PORTLAND, Ore. – In wild night that saw an explosion of goals, two red cards – one for each team – braces for Sebastián Blanco and debutant Nathan Fogaça and a team record for most team goals scored across all eras of the club, the Portland Timbers destroyed Sporting Kansas City 7-2 Saturday night at Providence Park.
- MATCHCENTER: Stats and Boxscore
The victory was Portland's 100th regular-season MLS win at Providence Park.
12' - GOAL (POR) - Portland took a 1-0 lead with a perfectly executed set piece play. Eryk Williamson lofted a free kick ball in from just outside the 18-yard box for defender Bill Tuiloma to deliver a thumping header into the back of the Sporting net in the 12th minute.
16' - SAVE (POR) - Goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic was in the right place in the 16th minute to make a save. SKC's Johnny Russell had gone to the endline to cut a ball back to Khiry Shelton inside the six-yard box. The Sporting forward one-timed his shot but Ivacic was positioned to make the save.
43' - CHANCE (POR) - Williamson picked off a pass at midfield and took off with Nathan Fogaça on his right. As they entered the box, Williamson pushed a pass off to the forward who fired on goal but SKC goalkeeper Tim Melia came off his line to block the shot. Williamson nearly collected the loose ball but everything was bundled out of bounds with a Kansas City defender.
46' - GOAL (POR) - Portland doubled their lead seconds into the second half. With Portland pressuring the SKC defense, Williamson forced a turnover and dribbled to the endline. He passed back to Cristhian Paredes atop the box who then blooped a ball over for Sebastían Blanco to run onto and volley his shot into the lower corner and a 2-0 lead.
52' - GOAL (POR) - Blanco had a brace six minutes later. Diego Chara stole the ball and passed back to his brother Yimmi in Portland's own end. Y. Chara, spying Blanco on a dead sprint forward, pinged a ball 25 yards ahead to the Argentine attacker who then raced towards goal and curled his shot into the far corner of the KC net to give Portland a 3-0 lead.
56' - GOAL (POR) - Four minutes after Blanco's second tally, he assisted Nathan Fogaça on the Brazilian's first-ever MLS goal as the two players combined on a breakneck attack forward. Blanco sent a throughball up to the Fogaça who then slotted his shot past Melia for a 4-0 Portland lead.
57' - GOAL (SKC) - Sporting pulled a goal back when a blooped ball to the back post found Johnny Russell to knock into the back of the net making the score 4-1.
69' - GOAL (POR) - Fogaça earned a brace of his own after Portland forced a turnover in their own and again broke forward with Blanco leading the charge on the left channel. Though Blanco was sitting on a hat trick, as he angled to goal, he selflessly squared a pass to Fogaça to tap in and give Portland a 5-1 lead.
72' - CHANCE (POR) - Rasmussen, on the far sideline, sent a cross into Tega Ikoba on the near post but the rookie Homegrown forward pushed his chance just wide of the right post.
74' - RED CARD (POR) - Timbers defender Josecarlos Van Rankin earned his second yellow card and accompanying red card to put Portland down to 10 men for the rest of the match.
75' - GOAL (SKC) - On a KC free kick near the corner, Marinos Tzionis headed the ball in to make the score 5-2.
78' - RED CARD (SKC) - Kansas City went down to 10 men as well when defender Robert Volodor earned his second yellow and accompanying red card for a foul on Ikoba.
88' - GOAL (POR) - Midfielder Marvin Loría made it 6-2 when he artfully picked out the upper 90 with a shot from the right side.
90+2' - GOAL (POR) - Santiago Moreno sprinted on to a ball over the top from D. Chara, headed it down to himself before rounding the 'keeper and calmly scoring to make it 7-2 for Portland thus setting a new record for most goals scored for Portland across all eras of the club.
The Portland Timbers continue their busy stretch when they travel to face the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday, May 18 (7:30pm PT, FOX 12 PLUS).
