Timbers Shut out Houston Dynamo FC 2-0 at BBVA Stadium
HOUSTON, Texas - The Portland Timbers registered two first-half goals to secure a 2-0 shutout win on the road against Houston Dynamo FC at BBVA on Friday night. Yimmi Chara opened the scoring early in the half with his third goal of the season, while Felipe Mora extended the lead just moments later, recording his team-leading ninth goal of the campaign.
Timbers vs. Dynamo
With the win, the Timbers are unbeaten in their last six regular season matches (4-0-2) against the Houston Dynamo, dating back to May 15, 2019. Portland leads the all-time regular series against Houston 9-5-6. Notably, tonight's result was the first time the Timbers have earned three points against the Dynamo on the road. Portland finished the 2021 series versus Houston with a mark of 2-0-1, outscoring them 6-3.
More Goals From Mora
Scoring in a second consecutive match, Mora notched his team-leading ninth goal of the season with his penalty kick tonight. His nine goals and four assists are new career bests for Mora with the Timbers. In his last 10 games, Mora has scored seven goals and tallied two assists. Four of those goals have come in road matches for Portland.
POR - Yimmi Chara, 15th minute: Felipe Mora drove a header on target from close range, forcing a save from Dynamo goalkeeper Michael Nelson. Yimmi Chara followed it up and fired the ball into the back of the net.
POR - Felipe Mora (penalty kick), 20th minute: Felipe drew a foul in the box and earned a penalty kick. Mora stepped up and converted the attempt.
Portland is undefeated against the Dynamo in its last six regular season matchups (4-0-2).
Tonight was the first time in club history the Timbers have earned three points on the road against Houston.
Portland finished the 2021 series versus the Dynamo 2-0-1.
Felipe Mora scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season.
Mora has tallied seven goals and two assists in Portland's last ten games.
Mora is in a three-way tie for ninth place for the most goals scored (9) in the league this year.
Yimmi Chara recorded his third goal of the season.
Y. Chara's goal was the 10th of his career with the Timbers across all competitions.
Larrys Mabiala made his 100th regular season appearance with the Timbers.
Mabiala is just the 11th Timber in the MLS era to hit 100 regular season appearances.
Portland recorded its fourth clean sheet of the season.
Tonight's match marked the second time this season Portland has logged back-to-back shutout wins (May 15 - May 22).
Steve Clark earned his 16th regular season career shutout with the Timbers, and third of this year.
Clark recorded a season-best six saves.
The Timbers are 8-1-1 when scoring first in the 2021 campaign.
Portland has scored a goal in twelve consecutive matches.
Claudio Bravo leads the league in tackles won with 42.
Santiago Moreno made his second appearance for the Timbers.
The Timbers will play their final match of a five-game road trip against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday, Sept. 10, at BC Place. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. (Pacific) and will feature a local broadcast on FOX 12 PLUS with radio broadcasts on 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).
Portland Timbers (9-10-3, 30pts) vs. Houston Dynamo FC (3-10-10, 19pts)
Sept. 3, 2021 - BBVA Stadium (Houston, Texas)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Houston Dynamo FC 0 0 0
Portland Timbers 2 0 2
POR: Y. Chara, 15
POR: Mora (penalty kick), 20
HOU: Parker (caution), 50
POR: Bravo (caution), 51
POR: Zambrano (caution), 86
POR: Mabiala (caution), 90+2
POR: GK Clark, D Bonilla (Tuiloma, 69), D Mabiala, D Zuparic, D Bravo, M D. Chara ©, M Fochive (Zambrano, 69), M Y. Chara (Moreno, 83), M Blanco (Valeri, 83), M Asprilla (Loría, 63), F Mora
Substitutes Not Used: GK Ivacic, D McGraw, M Bodily, F Niezgoda
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Mora, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Mora, 2); FOULS: 12 (Bravo, D. Chara, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 6
HOU: GK Nelson, D Valentin, D Parker, D Hadebe, D Lundkvist (Bajamich, 75), M Rodriguez (Corona, 79), M Jones (Dorsey, 46), M Vera, F Picault (Junqua, 79), F Urruti, F Pasher (Quintero, 49)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Morton, D Fuenmayor, D Bartlow, M Hoffman
TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Urruti, 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Quintero, 2); FOULS: 13 (Vera, Parker, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 12; SAVES: 2
Referee: Rubiel Vazquez
Assistant Referees: Kathryn Nesbitt, Peter Balciunas
Fourth official: Rosendo Mendoza
VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero
Weather: Sunny, 90 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial
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