HOUSTON – The Portland Timbers lost 4-1 on the road to the Houston Dynamo Saturday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium.
9' - OWN GOAL (POR) - The Timbers went out to an early lead when defender Alvas Powell, open with space on the right side, sent a skipping ball into the Houston 18-yard box in search of Diego Valeri only to have Dynamo defender Alejandro Fuenmayor stick a foot out and deflect it up and over his goalkeeper Joe Willis for an own goal and a 1-0 Portland lead.
32' - GOAL (HOU) - The Dynamo tied it up on a set piece as Tomás Martinez chipped a ball into the mixer to find Alberth Elis who headed it past Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark and even the scoreline at 1-1.
39' - GOAL (HOU) - Houston doubled their lead seven minutes later as Elis countered down the right side, served a ball across the six-yard box where it was finished by Dynamo striker Mauro Manotas.
43' - CHANCE (POR) - Timbers midfielder Sebastián Blanco expertly dribbled through five different Houston players in the box before hitting a low shot on frame that forced a fingertip save from Willis.
45' - VIDEO REVIEW - Portland had a tying goal called back following a sequence where Blanco played a ball forward to Diego Valeri who crossed it for a Diego Chara tap-in on the back post. However, following a video review, referee Jair Marrufo ruled that Valeri was offside on Blanco's pass.
71' - GOAL (HOU) - Manotas scored his second goal of the match when he knocked in a rebound of an Elis shot to give the Dynamo a 3-1 lead.
76' - CHANCE (POR) - Portland's Jeremy Ebobisse lost his marker on a Valeri corner kick, leapt high and snapped a header down but right at Willis who caught the ball for a save.
81' - GOAL (HOU) - Houston's Fuenmayor made it 4-1 for the Dynamo when he scored another goal for the home side.
90+4' - CHANCE (POR) - Valeri slipped a pass forward to Blanco in the box but he pushed his shot just wide of the left post.
The Portland Timbers return home next week to host Columbus Crew SC at Providence Park on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Kickoff is 7:30pm PT on FOX 12 PLUS.
Portland Timbers (12-8-8, 44pts) at Houston Dynamo (8-13-7, 27pts)
Sept. 15, 2018 – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 1 0 1
Houston Dynamo 2 2 4
POR: Own goal (Fuenmayor), 9
HOU: Elis (Martínez), 32
HOU: Manotas (Elis, Martínez), 39
HOU: Manotas, 71
HOU: Funemayor, 81
POR: Valentin (caution), 31
POR: Ebobisse (caution), 34
HOU: Manotas (caution), 65
HOU: Fuenmayor (caution), 84
POR: Guzmán (caution), 87
POR: GK Clark, D Powell, D Mabiala, D Cascante, D Valentin (Villafaña, 56), M Chara, M Olum (Guzmán, 83), M Paredes (Polo, 63), M Valeri ©, M Blanco, F Ebobisse
Substitutes Not Used: GK McIntosh, D Tuiloma, F Melano, F Armenteros
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Valeri, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 48 (Polo, 3); FOULS: 7 (Chara, Ebobisse, 2); OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 1
HOU: GK Willis, D Wenger, D Watts (Garcia, 56), D Fuenmayor, D Beasley ©, M Alexander (Cabezas, 46), M Garcia, M Ellis, M Martínez, M Quioto (Cerén, 82), F Manotas
Substitutes Not Used: GK Seitz, M Rodriguez, D Lundqvist, F Peña
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Martinez, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Three players tied, 1); FOULS: 13 (Blomberg, 4); OFFSIDES: 2 CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 4
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Assistant Referees: Ian Anderson, Jeffrey Greeson
4th Official: Marcos Deoliveira
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic
Weather: Clear, 82 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial