MATCH RECAP | Columbus Crew SC 3, Portland Timbers 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Portland Timbers received first-half goals from forward Fanendo Adi and winger Dairon Asprilla, but surrendered a late goal in the second half, falling 3-2 to Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday night. With his fourth goal of the season, Adi moved into a tie with John Bain for the most goals scored (45) in Timbers history across all eras of the club (since 1975).

Match Moments
4’ – GOAL. Portland jumped out to an early lead after a bit of sustained Timbers possession. Midfielder Sebastián Blanco cut in from the left side of the field before threading a beautiful pass through the Columbus defense to Asprilla on his right. Asprilla carried into the 18-yard box before firing a spinning shot that found the far left, lower corner.

11’ – GOAL. Columbus tied it up seven minutes later on a set piece. After a Frederico Higuain corner found its way into the mixer, Crew SC forward Justin Meram tapped in a loose ball to make it 1-1.

19’ – GOAL. The Crew then took a 2-1 lead in the 19th minute on a counter as forward Ola Kamara ran on to a ball from over the top and volleyed it over goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.

30’ – CHANCE. Blanco, operating in the middle, found Portland’s Diego Valeri about 20 yards from goal. Valeri spun free to hit a bouncing shot that beat Crew SC goalkeeper Zac Steffen but pinged off the left post.

45+3‘ – GOAL. Timbers forward Fanendo Adi received a nice ball from the right from defender Alvas Powell, took a touch and then hammered it past Steffen to tie the score just before the half at 2-2. The goal tied Adi with Timbers NASL great John Bain for the most goals scored by a player in Timbers history at 45.

46’ – CHANCE. The Timbers came storming out from the half. Adi jumped to loop a header on frame that forced a diving stop from Steffen to tip it over the bar.

84’ – GOAL. After a number of chances for both sides, Crew SC scored late when forward Niko Hansen jumped on a rebound following a strong save from Gleeson to score and make it 3-2. 

The Timbers return home next weekend to host the New England Revolution at Providence Park on April 2 (6pm PT, ESPN2).

Portland Timbers (3-1-0, 9pts) vs. Columbus Crew SC (2-1-1, 7pts)
March 25, 2017 – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

Goals by Half                            1          2          F 
Portland Timbers                       2          0          2
Columbus Crew SC                   2­­          1          3   

Scoring Summary:
POR: Asprilla (Blanco), 4
CLB: Meram, 11
CLB: Kamara (Higuaín), 19
POR: Adi (Powell), 45+3
CLB: Hansen, 84

Misconduct Summary:
POR: Chara (Caution), 25
CLB: Trapp (Caution), 26
CLB: Artur (Caution), 63
POR: Blanco (Caution), 69
POR: Valeri (Caution), 70

Lineups & Stats:
POR: GK Gleeson, D Powell, D Olum, D Miller, D Valentin (Barmby, 86), M Okugo, M Chara, M Asprilla (Mattocks, 71), M Valeri © M Blanco, F Adi

Substitutes Not Used: GK Attinella, D Myers, D Farfan, M Zemanski, F Ebobisse 

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Adi, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Adi, 3); FOULS: 17 (Blanco, 4); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 4

CLB: GK Steffen, D Afful, D Mensah (Crognale, 74), D Naess, D Francis, M Trapp, M Artur, M Finlay, M Higuaín, M Meram (Hansen, 60), F Kamara (Jahn, 89)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Stuver, D Maloney, M Jiménez, M Abu 

TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Kamara, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Kamara, 2); FOULS: 9 (Trapp, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 3

Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Assistant Referees: Jason White, Craig Lowry
4th Official: Sorin Stoica
Attendance: 11,067
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 68 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial