Timbers Earn 4-0 Shutout Victory over Houston Dynamo
PORTLAND, Ore. - Playing their second home match of the MLS regular season, the Portland Timbers earned a 4-0 shutout victory over the Houston Dynamo in front of a crowd of 25,218 at Providence Park on Saturday night. Diego Valeri tallied a goal and three assists, Marvin Loría scored in his MLS debut, and Brian Fernandez and Jeremy Ebobisse each recorded their fifth goals of the regular season in the win for Portland.
Historic run from Fernandez
With his goal in the second half, Fernandez tied an MLS record by scoring in his fourth consecutive match to begin his Timbers career. In league play, only three other players scored in each of their first four games played in MLS: Alex Pineda Chacon (2001), Carlos Ruiz (2002) and Charlie Davies (2011). Fernandez now has tallied a goal in six consecutive matches across all competitions, recording eight goals total between league play (5) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (3). Additionally, Fernandez is the first Timbers player, across all eras, to score in his first six matches for the club.
With the win, the Timbers have won three consecutive matches across all competitions dating back to a 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders FC on June 12 in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. During their three-match winning streak across all competitions, the Timbers have outscored their opponents 10-1. The Timbers have posted back-to-back 4-0 wins following their midweek 4-0 victory over the LA Galaxy at Providence Park in the Round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup on June 19.
In the seventh minute of the match, a loose ball fell to Fernandez on the edge of the 18-yard box, but his right-footed shot was fired inches over the top right corner of the net. Two minutes later, Valeri's corner-kick service to the right edge of the six-yard box found Fernandez, whose glancing header missed to the right of the post. Continuing on the attack, Ebobisse's cross from the left wing found Fernandez at the top of the box. Gathering the ball, Fernandez's curling, left-footed shot forced Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis into a diving save to his left in the 11th minute.
After Jorge Moreira's shot from outside the box was blocked, he was first to the rebound on the left edge of edge of the penalty area and fired a left-footed shot that was parried away by Willis in the 18th minute. Valeri delivered an in-swinging corner near the edge of the six-yard box to Julio Cascante, but the defender's header flashed to the right of the post in the 29th minute.
The Timbers took a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute on a counter-attacking play. Valeri picked up the ball in transition at midfield and floated a cross to the left edge of the penalty area to Moreira. The Paraguayan defender headed the ball down to Loría, whose leaping, left-footed volleyed shot was powered past Willis at the near post.
Beginning the second half on the front foot, Diego Chara clipped a cross to the back post to Ebobisse, whose leaping header missed to the right of the far post in the 46th minute. Three minutes later, Fernandez's left-footed, curling effort from the top of the box just missed to the left of the target.
Portland doubled its advantage in the 61st minute after Loría was fouled inside the penalty area by DaMarcus Beasley. Valeri's ensuing spot kick was fired into the lower left corner of the net to give the Timbers a 2-0 lead.
The Timbers scored to make it 3-0 in the 62nd minute after Valeri, near the center circle, floated a pass to Fernandez outside the left edge of the penalty area. Cutting onto his right foot, Fernandez fired a low shot past Willis into the lower right corner of the net to score in his sixth consecutive match across all competitions.
The Timbers nearly scored in the 70th minute when Fernandez slipped in Chara behind the Houston defense, but his shot from point-blank-range was saved by Willis. The rebound fell to Loría, whose shot was blocked by a Houston defender. Seconds later Fernandez laid the ball off to Valeri on the right edge of the penalty box, but his shot was fired over the crossbar.
Portland took a 4-0 lead in the 75th minute when Valeri fed Ebobisse the ball near the right edge of the 18-yard box. Cutting in onto his right foot, Ebobisse curled his shot into the lower right corner of the net past the outstretched arms of Willis to score his fifth goal of the MLS campaign.
