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Timbers Blanked in 1-0 Loss to Houston Dynamo FC on the Road

March 17, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
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HOUSTON - Playing on the road for a second straight week, the Portland Timbers dropped a 1-0 loss to Houston Dynamo FC at Shell Energy Stadium on Saturday night. The result snapped Portland's three-game undefeated start to the season while being shutout for the first time in 2024. The Timbers will return to Providence Park to host the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, March 23.

Match Metrics

Tonight marked the first time the Timbers have outshot their opponent this season (16-9). Sixteen shots are a match-best for Portland this year. Santiago Moreno tallied a game-high four shots, which is also a single-game best for the Timbers this season. Evander recorded a match-high four chances created tonight. In his first start of the 2024 season, Dario Zuparicled both teams in duels won (9) and aerial duels won (4).

Goal-Scoring Plays

HOU - Ibrahim Aliyu, 43rd minute: Houston served a cross into the penalty spot. Ibrahim Aliyu pounced on a loose deflection and finished the ball into the back of the net.


Portland is 2-1-1 (7 pts) through the first four matches this season, playing two home matches (1-0-1) and two away matches (1-1-0).

Tonight's result snapped a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1).

Portland was shutout tonight after scoring multiple goals in its first three matches of the season, tallying eight in that span.

The Timbers outshot their opponent for the first time this season, 16-9.

Sixteen shots marks a season high for Portland this year.

Santiago Moreno tallied four shots in the match, a single-game best for the Timbers this season.

Evander recorded a match-high four chances created tonight.

Dario Zuparic earned his first start of the 2024 MLS season.

Zuparic led both teams in duels won (9) and aerial duels won (4).

Next Game

The Timbers will return home to host the Philadelphia Union at Providence Park on Saturday, March 23. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) and will stream on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app in English and Spanish as well as local radio broadcasts, 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).

Video Highlights

Highlights of the match can be downloaded.

Portland Timbers (2-1-1, 7pts) vs. Houston Dynamo FC (1-1-1, 4pts)

March 16, 2024 - Shell Energy Stadium (Houston, Texas)

Goals by Half 1 2 F

Portland Timbers 0 0 0

Houston Dynamo FC 1 0 1

Scoring Summary:

HOU: Aliyu, 43

Misconduct Summary:

HOU: Dorsey (caution), 52

POR: Zuparic (caution), 57

POR: K. Miller (caution), 64

HOU: Kowalczyk (caution), 70

HOU: Artur (caution), 80


POR: GK Crépeau, D Mosquera, D Zuparic (Araujo, 87), D K. Miller, D E. Miller (Ayala, 87), M Chara ©, M Paredes (Williamson, 65), M Evander, F Antony, F Asprilla (Fogaça, 76), F Moreno

Substitutes Not Used: GK Pantemis, D Mabiala, D McGraw

TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Moreno, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (four players tied, 1); FOULS: 11 (Chara, Paredes, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 4, SAVES: 2

HOU: GK Clark, D Escobar, D Micael, D Bartlow, D Dorsey, M Artur, M Gregus, M Aliyu (Smith, 83), F Bassi (Raines, 93), F Carrasquilla, F Kowalczyk (Segal, 76)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Tarbell, D Steres, D Schmitt, M Blessing, M Sylla

TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Aliyu, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (three players tied, 1); FOULS: 16 (Dorsey, Artur, 2); OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 3, SAVES: 4

Referee: Erick Lezama Pavon

Assistant Referees: Sergio Santana, Leonardo Sanchez Cordero

Fourth Official: Victor Borges

VAR: Sandro Ricci

Weather: Cloudy, 71 degrees

Attendance: 16,003

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.

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