FC Cincinnati crunches Timbers
The Portland Timbers were the perfect guests for FC Cincinnati's first MLS home game.
The Timbers continued to conceded goals at a stunning pace in a 3-0 loss to the most recent expansion team, the first MLS win for FC Cincinnati.
Three games into a daunting 12-game road stretch to open the season, Portland has a draw and two losses. FC Cincinnati is 1-1-1.
Kendall Waston, Allan Cruz and Mathieu Deplagne scored goals for Cincinnati, which led 1-0 at halftime and scored twice in less than three minutes early in the second half.
For the second week in a row, Portland finished with 10 men. This time, it was center back Larrys Mabiala picking up a second yellow card in the 70th minute. He will miss the Timbers' March 31 game at the Los Angeles Galaxy, as Diego Chara missed Sunday's game after pocking up two yellows a week earlier at LAFC.
Portland has allowed 10 goals three games into the season.
Pushed by a sellout crowd of 32,250 at Nippert Stadium, FC Cincinnati was the more dangerous team start to finish. FCC outshot Portland 17-10 (7-3 on goal) and earned 10 corner kicks after earning only one through its first two matches.
Cincinnati's first goal came in the 15th minute and was scored by team captain Waston.
Waston beat defender Claude Dielna to a free kick from about 35 yards off the foot of Leonardo Bertone, who curled a ball to the 6-yard box for Waston's open header.
In the 60th minute, a tricky back-heel finish from Ruiz made the score 2-0 after a deflected shot fell to him.
Moments later, Deplante was open at the back post to convert an unchallenged cross from former Timber Darren Mattocks.
Portland's best chance of the first half was a 32nd-minute flurry that included a low 30-yard drive from Bill Tuiloma on wihch goalkeeper Spencer Richey made a strong save diving to his left. On the resulting corner kick, Dairon Asprilla had a doorstep chance at the far post that Richey was able to slide across and block. That was one of only two real quality chances for Portland.
Early in the second half, Diego Valeri sent a free kick from 21 yards straight away high and wide to the right.
Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese made five changes to the starting lineup: Dielna at left center back, Tuiloma and Cristhian Paredes in midfield, Asprilla on the wing and Lucas Melano at forward.
Former Timber Fanendo Adi sent a header just high from close range early in the first half but was injured late in the first half when Mabiala fell on his left foot. Adi was replaced by Mattocks at halftime. Alvas Powell, another former Timber, played right back for Cincinnati.