In the 80th minute, Moreira floated a cross into the left side of the penalty area to second-half substitute Tomás Conechny, but his left-footed volley was saved by Willis at the far post. Four minutes later, Valeri passed to Conechny outside the 18-yard box, but his powerful shot missed over the crossbar. Continuing to apply pressure, Conechny played the ball near the edge of the penalty area to Jorge Villafaña, who fired a left-footed shot that missed the target in the 93rd minute.
Brian Fernandez scored in his fourth consecutive league appearance to begin his Timbers career, equaling an MLS record for the most consecutive games with a goal to begin an MLS career. In league play, only three other players scored in each of their first four games played in MLS: Alex Pineda Chacon (2001), Carlos Ruiz (2002) and Charlie Davies (2011).
Diego Valeri tallied a goal and three assists in the win against Houston. The three-assist performance marks the fourth time in his career he has logged three assists for the Timbers in regular-season play.
- With his one goal and three assist performance against the Dynamo, Valeri has tallied seven goals and eight assists in 13 MLS regular-season appearances against Houston. In seven regular-season matches against the Dynamo at Providence Park, Valeri has tallied five goals and six assists.
Marvin Loría made his MLS debut in the match, logging 73 minutes and tallying his first career goal for the Timbers in his first league appearance. Loría is the sixth Timbers players to score in his MLS debut.
Jeremy Ebobisse logged his fifth goal of the season with his tally in the 75th minute. Ebobisse is tied for the team-lead in goals with Brian Fernandez (5) in MLS league play.
Steve Clark made his fifth start of the season, improving to 4-1-0 and logging the first clean sheet in league play in 2019.
The Timbers improved to 6-5-5 in 16 all-time regular-season meetings against the Houston Dynamo dating back to Aug. 14, 2011. Additionally, Portland improved to 6-1-1 in eight regular-season matches against Houston at Providence Park.
With the win, Portland has won four consecutive matches at home against the Dynamo, dating back to June 26, 2016.
Renzo Zambrano made his second career MLS start, playing 90 minutes in the win against the Dynamo. Zambrano's first MLS start came in a 1-1 draw against Houston at BBVA Stadium on May 15, 2019.
Facing a quick turnaround, Portland travels to face the Montreal Impact on Wednesday, June 26, at Stade Saputo. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. (Pacific), the match features a local television broadcast on FOX 12 (KPTV) with local radio broadcasts on 1029 and 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).
Portland Timbers (5-7-2, 17pts) vs. Houston Dynamo (7-4-3, 24pts)
June 22, 2019 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 1 3 4
Houston Dynamo 0 0 0
POR: Loría (Moreira, Valeri), 39
POR: Valeri (penalty kick), 61
POR: Fernandez (Valeri), 63
POR: Ebobisse (Valeri), 75
POR: Cascante (caution), 12
HOU: Martínez (caution), 16
POR: Chara (caution), 31
HOU: Peña (caution), 34
HOU: Vera (caution), 47
POR: Valeri (caution), 54
POR: GK Clark, D Moreira, D Mabiala, D Cascante (Dielna, 83), D Villafaña, M Zambrano, M Chara, M Loría (Conechny, 73), M Valeri ©, M Ebobisse, F Fernandez (Williamson, 87)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Attinella, D Jadama, D Farfan, F Melano
TOTAL SHOTS: 24 (Fernandez, 8); SHOTS ON GOAL: 10 (Loría, 3); FOULS: 20 (Fernandez, 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 1
HOU: GK Willis, D DeLaGarza, D Struna, D Garcia, D Beasley ©, M Vera, M Garcia, M Hairston (Cabezas, 76), M Martínez (Salazar, 67), M McNamara, F Peña
Substitutes Not Used: GK Nelson, D Duvall, D Fuenmayor, D Junqua, F Manotas
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Hairston, Vera, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Hairston, 1); FOULS: 11 (Four players tied, 2); OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 6
Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Mike Rottersman, Logan Brown
4th Official: Rosendo Mendoza
VAR: Jorge Gonzalez
Weather: Partly cloudy, 68 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial
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