Timbers Earn 2-1 Comeback Win against Sporting Kansas City
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers scored a pair of goals late in the second half to earn a 2-1 comeback win over Sporting Kansas City in front of 25,218 fans at Providence Park on Saturday night. Jeremy Ebobisse leveled the match in the 83rd minute and Brian Fernandez provided the game-winner with his 11th goal in MLS play this season in the 94th minute.
Fernandez's game-winning goal in the 94th minute is tied for the latest game-winning goal for the Timbers at Providence Park. The goal was his fifth game-winner in MLS play this season, which ranks as the second-most game-winning goals behind only the LA Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic's seven game-winning goals.
Ebobisse notched his ninth goal of the season, which is the second-most on the team in 2019. Additionally, Ebobisse's goal in the 83rd minute was the latest game-tying goal by a Timbers player this season. For Fernandez, the goal was his 11th of the season in league play and his 15th in all competitions. Fernandez's 11 goals are the most by a player in his debut season in the club's MLS era.
Steve Clark made an early save for the Timbers in the fourth minute, parrying away a shot attempt from Sporting Kansas City's Erik Hurtado on a close-range attempt near the right post.
Pushing for the opening goal, Diego Valeri played the ball out wide to Jorge Moreira making a run down the right side of the field. Moreira dribbled to the edge of the box and unleashed a low hard shot toward the right post, forcing a diving save by Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia in the eighth minute.
In the 49th minute, Sporting KC's Luis Martins delivered a long-range strike from the left corner of the box headed for the near post and Clark dove to his right to push the attempt away.
Sporting KC took a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute when Benny Feilhaber sent a swerving ball from near the right corner of the box that curled just inside the left post.
In the 72nd minute, Claude Dielna made a darting run across the box and redirected Valeri's corner kick toward the far post, but his header bounced off the post.
Clark kept Sporting KC off the board less than a minute later as Martins dribbled down the left side of the box and fired a shot from a tight angle near the left post, but Clark was able to get a touch and tip the ball off the post.
Searching for an equalizer, Jorge Villafaña played a cross from the left side into the center of the box. The ball took a deflection and landed for Moreira, who hit a powerful shot off the bounce, but the ball was blocked near the six-yard box by Matt Besler in the 80th minute.
Portland leveled the match in the 83rd minute on the counter-attack. Diego Chara won the ball near midfield and played a pass to Marvin Loría. Chara continued his run down field, received a pass in stride from Loría and slotted a cross to the center of the box for Ebobisse, who converted from close range.
In the 89th minute, Dániel Sallói picked up a loose ball just outside Portland's box and attempted to send a shot toward the bottom right corner of the goal, but Clark made a diving stop.
The Timbers secured the win deep in second-half stoppage time as Fernandez tallied the game-winner. Tomás Conechny nutmegged a Sporting KC player with his pass to Valeri near the left edge of the box. Valeri dribbled to the end line and served the ball to Fernandez running to the right post for the header near the goal line.
Brian Fernandez scored his 11th goal of the season in MLS play and his 15th goal in all competitions.
Fernandez's 11 goals are the most by a player in his debut season in the club's MLS era.
Fernandez's goal came in the 94th minute, which is tied for the latest game-winning goal for the Timbers at Providence Park.
Fernandez has five game-winning goals in MLS play this season. Only the LA Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (7 goals) has more in 2019.
Jeremy Ebobisse scored his ninth goal of the season, which ranks as the second-most on the team this season.
Ebobisse's goal in the 83rd minute is the latest game-tying goal by a Timbers player this season.
Diego Valeri recorded his 16th assist of the campaign, which is the second-most in MLS in 2019.
Tomás Conechny notched his third assist of the season. All three of his assists have come in a substitute role. Only the Philadelphia Union's Ilsinho has more assists as a substitute in MLS this season.
The win marked the second time this season the Timbers have won a match after conceding first. Portland also earned a win after conceding the first goal on the road against Toronto FC on April 27.
Up next, the Timbers square off against D.C. United on Sunday, Sept. 15, at Providence Park. Beginning at 12:30 p.m. (Pacific), the match features a national television broadcast on ESPN with local radio broadcasts on 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).
Portland Timbers (13-11-4, 43pts) vs. Sporting Kansas City (10-12-7, 37pts)
Sept. 7, 2019 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 0 2 2
Sporting Kansas City 0 1 1
SKC: Feilhaber (Sallói), 65
POR: Ebobisse, 83
POR: Fernandez (Valeri, Conechny), 90+4
POR: Polo (caution), 40
SKC: Gerso (caution), 45
SKC: Zusi (caution), 58
POR: Ebobisse (caution), 86
POR: GK Clark, D Moreira, D Tuiloma, D Dielna, D Villafaña, M Chara, M Polo (Loría, 78), M Williamson, M Asprilla (Fernandez, 70), M Valeri ©, F Ebobisse (Conechny, 90+1)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Ivacic, F Langsdorf
TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Dielna, Moreira, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Four players tied, 1); FOULS: 12 (Chara, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 4
SKC: GK Melia, D Zusi, D Smith, D Besler ©, D Martins, M Sánchez, M Gerso (Hernandez, 85), M Feilhaber (Medranda, 69), M Espinoza, M Sallói, F Hurtado
Substitutes Not Used: GK Dick, D Fontas, D Lindsey, D Sinovic, M Kuzain
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Three players tied, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Martins, 2); FOULS: 14 (Hurtado, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 2
Referee: Alex Chilowicz
Assistant Referees: Jeremy Hanson, Cory Richardson
4th Official: Tim Ford
VAR: Malik Badawi
Weather: Cloudy, 62 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial
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