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Timbers Fall 1-0 to D.C. United at Providence Park

September 15, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Portland Timbers News Release

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers conceded a first-half goal and were unable to rally, falling 1-0 to D.C. United in front of 25,218 fans at Providence Park on Sunday afternoon. Portland returns to action with a midweek home contest against the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Creating chances

According to Opta, the Timbers finished the match with 20 chances created. In total, six players created two or more chances for Portland. Marvin Loría and Diego Valeri each finished with four chances created, while Jorge Moreira, Jorge Villafaña and Andy Polo each created three chances.

On the attack

Portland outshot D.C. United 23-6 in the match, including a 14-2 advantage in the second half. The Timbers concluded the match with 67.3 percent of the possession, including 74.5 percent in the second half. Portland finished the match with 523 passes completed, which is the second-most in a single match in team history.

Key plays

Portland nearly grabbed an early lead in the 16th minute. Moreira played a pinpoint cross to the center of the box from the right wing. Valeri came running into the box and delivered a hard snap header toward the left corner of the goal that bounced off the inside of the left post.

D.C. United took a 1-0 lead on an own goal in the 25th minute. Ulises Segura dribbled down the right side of the field to the end line and a slotted a cross to the middle of the box that was directed into the Timbers net near the goal line.

In the 38th minute, D.C. United delivered a corner kick into the box that took several deflections and nearly bounced into the Timbers net, but Eryk Williamson made a goal-saving clearance off the line.

Searching for an equalizer, Moreira played a cross from near the right sideline that curled toward the goal and skimmed off the crossbar in the 51st minute.

Off a corner kick, Valeri served a ball to Moreira at the edge of the box and he hit a one-time volley out of the air that was blocked in the 53rd minute. Just two minutes later, Valeri received a pass from Loría near the edge of the box and fired a dipping strike that skipped just wide of the left post.

Remaining on the front foot, Valeri dribbled down the left side and cut back to the middle, unleashing a shot from the right corner of the box, but D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid was there to parry away the attempt in the 63rd minute.

In the 75th minute, Bill Tuiloma made a late run toward the right post. Loría served the ball to Tuiloma and he sent his header from the edge of the six-yard box just wide of the goal.

Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark came up with a save to deny D.C. United in the 82nd minute. Paul Arriola intercepted a pass, dribbled down the left side of the Timbers' box and Clark was able to make the save on a close-range attempt, pushing the shot off the left post.


The Timbers finished the match with 523 completed passes, which is the second-most in team history in the MLS era behind only their match against the Chicago Fire on Aug. 15, 2019.

Portland held 67.3 percent of the possession in the match, which is the highest possession percentage the Timbers have had in a match this season and tied for the third-highest since the club joined MLS in 2011.

Diego Valeri became the third Timbers player during the MLS era to make 200 starts in league play with his start against D.C. United.

Jeremy Ebobisse played in his 47th consecutive match in all competitions, which is the third-longest active streak among all MLS field players.

Marvin Loría created four chances in the match, which is the most chances he has created in a match in his MLS career.

Next game

Facing a quick turnaround, the Timbers play host to the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Providence Park. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific), the match features a television broadcast on FOX 12 PLUS (KPDX) with local radio broadcasts on 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).

Portland Timbers (13-12-4, 43pts) vs. D.C. United (12-10-9, 45pts)

Sept. 15, 2019 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)

Goals by Half 1 2 F

Portland Timbers 0 0 0

D.C. United 1 0 1

Scoring Summary:

DCU: Own goal, 25

Misconduct Summary:

POR: Williamson (caution), 46

DCU: Rooney (caution), 64


POR: GK Clark, D Moreira, D Tuiloma, D Dielna, D Villafaña (Flores, 79), M Chara, M Polo, M Williamson (Conechny, 62), M Loría (Paredes, 85), M Valeri ©, F Ebobisse

Substitutes Not Used: GK Ivacic, D Farfan

TOTAL SHOTS: 23 (Valeri, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Four players tied, 1); FOULS: 8 (Chara, Williamson, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 4

DCU: GK Hamid, D Canouse, D Brillant, D Birnbaum, D Mora, M Felipe, M Moreno, M Segura, M Arriola, M Rodríguez (Acosta, 84), F Rooney © (Amarikwa, 79)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Seitz, D Pines, D Jara, M Boateng, F Kamara

TOTAL SHOTS: 6 (Arriola, Birnbaum, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Arriola, 2); FOULS: 8 (Eight players tied, 1); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 4

Referee: Drew Fischer

Assistant Referees: Kathryn Nesbitt, Felisha Mariscal

4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal

VAR: Ricardo Salazar

Attendance: 25,218

Weather: Rainy, 60 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial

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