Timbers Take Down Real Salt Lake 6-1
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers earned a 6-1 victory against Real Salt Lake at Providence Park on Saturday night. The Timbers extended their unbeaten streak to six games and matched the largest margin of victory in club history.
Timbers Extend Undefeated Streak to Six
Tonight's victory was Portland's fifth in the last six matches (5-0-1), scoring a total of 15 goals in that stretch. The Timbers improved to 12-10-4 overall and 8-3-2 at Providence Park, tied for the most home wins in the Western Conference. With tonight's win, Portland continued to climb in the standings to currently claim fourth place with 40 points.
The Timbers matched the club's largest margin of victory tonight at five goals, last happening Sept. 19, 2020 at San Jose. Tonight's victory also marked the most goals scored in a game since Portland's 6-3 victory against LA Galaxy on Oct. 7, 2020. This is the first time in club history that six different players scored a goal in a single game.
Goal Scorers & Play Makers
Six different Portland players tallied a goal for the first time in club history. Felipe Mora, who leads the team with 11 goals this season, opened the scoring for the Timbers in the 27th minute, followed by Dairon Asprilla just nine minutes later. Asprilla's scored for a second consecutive match, tallying his seventh goal of the season. Three minutes into the second half of the match, Yimmi Chara followed by scoring the third goal for Portland and his fourth this season. Notably, Diego Chara and Jaroslaw Niezgoda notched their first goals of the 2021 campaign, followed by Cristhian Paredes, who topped off the scoring for the Timbers in the 88th minute. Sebastián Blanco recorded two assists, increasing his season total to five, trailing only Marvin Loría for most assists on the team (6). Seven Timbers players tallied an assist tonight (Blanco, Claudio Bravo, Y. Chara, D. Chara, Loría, Santiago Moreno, Dario Zuparic).
POR - Felipe Mora (Sebastián Blanco, Diego Chara), 27th minute: Diego Chara began the play when he sent a ball to Blanco on the left wing of the field. Blanco dribbled into the left side of the box, beating a Salt Lake defender and passing the ball to Mora, who converted near the edge of the six-yard box with a right-footed strike.
POR - Dairon Asprilla (Dario Zuparic), 36th minute: Off a free kick, Zuparic delivered a long ball from past midfield into the box that Asprilla headed with a first touch past the RSL goalkeeper into the net.
RSL - Damir Kreilach, 41st minute : Kreilach found a loose ball near the goal line that deflected off Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark. Kreilach tapped the ball into the goal with his right foot.
POR - Yimmi Chara (Sebastián Blanco), 48th minute: Blanco dribbled down the left side of the box and passed the ball to Yimmi Chara, who sent a curling strike from the top of the box into the right corner of the goal.
POR - Diego Chara (Yimmi Chara), 68th minute: On a breakaway, Yimmi Chara passed the ball through two Real Salt Lake defenders to find Diego Chara on the right wing. Diego Chara dribbled into the box and shot the ball low into the left corner of the goal.
POR - Jaroslaw Niezgoda (Santiago Moreno), 85th minute: Moreno and Niezgoda combined in the box. With a quick touch, Moreno laid the ball off for Niezgoda, who converted near the penalty spot.
POR - Cristhian Paredes (Marvin Loría, Claudio Bravo), 88th minute: Bravo began the play when he sent a ball to Loría on the right side of the field. Loría dribbled toward the box and cut the ball back to Paredes, who surged down field and unleashed a strike into the upper left corner of the goal from close range.
The Timbers are undefeated in their last six matches (5-0-1), improving their overall record in the 2021 campaign to 12-10-4.
Portland improved its home record in the 2021 regular-season campaign tonight to 8-3-2 and is tied for most home wins in the Western Conference with Minnesota United FC.
Portland has scored a goal in 16 consecutive matches this season and is tied for the second-most goals (42) in the Western Conference.
The Timbers are 11-1-1 when scoring first this season.
The Timbers have won six out of their last nine matches (6-2-1) against RSL since October in 2018. In those nine matches, Portland has scored 25 goals.
Tonight marked the first time six different players scored a goal in a single game.
Felipe Mora scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season tonight, recording a new career best.
Eight of Mora's 11 goals have been scored at Providence Park.
Mora has scored nine goals in his last 13 matches.
Dairon Asprilla scored his seventh goal of the 2021 campaign and 14th in the regular season with the Timbers since 2014.
Asprilla is the only Timbers player to appear in all 26 regular season matches in 2021.
Yimmi Chara recorded his fourth goal of the season and eighth of his regular season career with the Timbers.
Y. Chara tallied his fourth assist of the season tonight.
Diego Chara notched his first goal of this season and 11th regular season goal with the Timbers.
D. Chara also tallied his 27th career assist for Portland.
Jaroslaw Niezgoda recorded his first goal in the 2021 campaign tonight after coming back from an ACL injury (Nov. 2020).
Cristhian Paredes scored Portland's last goal in tonight's match, recording his second goal this season and seventh with the Timbers.
Sebastián Blanco recorded two assists in tonight's match, sitting at second most in the team with five this season.
Blanco has started in seven matches this season, tallying three goals and five assists in those matches.
Claudio Bravo tallied his second assist for the Timbers tonight.
Marvin Loría recorded his team-leading sixth assist tonight.
Santiago Moreno recorded his first MLS assist in his fifth appearance for the Timbers tonight.
Dario Zuparic recorded his second career assist with the Timbers.
Seventeen different players to have recorded an assist for Portland this season. Twelve of them have tallied more than two assists.
Steve Clark recorded a season-best eight saves in the match.
With a short turnaround, the Timbers will head to Los Angeles to face LAFC for a midweek match on Wednesday at Banc of California Stadium. Kick-off 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 (12-10-4, 40pts) vs. Real Salt Lake (10-10-6, 36pts)
Sept. 25, 2021 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 2 4 6
Real Salt Lake 1 0 1
POR: Mora (Blanco, D. Chara), 27
POR: Asprilla (Zuparic), 36
RSL: Kreilach, 41
POR: Y. Chara (Blanco), 48
POR: D. Chara (Y. Chara), 68
POR: Niezgoda (Moreno), 85
POR: Paredes (Loría, Bravo), 88
POR: Y. Chara (caution), 45+3
RSL: Ruiz (caution), 51
RSL: Glad (caution), 73
POR: GK Clark, D Van Rankin, D Tuiloma, D Zuparic, D Bravo, M D. Chara ©, M Fochive (Paredes, 75), M Y. Chara (Valeri, 85), M Blanco (Loría, 80), M Asprilla (Moreno, 75), F Mora (Niezgoda, 80)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Ivacic, D Bonilla, D McGraw, M Zambrano
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Mora, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Asprilla, 2); FOULS: 14 (Five players tied, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 8
RSL: GK Ochoa, D Glad, D Holt, D Herrera, D Datkovic (Powder, 45), M Ruiz (Julio, 77), M Kreilach, M Meram (Menéndez, 63), M Rusnak ©, M Luiz, F Rubin (Iloski, 89)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Putna, D Morgan, M Besler, M Chang
TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Powder, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Meram, 3); FOULS: 9 (Glad, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 3
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: Brian Poeschel, Ryan Graves
Fourth official: Ramy Touchan
VAR: Younes Marrakchi
Weather: Sunny, 81 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial
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