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Victory loses two in Portland

July 16, 2007 - USL First Division (USL-1) - California Victory News Release

PORTLAND, OR (July 15, 2007) -- The California Victory goes 0-5 against the Portland Timbers this season after suffering another defeat against its West Coast rivals, this time losing 4-1 in Oregon Sunday thanks to a David Hague hat-trick.

The win puts the Timbers, who beat the Victory 1-0 Friday, top of the league having taken 15 of their 30 points this season off the Victory.

"Obviously this was not a good weekend," said Victory head coach Glenn Van Straatum. "I'm very disappointed, but I don't want to point fingers. We lost."

Although the Vics took a 1-0 lead through a deflected Federico Bianchi shot, Cameron Knowles leveled the Timbers before the end of the first half.

But the nightmare began for California when Ricardo Sanchez was ejected in the 54th minute with a straight red -- his second in league play and his fourth for the Victory -- leaving substitute Hague to net three second-half goals in 22 minutes.

"It was not warranting a red card," said Van Straatum. "And their first goal, really, was a clear offside. It changed the whole complexity of the game."

The injury-ridden Victory were left battling with only 10 men and two total outfield substitutes, and even had to draft backup 'keeper Dominik Jakubek into an attacking role midway through the second half.

"We have a lot of injuries to contend with," said Van Straatum. "Aguayo, Dunn and Fitzgerald are all hurt, and now Retiz and Sanchez will be out with suspensions."

"But we need to bounce back Tuesday," he added. "We are going to have to deal with this."

The Victory (2-10-5, 11 points) will look to rescue their season Tuesday night when they return home to play the Atlanta Silverbacks at Kezar Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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