Match Recap

Portland drop 4-1 result at Sporting Kansas City 

Timbers suffer defeat in trip to Kansas City

Despite an early, first-half goal from Franck Boli, the Portland Timbers lost 4-1 to Sporting Kansas City Sunday afternoon at Children's Mercy Park.

In a first-half where SKC had the majority of possession, Boli and Portland capitalized early to set the pace. In the eighth minute, a Claudio Bravo header into the box was deflected by midfielder Santiago Moreno towards a lurking Boli. The striker fired with a sweeping left-footed shot past Kansas City goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh.

Portland and Sporting exchanged opportunities over the next 15 minutes. The hosts found an equalizer in the 33rd minute via Erik Thommy. Ten minutes later SKC seemed to have gone up 2-1 until a VAR review disallowed their 43rd minute goal due to a foul in the build up.

A couple of Boli opportunities late in the half had Portland looking to take the lead, but both teams headed into the locker room all tied at 1-1.


The second half was a different game for Portland.

In the 66th minute, Sporting went up 2-1 courtesy of a goal from Daniel Salloi. Two minutes later, they added another one via an own-goal by defender Larrys Mabiala in an attempted goal line-clearance. Finally, in the 93rd minute, Felipe Hernandez added a fourth for the hosts, brining the game to a close.

Next up for Portland, they shift focus to the Cascadia Cup against Seattle Sounders FC on June 3 at Lumen Field (1:30pm PT, Free on Apple TV, FOX).

Portland Timbers (4-7-4, 16pts) at Sporting Kansas City (3-8-4, 13pts)May 28, 2023 – Children’s Mercy Park (Kansas City, Kan.)_

Scoring Summary:
POR: Boli, 8
SKC: Thommy (Tzionis), 33
SKC: Sallói (Zusi, Leibold), 66
SKC: Own goal (Mabiala), 68
SKC: Hernández (Espinoza), 90+3

Misconduct Summary:
SKC: Fontas (caution), 47
SKC: Radoja (caution), 72
SKC: Shelton (caution), 85
POR: Loría (caution), 89

POR: GK Ivacic, D Bravo (Blanco, 81), D Mabiala, D McGraw, D Mosquera, M D. Chara ©, M Paredes, M Moreno (Y. Chara, 45, Loría, 54), M Evander, M Asprilla (Niezgoda, 81), F Boli (Fogaça, 81)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Bingham, D Rasmussen, D Miller, M Caliskan

TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Boli, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Boli, 2); FOULS: 13 (Bravo, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 4

SKC: GK McIntosh, D Fontas, D Rosero, D Ndenbe (Leibold, 62), D Davis (Zusi, 45), M Radoja, M Kinda (Espinoza, 62), M Thommy (Hernández, 77), F Pulido © (Shelton, 77), F Sallói, F Tzionis

Substitutes Not Used: GK Pulskamp, D Castellanos, D Rindov, F Afrifa

TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Sallói, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Sallói, 3); FOULS: 15 (Rosales, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 2

Referee: Rubiel Vazquez
Assistant Referees: Brian Poeschel, Stephen McGonagle
Fourth Official: Ismir Pekmic
VAR: Jorge Gonzalez
Attendance: 18,514
Weather: Sunny, 81 degrees