for Week 22. He scored the game-winning goal against the Austin Aztex on Monday.

Keel, 26, delivered the decisive goal in the 85th minute to lead the Timbers to a 1-0 road win over Austin. He tallied his first goal of the campaign, and his first since the 2006 season, on a follow-up shot from inside the box. Keel also aided in Portland's 13th shutout of the season.

The Littleton, Colo., native has played in 26 matches this season and has been a part of the Timbers' backline that has allowed a league-low 15 goals. It is Keel's third Team of the Week selection this season.

The first-place Timbers play host to a pair of games this weekend at PGE Park, starting Friday against the Aztex at 7 p.m. Portland then faces the Cleveland City Stars, led by former assistant coach Rod Underwood, on Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $11 and are available through the PGE Park box office, area Ticketmaster locations, online at or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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