The Portland Timbers defeated New York City FC 1-0 behind Diego Valeri's 44th minute goal in front of 23,651 fans at Yankee Stadium in New York. The goal marked the seventh consecutive match in a row in which Valeri has scored, tying the MLS record for goals in consecutive games.
The result gives the Timbers 44 points and sole possession of first place in the Western Conference. The Timbers next travel to Salt Lake City to play Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, September 16 (6:30pm PT, KPDX).
24' - SAVE - Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella gets down low to deny an Andrea Pirlo free kick.
25' - SAVE - Timbers defender Larrys Mabiala tracks back deep to cut out a NYCFC opportunity in the box.
41' - CHANCE - Timbers midfielder David Guzman puts a free kick right onto the head of defender Roy Miller, whose header is saved by NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson, but Diego Valeri can't quite finish the rebound.
44' - TIMBERS GOAL - After stripping Andrea Pirlo of the ball, forward Darren Mattocks lays a pass across the box right to Valeri who makes no mistake with the finish, effortlessly sliding it past Johnson for the 1-0 lead.
47' - SAVE - Jeff Attinella comes up with a massive point-blank save after NYCFC defender Frederic Brillant gets his head on the end of a beautiful Pirlo free kick.
55' - CHANCE - Guzman sends in a perfect corner kick right to the head of Vytas whose header is on frame, but NYCFC's Johnson is there to keep the match at 1-0.
57' - SAVE - Attinella once again comes up with a big save, this time diverting a long-distance effort from Jack Harrison.
64' - CHANCE - Brilliant hold-up play from substitute Jeremy Ebobisse plays Diego Valeri through alone on goal, but he can't get his far post effort past Johnson.
84' - CHANCE - Sebastian Blanco goes one-on-one with Johnson and lays off a pretty pass to Valeri, whose strong one-time effort is somehow parried away by Johnson.
Portland Timbers (12-9-8, 44pts) vs. New York City FC (15-8-5, 50pts)
Sept. 9, 2017 – Yankee Stadium (New York City)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 1 0 1
New York City FC 0 0 0
POR: Valeri (Mattocks), 44
POR: Guzmán (Caution), 22
POR: Blanco (Caution), 27
NYC: Allen (Caution), 71
POR: Chara (Caution), 75
NYC: Moralez (Caution), 88
POR: Valeri (Caution), 90+5
Lineups & Stats:
POR: GK Attinella, D Valentin, D Mabiala, D Miller, D Vytas (Olum, 60), M Guzmán, M Chara, M Blanco, M Valeri ©, M Nagbe (Barmby, 86), F Mattocks (Ebobisse, 50)
Substitutes Not Used: GK McIntosh, D Powell, M Zemanski, M Arboleda
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Valeri, 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Valeri, 5); FOULS: 13 (Guzmán, 4); OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 3
NY: GK Johnson, D Allen (Lewis, 73), D Brilliant, D Callens, D Sweat, M Pirlo (Okoli, 67), M McNamara, M Shelton, M Moralez, M Wallace (Sterzer, 83), F Harrison
Substitutes Not Used: GK Johansen, D Sturna, D Sands, M Awuah
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Roldan, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Three players tied, 1); FOULS: 13 (Four players tied, 2); OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 7
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referees: Charles Morgante, Jeff Muschik
4th Official: Ted Unkel
VAR: Geoff Gamble
Weather: Cloudy, 67 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial