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Timbers Shut out Inter Miami Cf in 1-0 Win at Providence Park

October 3, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Portland Timbers News Release


PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers shut out Inter Miami CF in a 1-0 win at Providence Park on Sunday afternoon. Just 44 seconds after entering the match, Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored the lone goal of the game to earn Portland three points. The Timbers extended their unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1).

Timbers Extend Undefeated Streak

Today's win was Portland's seventh in its last eight matches (7-0-1). In that stretch, the Timbers have scored 18 goals, only conceding five, and have recorded four shutouts. Portland improved to 14-10-4 overall and 9-3-2 at Providence Park. The Timbers have won their last three matches at Providence Park, outscoring their opponents 9-3. After today, Portland leads the Western Conference in home wins (9). Notably, Portland currently has the longest active streak for consecutive matches with a goal scored (18) in the league.

The Goal Scorer & Playmaker

Niezgoda's game-winning goal in today's match was his second goal of the season. He has made seven appearances since coming back from a season-ending ACL injury in Nov. 2020, recording two shots and converting both of them. Overall, Niezgoda has scored nine goals in 24 regular season matches with the Timbers. Sebastián Blanco provided the assist on Niezgoda's goal. Making 19 appearances (eight starts) this season, Blanco is tied for the team lead with six assists. In his last five games, Blanco has tallied one goal and four assists.

Goal-Scoring Plays

POR - Jaroslaw Niezgoda (Sebastián Blanco), 83rd minute: Off Blanco's corner kick, Niezgoda found space at the edge of the six-yard box and redirected the ball with a quick header into the back of the net.

Notes

The Timbers are undefeated in their last eight matches (7-0-1), improving their overall record in the 2021 campaign to 14-10-4.

Portland improved its home record in the 2021 regular-season campaign today to 9-3-2.

The Timbers earned their seventh shutout of the regular season today.

Portland has the longest active streak for consecutive games with goals scored (18) in the league.

The Timbers have the most home wins in the Western Conference (9).

Portland is tied for the second-most goals (45) in the Western Conference.

The Timbers are 13-1-1 when scoring first this season.

Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored his second goal of the regular season and ninth across two seasons with the Timbers.

Niezgoda has made seven appearances this season in the 2021 campaign after coming back from an ACL injury (Nov. 2020).

In his regular-season career with Portland, Niezgoda has attempted 14 total shots, 11 of those on frame, and nine of them being goals.

Sebastián Blanco recorded his sixth assist in today's match and is tied with Marvin Loría for most assists on the team.

Blanco has started in eight of 19 appearances this season, tallying three goals and six assists in those matches.

In his last five games, Blanco has tallied one goal and four assists.

Steve Clark recorded his fifth clean sheet of the regular season today.

Felipe Mora led the team in shots (5) today.

Yimmi Chara recorded a team-high five chances created.

Next Game

Following the international break, Portland will travel for a road match against the LA Galaxy on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Dignity Health Sports Park. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) and will feature a local broadcast FOX 12 PLUS with radio broadcasts on 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).

Portland Timbers (14-10-4, 46pts) vs. Inter Miami CF (9-13-5, 32pts)

Oct. 3, 2021 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)

Goals by Half 1 2 F

Portland Timbers 0 1 1

Inter Miami CF 0 0 0

Scoring Summary:

POR: Niezgoda (Blanco), 83

Misconduct Summary:

MCF: Figal (caution), 18

POR: D. Chara (caution), 67

Lineups:

POR: GK Clark, D Van Rankin, D Mabiala, D Zuparic, D Bravo, M D. Chara ©, M Fochive (Paredes, 68), M Y. Chara (Moreno, 90+4), M Loria (Blanco, 68), M Asprilla (Niezgoda, 82), F Mora

Substitutes Not Used: GK Ivacic, D Bonilla, D McGraw, D Tuiloma, M Zambrano

TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Mora, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Mora, 2); FOULS: 10 (D. Chara, 4); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 5

MCF: GK Marsman, D Figal (Leerdam, 58), D Gonzalez Pirez, D Makoun, M Chapman (Matuidi, 58), M Morgan, M Pizarro (F. Higuain, 76), M Shea (Gibbs, 79), M Gregore © (Vassilev, 90), F G. Higuain, F Robinson (Carranza, 76)

Substitutes Not Used: GK McCarthy, D Guediri, M Azcona

TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Pizarro, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Shea, 2); FOULS: 9 (Carranza, 2); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 2

Referee: Robert Sibiga

Assistant Referees: Jose Da Silva, Apolinar Mariscal

Fourth official: Brandon Stevis

VAR: Allen Chapman

Attendance: 22,006

Weather: Cloudy, 68 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial


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