The Portland Timbers extend their unbeaten streak to seven after defeating LAFC 2-1 on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. The Timbers, who beat LAFC by the same scoreline 10 days ago, have now won three matches on the bounce by a combined score of 10-2.
LAFC came out hot at their home ground and Portland was forced to settle for counter-attacking opportunities. The LA side doubled Portland’s shots in the first half but Portland ultimately won the opening half when Yimmi Chara scored in stoppage time off a pass from Dairon Asprilla.
Well-known LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley tried to reverse the Portland momentum when he made three halftime substitutions to change the look of his attack. Ultimately, it worked for Bradley and his side because Danny Musovski, one of the three subs, put one past Steve Clark in the 55th minutes.
Dairon Asprilla is having the best season of his Timber career to date and tacked on his eighth goal of the season to make it 2-1 when he hammered home a rebound after Felipe Mora his the post.
Asprilla’s goal in the 59th minute proved to be enough for the winner and marked the third consecutive time Portland beat LAFC by exactly 2-1 and their first-ever victory at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC scrapped and clawed late and were supplemented by a plus-nine stoppage time but the men from Portland stood tall and denied many crosses into the box.
With the win, Portland stays in fourth place with 43 points and they are simply one of the hottest teams in the MLS while LAFC stays below the playoff line in the Western Conference with 33 points.