TUCSON, Ariz. – Utilizing two separate lineups for the second straight match to start the 2016 preseason, the Portland Timbers first-half group held their opponent scoreless and did not allow a shot on goal for a second consecutive match Wednesday evening at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz. Midfielder Dairon Asprilla opened the scoring in the 38th minute for Portland, helping the first group earn a one-goal advantage over the Houston Dynamo. In the second half, 13 different players made an appearance for the Timbers, but Mauro Manotas scored a late goal for Houston as the teams settled for a 1-1 draw.
A total of 24 players saw action on the field for the Timbers as the two teams squared off for the fifth time in preseason competition on Wednesday. Asprilla registered the first goal of the preseason for Portland in the first half, collecting a loose ball near the edge of the box and dribbling past his defender before firing a shot off the left post and into the goal.
With both teams fielding completely different lineups for the second half, Portland’s second group came out strong and nearly doubled the lead in the 47th minute by forcing a Houston defender to clear the ball off the line. Later in the half, Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson made a key stop, pushing the ball over the crossbar on a free-kick attempt by Leonel Miranda in the 66th minute, but Houston was able to level the overall score on the counter attack in the 74th minute when Manotas got past a defender and sent a shot into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Next up, the Timbers play Seattle Sounders FC in their third preseason match Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Kino Sports Complex at 6 p.m. (Pacific). Saturday’s match will be available via live web stream at www.timbers.com.
- Utilizing two different lineups during the match, 24 different players saw action Wednesday for Portland against Houston.
- Wednesday’s match marked the fifth time the Timbers and Dynamo have met in a preseason match.
- Midfielder Dairon Asprilla tallied his first goal of the preseason and became the 32nd different player to score a goal in a preseason match for the Timbers.
- Portland’s first-half group has held consecutive opponents scoreless and without a shot on goal in each of the first two preseason matches.
Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo (MLS Preseason)
Feb. 3, 2016 – Kino Sports Complex (Tucson, Ariz.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Houston Dynamo 0 1 1
Portland Timbers 1 0 1
POR: Asprilla, 38
HOU: Manotas (Miranda), 74
POR: Brett (Caution), 65
POR: Idowu (Caution), 71
POR: GK Kwarasey, D Powell, D Borchers, D Taylor, D Valentin, M Zemanski, M Chara, M Asprilla, M Valeri, M Melano, F Adi
HOU: GK Deric, D Williams, D Rodríguez, D Ibeagha, D Beasley, M Lovejoy, M Alex, M García, F Wenger, F Barnes, F Torres
POR: GK Gleeson, D Peay, D Morley^, D Manning, D Thoma, M Idowu+, M Besler, M Brett^ (Belmar+, 81), M Avila*, M Polk^ (Seaton, 81), F McInerney,
HOU: GK Willis, D Bourgeois (Hunter, 83), D Horst, D Anibaba, D Magalhães^, M Miranda, M Olabiyi, M Steinberger, M Casner^, F Catic% (Lucatero, 83), F Manotas
* Trialist/guest player; ^ 2016 MLS SuperDraft pick, + signed by T2 (USL affiliate), % signed by RGV FC Toros (USL affiliate)