Timbers earn road win, downing New York City FC in the Bronx

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

BRONX, N.Y. – In a battle of two underachieving sides, Dairon Asprilla tilted the tables in favor of the Portland Timbers.

A brilliant, dizzying run from Darlington Nagbe took four defenders out of position, leaving Asprilla enough room to blast a shot that took a deflection past New York City FC keeper Josh Saunders for the game deciding goal, sending 21,891 fans at Yankee Stadium home empty handed.

“I’m actually very encouraged by the performance in the last two matches,” head coach Jason Kreis noted after the match, lamenting the absence of star players David Villa and Mix Diskerud. “It shows that I think we are moving in the right direction. I think we have the necessary qualities to be a good team in this league but for whatever reason right now, I honestly feel that we are getting quite unfortunate. Really unlucky.”

“I have to believe over the course of the season we will get some luck on our side and this will level out.”

Luck was certainly in Portland’s favor in the dying minutes. Twice, rookie Khiry Shelton found looks in the waning minutes of the match — once, on a 16-yard blast sent right on goal, and again, denied by goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey one-on-one with a magnificent toe save. City, however, failed to find a manner to convert, despite spells of strong possession.

Once again attempting to debunk their seemingly predictable slow starts to matches, NYCFC came out on an attacking foot.  Portland were content to play the counter on the difficult Yankee Stadium surface, allowing NYCFC to dictate play in their area.  Both Patrick Mullins and Mehdi Ballouchy managed shots on frame in a listless opening 45 minutes for the home side.

The biggest moment in the first half was the most lamentable one. Former New England Revolution striker Tony Taylor suffered an apparent extended knee, falling to the ground without contact.  Sebastian Velasquez immediately replaced the striker.

Portland came out in a more aggressive stance to open the second, nearly forcing an own goal situation in the NYCFC area.  New York answered in the 58th minute, following a Mullins shot which Kwarasey did well to save. The ensuing rebound was cleared by defensive stalwart, Liam Ridgewell.

Jeb Brovsky kept NYCFC in the match with a brilliant sliding challenge on a clear opportunity for Fanendo Adi, but even his heroics would not be enough on the night.

New York City FC are now winless in five matches (0-3-2), and have one victory in their first seven matches.  They head on the road to face the Chicago Fire this Friday night.

Scoring Summary:

79’ Darion Asprilla POR (Assist: Gaston Fernandez)

Misconduct Summary:

68’ Alvas Powell POR (Yellow Card)

Lineups:

New York City FC: Josh Saunders, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Jason Hernandez, Chris Wingert, Javier Calle Jeb Brovsky(Pablo Alvarez 83’), Mehdi Ballouchy (Kwadwo Poku 74’), Andrew Jacobson, Khiry Shelton,  Ned Grabavoy, Tony Taylor (Sebastian Velasquez 35’), Patrick Mullins

Unused substitutes: Ryan Meara, Thomas McNamara, Andres Mendoza, Adam Nemac

TOTAL SHOTS: 21;  SHOTS ON GOAL:  5; FOULS:  12; OFFSIDE:  2; CORNER KICKS:  8; SAVES: 2.

Portland Timbers: Adam Kwarasey, Alvas Powell, Nat Borchers, Liam Ridgewell, Jorge Villafana, Diego Chara, Jack Jewsbury, Ishmael Yartey (Gaston Fernandez 74’), Darion Asprilla (Jeanderson 90’), Darlington Nagbe, Fanendo Adi (Maximiliano Urruti 84’)

Unused substitutes: Andrew Weber, Norberto Paparatto, George Fochive

TOTAL SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES:  5.

Referee: Armando Villareal

Referee’s Assistants: Craig Lowry, Brian Poeschel

4th Official: Jose Carlos Rivero

Referee Assessor: Paul Rejer

Attendance: 21,891


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  • Resguard

    Idk, this team isn’t worth supporting, as a resident of NY, you can’t lose as a team from NY, we don’t allow losers in this city.

  • Chepe pedos

    Jajajaja ..

  • Anonymous

    43,782 blood-stained hands

  • Stone cold Steve Austin

    Once Lampard arrives, he will make everybody good around him.
    He will be another Beckham and demand his teammates to play like real soccer players and for sure they will get another DP.
    If nycfc don’t get their head out of the NYC scene and keep acting like they are Real Madrid or Manchester United then they might get a cruel reality check.

  • LI Matt

    I don’t believe NYCFC is “underachieving”. This is an expansion team, this is what expansion teams do in their first season. Why would anyone think they’d be a Supporters’ Shield contender right out of the gate?

    • RealTalk

      No one thinks so but since the team is hated, we’re going to hold them to an unrealistic standard just so we can have something to talk about.

  • Anthony

    Someone needs to call out their management for the laughable attendance reporting going on. Over 20K these last two games??? Not even close. Every team fudges the tickets sold numbers a little….but this is pretty extreme…i would wager they are near doubling it now, no doubt to try and make a claim this is a popular side for stadium hunting and negotiations. Is there not a single thing about this franchise that inst fake as ****?

    • Resguard

      Real attendance numbers where about 6 people, the rest just seemed to be some sort of lobotomize type of persons.

    • Larry’s A Simpleton

      how would you know ant? were you at the game? or are you like all delusional cosblos fans and get your info from overhearing conversations between security guards at court houses? BTW dick head, what was the real attendance at the lacrosse stadium the other night? lol at you asswipe. imagine a fan of the fake cosblos talking about fake!!! really sucks to be a cosblos fan doesn’t it?

  • Stone cold Steve Austin

    I’m an RBO troll and this doesn’t work well for me. I need the attendance at 40k, wins and probably a life but what do you expect from a guy that makes $12 an hour.

    • Stone cold Steve Austin

      Fake stone cold Steve Austin. I’m the real one :)
      Why so much hate :)
      12$ an hour is pretty good depending where you live and if you don’t need to support a family, even better.
      Relax and enjoy life.

      • Stone cold Steve Austin

        Enjoy life? I’m the real loser Stone. And even though I don’t make $12 an hour I complain about Red Bull and wish I could french kiss Petke.


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