ORLANDO, Fla. – Despite a penalty kick goal and assist from midfielder Diego Valeri and defender Bill Tuiloma's first career MLS goal, the Portland Timbers fell 3-2 to Orlando City SC Sunday at Orlando City Stadium.
The Lions came from behind with goals from Chris Mueller, Sacha Klejstan and Dom Dwyer.
3' - CHANCE (POR): Portland had a chance early as midfielder Andy Polo, freed up on the left side with a pass from Sebastián Blanco, went straight to goal with his shot. Goalkeeper Joe Bendik got a hand to it and it was then cleared away by the Orlando defense.
11' - BLOCK (POR): A cross from the end line into Orlando's Josué Colman at the penalty spot gave the forward a close shot on target that Portland defender Zarek Valentin managed to deflect away with a timely block.
20' - GOAL (POR): After a VAR review, a penalty was awarded to Portland following a foul on Blanco in the box. The review also rescinded a second yellow card on Blanco. Midfielder Diego Valeri stepped to the spot and lasered a shot into the left corner to give the Timbers a 1-0 lead.
45+2' - SAVE (POR): Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson made a miraculous save following an Orlando corner where the ball fell to Justin Meram. Meram's point-blank shot was parried away by Gleeson right on the doorstep.
48' - CHANCE (POR): Cristhian Paredes combined with Blanco on a nice give-and-go that freed Blanco up for a hard shot that clanged off the crossbar down and away. Paredes' attempt on the rebound with a half-volley was then blocked by the Orlando defense.
49 - CHANCE (POR): A minute later, Valeri was freed up on the right side with a nice through ball from Paredes. He slipped a shot through that pinged off the far post and away.
59' - GOAL (POR): Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma scored his first career MLS goal as he thumped a header into the top corner of the Orlando goal for a 2-0 Portland lead. Valeri picked up the assist via a pinpoint free kick from the right side of the 18-yard box.
80' - GOAL (ORL): Orlando pulled a goal back as Chris Mueller flicked on a header into the back of the Portland net to make the score 2-1.
82' - GOAL (ORL): Following a controversial foul called by referree Baldomero Toledo on Alvas Powell to Dom Dwyer in the box, midfielder Sacha Klejstan converted the penalty to make it 2-2.
87' - GOAL (ORL): Dwyer scored as he ran onto a ball from RJ Allen to give Orlando a 3-2 lead.
90' - CHANCE (POR): Dairon Asprilla burst down the right side in on goal. His hard shot was saved, though, by Bendik.
90+4' - CHANCE (POR): Diego Chara whipped in a great cross that a diving Asprilla headed just wide of the far post.
The Timbers return home to Providence Park for the 2018 home opener on Saturday, Apr. 14 against Minnesota United FC (7:30pm PT, FOX 12 Oregon).
Portland Timbers (0-3-2, 2pts) vs. Orlando City SC (2-2-1, 7pts)
April 8, 2018 – Orlando City Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 1 1 2
Orlando City SC 0 3 3
POR: Valeri (penalty kick), 20
POR: Tuiloma (Valeri), 59
ORL: Mueller (Yotún), 80
ORL: Kljestan (penalty kick), 82
ORL: Dwyer (Allen, 87)
POR: Blanco (caution), 8
ORL: El-Munir (caution), 28
POR: Gleeson (caution), 77
ORL: Dwyer (caution), 90+2
POR: GK Gleeson, D Powell (Farfan, 88), D Mabiala, D Tuiloma, D Valentin, M Paredes (Olum, 64), M Chara, M Polo, M Valeri ©, M Blanco, F Armenteros (Asprilla, 68)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Attinella, D Cascante, M Flores, F Adi
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Blanco, Paredes, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Six players tied, 1); FOULS: 11 (Armenteros, Powell, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 4
ORL: GK Bendik, D Sutter (Allen, 57), D Spector ©, D Sané, D El-Munir, M Johnson, M Yotú, M Colmán (Mueller, 67), M Kljestan, M Meram (Pinho, 76), F Dwyer
Substitutes Not Used: GK Edwards Jr., M Higuita, M Powers, D Tarek
TOTAL SHOTS: 24 (Kljestan, Meram, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Kljestan, 4); FOULS: 9 (Spector, Sutter, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 12; SAVES: 4
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistant Referees: Adam Garner, Eduardo Mariscal
4th Official: Nima Saghafi
VAR: Kevin Stott
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 75 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial