Abstract: Houston Dynamo 0, Portland Timbers 2

Early goals from Yimmi Chara and Felipe Mora made all the difference as the Timbers claimed victory on the road for the second time this week and celebrated their first win at the BBVA Stadium. You are now sitting comfortably over the playoff line in sixth place and a three-game home straight is just around the corner. Houston’s struggles continued and the Dynamo extended their winless streak to 16 games. Tab Ramos’ team has not won since May 22nd and is currently 13th in the west.

It was a dream start for Portland, who took a 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes. The Timbers opened the goal through Yimmi Chara, who lunged for the ball in the penalty area after Dynamo goalkeeper Michael Nelson parried a Felipe Mora header off the line but was unable to clear the ball.

Five minutes later, Mora was on the run again but this time Nelson was knocked out in the box after beating him in a 1v1 situation. After the video briefing, referee Rubiel Vazquez pointed to the point and Mora stepped on and scored his ninth goal of the season.

Dynamo’s best chance came late in the 80th minute when Joe Corona found Sam Junqua’s head, but his header was tipped over the bar by Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark.

One last glimmer of hope for the Dynamo came late from Darwin Quintero, but Clark made it big again and played the Colombian in the 90th minute.

Houston’s defensive form held up better in the second half, keeping the Timbers goalless, but their offensive failed either. Despite several offensive reinforcements by Ramos, the Dynamo could not find the network.

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