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Timbers show off style again

OS Pro Feed - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 6:26am
Portland blasts NYCFC 3-0 before raucous home crowd Staff report

The Portland Timbers showed off how valuable a home field is again Sunday with a dominating performance - this time over an unbeaten squad.

A three-goal performance, and their first clean sheet of the season beat New York City FC at Providence Park on a spectacularly sunny day.

Sebastian Blanco, Fanendo Adi and Larrys Mabiala scored and Jeff Attinella kept the visitors out of the net in a 3-0 win, which ended NYCFC’s undefeated streak at seven games.

“Today’s a great win," Blanco said. "We deserve this, 100 percent. We worked really hard the last two games.”

New York City had won five matches and tied two and was the only Eastern Conference team without a loss going into the weekend. And, the visitors completed nearly 800 passes during the match - a total close to the league record since records began being kept in 2010. But, they only managed three shots on goal.

The Timbers have won two straight after going without a victory in their first five matches. Portland opened the season with five straight on the road because of construction at Providence Park.

“I was really happy with the discipline of our team in how they approached the match, and especially how they worked through the entire match to get a complete result," Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said. "Very proud of the guys today.”

Blanco's goal was his fourth of the year, Adi scored for the second-straight week and Mabiala hit the target for the first time this season.

Portland has a weekend off before playing at San Jose May 5, then returns for two more games at home.

With eight points, Portland moved up to seventh place in the Western Conference standings. NYCFC remained atop the East at 17 points.

The match was played as rumors continue to swirl around NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira and the top job at Arsenal. Arsene Wenger announced Friday that he was leaving the Premier League club after 22 years this summer.

A day before his surprise announcement, Wenger was quoted as saying that he felt Vieira had the “potential” to lead Arsenal one day.

A French former midfielder, Vieira played for Arsenal from 1996-2005, scoring 29 goals in 279 appearances.

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Sportsland, Oregon 2018 - Episode 12

OS Sportsland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 8:26am

The NBA Playoffs have started, along with MLS home matches and Cliff and Derek delve into a big weekend of results and reviews ... and political reviews, too. All from Pour Sports in SE Portland.

Wed, 12/31/1969 - 5:00pm
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