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Fanendo Adi scored in last game for Portland, giving Timbers a 2-1 victory

Fanendo Adi scored in what was perhaps his last game for Portland, giving the host Timbers a 2-1 victory against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.


Reuters 29 Jul 2018, 05:17 AM Nigeria

Fanendo Adi scored in what was perhaps his last game for Portland, giving the host Timbers a 2-1 victory against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.

Portland (9-3-7, 34 points) extended its unbeaten streak to 14 matches and improved to 6-0-3 this season at Providence Park.

Adi, who requested a trade earlier in the week, was listed on the 18-man gameday roster only because fellow forward Samuel Armenteros was scratched with a sore back.

Adi came on as a substitute in the 75th minute and scored the winner five minutes later on a goalmouth scramble. Diego Valeri was credited with an assist.

Sebastian Blanco also scored for the Timbers. Romell Quioto got the lone goal for Houston (7-8-6, 27 points).

The Timbers opened the scoring in the seventh minute. From midfield, Valeri found Alvas Powell open down the right wing. Powell was able to deke defender DaMarcus Beasley to make a cross toward the far post, with Blanco sprinting onto the pass and putting a left-footed volley past Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis from about 12 yards out.

The Dynamo tied it in the 12th minute on a defensive miscue. Alberth Elis stole the ball from Portland defender Julio Cascante about 30 yards from the goal and dribbled down the right wing. Goalkeeper Jeff Attinella slipped while attempting to thwart Elis' cross, and Quioto was alone at the far post to tap the ball into an empty net.

Portland's Dairon Asprilla nearly scored a highlight-reel goal in the 22nd minute, but his bicycle kick from 10 yards was knocked away by Willis.

Quioto almost scored in the 33rd minute, as he was left alone at the top of the 6-yard box when Powell slipped and fell. Quioto's header off a cross from Tomas Martinez went just wide of the left post.

Martinez started for Houston after having his red card from Wednesday's 3-1 home loss to Philadelphia rescinded on appeal by a three-person panel.

The start of the game was pushed back two hours because of high temperatures in the Portland area. It was still 86 degrees at kickoff at 8 p.m. local time.

 

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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