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Ten-Man Timbers Down Houston Dynamo FC 2-1 at Providence Park

June 30, 2022 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Portland Timbers News Release


PORTLAND, Ore. - In their second match in five days, a 10-man Portland Timbers side earned a consecutive victory at Providence Park with their 2-1 win against Houston Dynamo FC on Wednesday night. Santiago Moreno provided his first career brace to secure the win for Portland with assists from Yimmi Chara and Sebastián Blanco. Notably, the Timbers are unbeaten in three straight games (2-0-1, 7 pts) since MLS resumed play following the June international window.

Climbing the Ranks

Starting the night in 11th place in the Western Conference, Portland jumped to eighth place with a record of 5-6-7 (22 pts). The Timbers have scored 27 goals this season, which is tied for the third-most in the Western Conference and tied for fifth-most overall in the league. Moreno became the fifth player to reach three or more goals this season for Portland (Moreno, Blanco, Y. Chara, Niezgoda, Tuiloma), making them one of just five teams in the league with five or more players to tally three or more goals apiece. Tonight's result also marked the first time this season Portland has recorded back-to-back wins.

Brace City

With his first career penalty-kick attempt and run-of-play goal just 97 seconds later, Moreno scored his first career brace and second and third goals of the season. The 97-second span between goals was the second-quickest brace scored by a Timbers player in club history (Fanendo Adi, 86 seconds). Moreno became the 21st player in Timbers' history to record a brace for Portland, marking the 52nd brace in Timbers' regular season play. Notably, Portland has tallied four braces in the 2022 campaign from four different players (Moreno, Jaroslaw Niezgoda, Nathan Fogaça, Blanco) and a brace in back-to-back matches (Niezgoda, June 25).

Portland's Unbeaten Streak Against Houston

With tonight's victory, the Timbers improved their regular season record against Dynamo FC to 10-5-7 and an impressive 8-1-1 at Providence Park. Portland is unbeaten against Dynamo FC in eight straight matches (W5, D3) and have not lost at home to Houston since the team's inaugural MLS season in 2011.

Goal-Scoring Plays

POR - Santiago Moreno, 34th minute: Y. Chara was fouled in the box and earned a penalty kick. Moreno converted the attempt.

POR - Santiago Moreno (Yimmi Chara, Sebastián Blanco), 36th minute: With his back to goal, Blanco turned with the ball and slipped a pass into the box for Y. Chara, who cut a pass towards the top of the box. Running onto the ball, Moreno fired a one-time left footed shot into the left corner of the goal.

HOU - Darwin Quintero (Thor Úlfarsson, Matías Vera), 65th minute: Thor Úlfarsson crossed a long square ball from the left side of the field to Darwin Quintero, who brought it down with one touch and lofted a dipping shot from outside the 18-yard box just under the crossbar.

Notes

Starting the night in 11th place in the Western Conference, Portland jumped to eighth place with a record of 5-6-7 (22 pts).

Portland is unbeaten in three straight matches (2-0-1).

The Timbers have scored 27 goals this season, which is tied for the third-most in the Western Conference and tied for fifth-most overall in the league.

Tonight's result marked the first time this season Portland has recorded back-to-back wins.

Portland leads the all-time series against Houston 10-5-7 with a record of 8-1-1 at Providence Park.

The Timbers are unbeaten against the Dynamo in eight straight matches (W5, D3), and have not dropped a result to them at Providence Park since 2011.

Portland is one of five teams in MLS that five or more players with three or more goals scored this season (Moreno, Blanco, Y. Chara, Niezgoda, Tuiloma).

Moreno scored his first career brace and second and third goals of the season.

Moreno's penalty-kick attempt was the first of his career with Portland and first conversion.

The 97-second span between Moreno's goals was the second-quickest brace scored by a Timbers player in club history (Fanendo Adi, 86 seconds).

Moreno became the 21st player in Timbers' history to record a brace for Portland, marking the 52nd brace in Timbers' regular season play.

Portland has tallied four braces in the 2022 campaign from four different players (Moreno, Jaroslaw Niezgoda, Nathan Fogaça, Blanco) and a brace in back-to-back matches (Niezgoda, June 25).

Y. Chara recorded his fifth assist of the season.

Y. Chara won the most possessions on either team tonight (10).

Blanco tallied his team-leading sixth assist of the 2022 campaign. His six assists are tied for seventh-most in MLS.

Blanco has now contributed to a goal in three consecutive matches (1G, 2A).

Felipe Mora made his 50th regular season appearance for the Timbers since joining the club in 2020.

It was Mora's first appearance at Providence Park in the 2022 campaign.

Aljaz Ivacic made five saves in the match, matching his season best.

Next Game

Up next, the Timbers will travel to face Nashville SC at GEODIS Park in their third match of a nine-day stretch on Wednesday, June 29. The midweek match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) and will feature a local television broadcast on FOX 12 PLUS and radio broadcasts on 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).

Portland Timbers (5-6-7, 22pts) vs. Houston Dynamo FC (6-8-3, 21pts)

June 29, 2022 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)

Goals by Half 1 2 F

Portland Timbers 2 0 2

Houston Dynamo FC 0 1 1

Scoring Summary:

POR: Moreno (penalty), 34

POR: Moreno (Y. Chara, Blanco), 36

HOU: Quintero (Úlfarsson, Vera), 65

Misconduct Summary:

POR: Blanco (caution), 17

HOU: Rodriguez (caution), 21

POR: Zuparic (caution), 27

POR: Zeca (caution), 34

POR: Moreno (caution), 42

POR: Hadebe (caution), 44

POR: Tuiloma (caution), 54

HOU: Vera (caution), 69

POR: Williamson (caution), 72

POR: Tuiloma (caution, ejection), 75

Lineups:

POR: GK Ivacic, D Van Rankin, D Tuiloma, D Zuparic, D Bravo, M Williamson (Ayala, 78), M D. Chara ©, M Y. Chara (Mabiala, 78), M Blanco (Asprilla, 61), M Moreno (McGraw, 78), F Niezgoda (Mora, 61)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Bingham, D Bonilla, M Loría, F Fogaça

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Moreno, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Moreno, 3); FOULS: 18 (Williamson, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 5

HOU: GK Clark, D Steres, D Zeca, D Lundqvist, D Hadebe, M Carrasquilla, M Vera ©, M Rodriguez (Quintero, 58), M Ceren (Picault, 77), F Úlfarsson, F Ferreira

Substitutes Not Used: GK Nelson, D Bartlow, D Junqua, D Parker, M Dorsey, F Avila, F Pasher

TOTAL SHOTS: 24 (Ferreira, 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Ulfarsson, 2); FOULS: 11 (Steres, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 10; SAVES: 2

Referee: Lukasz Szpala

Assistant Referees: Ian Anderson, Chris Elliot

Fourth Official: Silviu Petrescu

VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero

Attendance: 22,932

Weather: Sunny, 72 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial


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