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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Pedro Santos (69')
  • Larrys Mabiala (31')
  • Jeremy Ebobisse (35')
  • Jorge Moreira (90'+1')

Timbers notch first win of season by beating Crew

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Timbers pick up 1st victory of the season at Crew (2:08)

The Portland Timbers found their first win this season and snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 win at the Columbus Crew. (2:08)

The Portland Timbers scored twice in four minutes of the first half to help win their first game with a 3-1 victory over Columbus Crew SC at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday.

Larrys Mabiala made it 1-0 in the 31st minute and Jeremy Ebobisse doubled the score for the Timbers (1-5-1) to end a five-game losing streak. Diego Valeri assisted on the first score, with Sebastián Blanco helping on the second.

Pedro Santos cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 69th minute after the second poor clearance of the match by Portland goalkeeper Jeff Attinella. He was looking for an outlet but instead his throw went directly to Santos for a chip shot as he scrambled back to the net.

Attinella went to his knees to stop a long strike by Federico Higuain in the 86th minute and with the Crew pressing, Jorge Moreira sealed the win in the first minute of stoppage time.

The Timbers had just six goals entering the match while Columbus (4-3-1) had not allowed a goal at home in 385 minutes before falling behind early. The Crew also had a 9-0-2 streak at home in the regular season end. They have lost two straight.

Attinella's first gaffe wasn't as costly when he nearly gifted Columbus the opening goal in the 10th minute. He roamed outside the penalty area sent the ball straight to Higuain, whose 35-yard chip sailed left.

Attinella made amends with saves on Robinho and Jonathan Mensah before the Timbers grabbed the 1-0 lead as Mabiala headed Valeri's restart off the hands of keeper Zack Steffen. Ebobisse followed with a slotted ball from 10 yards via a service by Blanco.

The match was the first against his former club for Crew coach Caleb Porter. He was with Portland from 2013-17 and in 2015 defeated the Crew at Mapfre Stadium to win the MLS Cup.

Columbus hosts D.C. United on Wednesday. Portland continues its 12-match trip to open the season at Toronto FC on April 27.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 13 +23 30
2 Seattle Sounders FC 13 +8 26
3 Houston Dynamo 11 +8 23
4 LA Galaxy 12 +2 22
5 Minnesota United FC 12 +2 18
6 FC Dallas 12 0 17
7 Real Salt Lake 12 -2 16
8 San Jose Earthquakes 12 -5 14
9 Vancouver Whitecaps 13 -4 13
10 Portland Timbers 11 -8 11
11 Sporting Kansas City 11 0 11
12 Colorado Rapids 11 -14 2

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Philadelphia Union 13 +11 24
2 DC United 14 +5 24
3 Montreal Impact 14 -4 21
4 Atlanta United FC 11 +5 20
5 New York City FC 11 +3 18
6 Toronto FC 12 +2 17
7 Columbus Crew SC 14 -7 16
8 Chicago Fire 13 +3 16
9 New York Red Bulls 11 +2 14
10 Orlando City SC 12 -5 12
11 New England Revolution 14 -17 12
12 FC Cincinnati 12 -8 11