Portland Timbers (3-3-6, 15pts) vs. Sporting Kansas City (2-7-3, 9pts)
May 14, 2022 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
POR: Tuiloma (Williamson), 12
POR: Blanco (Paredes), 46
POR: Blanco (Y. Chara), 52
POR: Fogaça (Blanco), 56
SKC: Russell (Hernandez), 57
POR: Fogaça (Blanco, Williamson), 69
SKC: Tzionis (Hernandez), 75
POR: Loría (Paredes), 88
POR: Moreno (D. Chara), 90+2
SKC: Espinoza (caution), 18
SKC: Voloder (caution), 35
POR: Van Rankin (caution), 64
POR: Van Rankin (caution, ejection), 74
SKC: Voloder (caution, ejection), 78
POR: D. Chara (caution), 86
POR: GK Ivacic, D Van Rankin, D Tuiloma (McGraw, 82), D Zuparic, D Rasmussen, M Paredes, M D. Chara ©, M Williamson (Moreno, 71), F Blanco (Bonilla, 77), F Fogaça (Ikoba, 70), F Y. Chara (Loría, 83)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Bingham, M Asprilla
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Fogaça, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Fogaça, 3); FOULS: 15 (Williamson, 4); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 2
SKC: GK Melia, D Voloder, D Ford, D Ndenbe, M Rosell (Tzionis, 58), M Espinoza (Hernandez, 46), M Duke (Pierre, 84), M Walter, F Russell (Vujnovic, 84), F Shelton (Davis, 89), F Salloi
Substitutes Not Used: GK Pulskamp, D Sweat, D Fontas, D Rad
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Shelton, Espinoza, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (four players tied, 1); FOULS: 7 (Espinoza, Voloder, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 1
Referee: Victor Rivas
Assistant Referees: Jeffrey Swartzel, Eduardo Jeff
Fourth Official: Katja Koroleva
VAR: Kevin Stott
Weather: Partly cloudy, 65 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial
- The Timbers registered their 100th MLS regular season win at Providence Park.
- Portland set a club record with seven goals scored in the match.
- The Timbers are unbeaten against Sporting KC in seven straight matches (W4, D3), including MLS playoffs, dating back to Nov. 25, 2018.
- Bill Tuiloma tallied his third goal of the season. He is tied for the team lead in goals with Jaroslaw Niezgoda and Yimmi Chara.
- Four of Tuiloma’s seven career goals in MLS have been headed goals.
- Tuiloma has scored in three of the last four home games for the Timbers.
- Sebastián Blanco tallied his first two goals of the season.
- Blanco recorded his fifth career brace in his MLS career, including playoffs, with Portland.
- Tonight marked Blanco’s first two goal, two assist career performance.
- Six Timbers have scored two or more goals this season – Blanco (2) Tuiloma (3), Niezgoda (3), Y. Chara (3), Fogaça (2) and Dairon Asprilla (2).
- Blanco registered two assists to bring his season total to four assists. He is tied for the team lead with Y. Chara.
- With his two assists, Blanco recorded his fourth career multi-assist game.
- Nathan earned his first career MLS start in the match, logging 70 minutes.
- Nathan became the first Timbers player to record a brace in his MLS debut.
- Eryk Williamson recorded his first two assists of the 2022 campaign.
- Williamson registered his second career multi-assist game.
- Cristhian Paredes posted his first career multi-assist game, registering his first two assists of the campaign.
- Paredes and Williamson are the fourth and fifth players to tally two or more assist for Portland in 2022 – Y. Chara (4), Blanco (4), Moreno (2), Paredes (2) and Williamson (2).
- Yimmi Chara registered his fourth assist of the season. His four assists is tied for the team lead with Blanco.
- Diego Chara added his first assist of the 2022 season. He is the seventh player to record an assist for Portland this campaign.
- Marvin Loría and Santiago Moreno scored their first goals of the season.
- Moreno’s goal was his first in MLS regular season play.
- Tega Ikoba made his MLS debut in the match, playing 20 minutes as a substitute.
- Portland is one of four teams in MLS this season to have three players with at least three goals each (CF Montreal, D.C. United, LAFC).
- Eight different players have scored goals for the Timbers in 2022.
- Seven different players have tallied an assist for Portland this season.