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Houston Dynamo FC Earn 1-0 Victory Over Undefeated Portland Timbers

March 17, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
Houston Dynamo FC News Release

HOUSTON - Houston Dynamo FC defeated the Portland Timbers 1-0 at Shell Energy Stadium tonight to earn their first MLS win of the season and their third consecutive victory versus the Timbers. Portland entered tonight undefeated and at the top of the Western Conference.

Houston scored the winner in the 43rd minute following midfielder Adalberto Carrasquilla's spectacular cross with the outside of his foot that was brought down by a Portland defender. Forward Aliyu Ibrahim was well positioned to capitalize on the loose ball for his second goal of the season.

In the third minute, Portland's Santiago Moreno dribbled into the right side of the penalty box, but his cross attempt was blocked by goalkeeper Steve Clark. The rebound fell back to Moreno, who found Cristhian Paredes in the middle of the box, but Clark was again able to block the half-volley shot and send it behind the goal off the crossbar.

The Dynamo shot stopper was recognized before the match for reaching 250 starts in league play, reaching the milestone on March 2 against the New York Red Bulls at Shell Energy Stadium.

Houston's first shot on target came in the 10th minute after Ibrahim forced a save from Timbers goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau. The Dynamo forward has scored two goals and tallied two assists in all competitions to start the year.

Defender Franco Escobar drove down the middle of the pitch with the ball in the 79th minute, finding forward Gabe Segal on the edge of the penalty box. The 22-year-old managed an attempt on goal through three defenders, but his shot was corralled by Crepeau at the near post.

Defender Micael came up with an important interception in the 82nd minute, beating Nathan Fogaca to a pass from Antony inside the six-yard box to keep Houston in the lead.

Forward Amine Bassi played a short corner to Carrasquilla in the 86th minute, who then chipped the ball over the defender back to Bassi. The 26-year-old then delivered the ball to the head of Micael in the middle of the box, whose attempt went just wide of the right post.

The Dynamo next travel to face the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, March 23, with kickoff scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CT for their first road test of the MLS season. The team returns to Shell Energy Stadium on March 30 to host the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30 p.m. CT.


Houston Dynamo FC (1-1-1) 1-0 Portland Timbers (2-1-1)

MLS Regular Season - Game 3

Shell Energy Stadium - Houston, Texas

Attendance: 16,003



Houston Dynamo FC 1 0 0

Portland Timbers 0 0 0

HOU: Aliyu Ibrahim 2 (unassisted)


Houston Dynamo FC: Steve Clark (c); Franco Escobar, Ethan Bartlow, Griffin Dorsey, Micael; Artur, Jan Gregus, Adalberto Carrasquilla; Aliyu Ibrahim (Brad Smith 83'), Amine Bassi (Brooklyn Raines 90+3'), Sebastian Kowalczyk (Gabe Segal 76')

Unused substitutes: Andrew Tarbell, Daniel Steres, Latif Blessing, Tate Schmitt, Ousmane Sylla

Total shots: 9 (Aliyu Ibrahim 3); Shots on goal: 4 (Aliyu Ibrahim 2); Fouls: 16 (Griffin Dorsey and Artur tied with 3); Offside: 3 (Aliyu Ibrahim 2); Corner kicks: 3; Saves: 4 (Steve Clark)

Portland Timbers: Maxime Crepeau; Kamal Miller, Dario Zuparic (Miguel Araujo 87'), Eric Miller (David Ayala 87'), Juan Mosquera; Evander, Antony, Diego Chara (c); Cristhian Paredes (Eryk Williamson 65'), Santiago Moreno, Dairon Asprilla (Nathan Fogaca 76')

Unused substitutes: Zac McGraw, Larrys Mabiala, James Pantemis

Total shots: 18 (three players tied with 3); Shots on goal: 4 (four players tied with 4); Fouls: 11 (three players tied with 2); Offside: 1 (Eryk Williamson); Corner kicks: 4; Saves: 3 (Maxime Crepeau)


HOU: Griffin Dorsey (caution; foul) 52'

POR: Dario Zuparic (caution; poor sportsmanship) 57'

POR: Kamal Miller (caution; foul) 64'

HOU: Sebastian Kowalczyk (caution; foul) 70'

HOU: Artur (caution; foul) 80'


Referee: Erick Lezama Pavon

Assistant: Sergio Santana

Assistant: Leonardo Sanchez Cordero

Fourth Official: Victor Borges

VAR: Sandro Ricci

Weather: 69 degrees, cloudy skies

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