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TUESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Savarese, assistant coaches extend contracts; Thorns players contribute to USA win; Hops win fifth straight


Coach Giovanni Savarese and his staff have been signed to a multiyear contract extension.

The club announced Tuesday that Savarese and assistant coaches Carlos Llamosa, Miles Joseph, Guillermo "Memo" Valencia and Shannon Murray had all agreed to extensions.

Terms of the contracts, including the length, were not revealed.

In a statement announcing the extensions, Timbers owner Merritt Paulson said Savarese's initial contract with the club was short-term.

After guiding Portland to the MLS Cup final in his first season, and with the Timbers on the upswing this season, Paulson called this extension well-deserved.

"We expect Gio to be our on-field leader for years to come. The current Timbers club culture has never been better and Gio is a top-quality coach and an even better person. We are lucky to have Gio and his staff here in Portland," Paulson said.


Portland Thorns players Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan each played a role on a United States goal during an enthralling 2-1 win over England that landed the Americans in the championship match on Sunday.

Heath was involved in the buildup that released Kelley O'Hara into space on the right wing. O'Hara's cross was headed into the goal to put the USA ahead 1-0 in the ninth minute.

Horan, who returned to the starting lineup after coming off the bench in the first two knockout matches, floated a perfect cross into the box for Alex Morgan to head home for the second goal.

There were no goals in the second half, but the Americans were fortunate.

Midway through the second half, Ellen White appeared to tie the score for England with her second goal. But video review showed she had one foot barely offside and the goal was erased.

American goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, who plays for the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women's Soccer League, saved a penalty kick taken by England captain Steph Houghton in the 84th minute.

Naeher, considered an unproven part of the United States roster, also came up big late in the first half with a reaction save on a 25-yard shot by Walsh.

Former Portland Pilots star Megan Rapinoe did not play. She said after the match that a mild hamstring injury kept her on the bench but she should be healthy for Sunday's final, which will be against the winner of Wednesday's semifinal between the Netherlands and Sweden.

The United States is in the World Cup final for the third time in a row, and for the fifth time in eight World Cups. The U.S. is after its fourth world championship and second in a row.


Portland forward Cross Hanas is one of 22 players selected for the United States team at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, an annual international tournament for players under 18.

Winterhawks forward Seth Jarvis (Canada) and recent import draft selection Simon Knak (Switzerland) also might play in the tournament, which will be in August in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.


Hillsboro 6, Vancouver 5

Steven Leyton went 4 for 5 and knocked in three runs to lead the Hillsboro Hops to a 6-5 Single-A Northwest League win over the Vancouver Canadians in British Columbia.

The Hops survived an eighth-inning rally that pulled Vancouver within a run. Hillsboro's Jose Cuas got the final four outs on ground balls to earn his third save.

With its fifth win in a row, Hillsboro improved to a league-best 13-6 and is 5-1 this season against Vancouver. The Canadians are 5-14.

Leyton hit a two-run home run in the first inning. He added a one-out RBI single in the third and a two-out RBI single in a three-run fourth that put the Hops up 6-0.

David Garza was 2 for 4 with one RBI and a run scored for Hillsboro, which had 10 hits.

Wilfrey Cruz pitched five scoreless innings in his first start for the Hops. He struck out five, walked two and gave up two hits.

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