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Diego Valeri powers Portland Timbers past Houston Dynamo

The Portland Timbers exploded for three second-half goals in a 4-0 win over the Houston Dynamo

Diego Valeri had a goal and three assists to help lift the Portland Timbers to a 4-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 25,218 at Providence Park Saturday night.

It was the Timbers’ first MLS home win and first clean sheet of the season, while the Dynamo have dropped three straight league contests away from BBVA Stadium. The teams played to a 1-1 draw in Houston on May 15.

Valeri got the party started in the 39th minute, playing a long ball into the box that Jorge Moreira headed down to Marvin Loria, who fired a first-time strike past goalkeeper Joe Willis for his first MLS goal on his league debut.

Loria received another pass from Valeri and took a touch into the box where the 22-year-old went down with referee Alan Kelly ruling DaMarcus Beasley tripped him. Valeri stepped to the penalty spot and doubled the Timbers’ lead in the 61st minute with his fourth goal of the season.

Two minutes later, Valeri sprung Brian Fernandez on a quick counterattack and the Argentine Designated Player slipped a low shot inside the far post for his fifth goal in just four appearances since arriving from Necaxa in early May.

Jun 22, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Marvin Loria (44) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first half against the Houston Dynamo at Providence Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Ebobisse made a similar run on another Valeri pass, cut inside a Houston defender and pushed his low shot just past Willis’ outstretched arms and inside the far post for his fifth goal of the campaign.

Both teams have a quick turnaround to their next league fixture Wednesday night with Portland (5-7-2, 17 points) flying to Montreal to meet the Impact at Stade Saputo, while Houston (7-4-3, 24 points) meets the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium.




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