June 26, 2016
Timbers top Houston
PORTLAND TIMBERS 3, HOUSTON DYNAMO 2
PORTLAND, Ore.--The Portland Timbers reeled off three goals in the last 26 minutes to rally past the Houston Dynamo 3-2 Sunday at Providence Park.
Diego Valeri powered the comeback with two penalty kicks and an assist. The win lifts the Timbers into a tie for fifth place in the MLS West at 23 points (6-6-5).
Houston (3-8-5, 14) owned the first half, running up a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Andrew Wenger in the 28th minute and Will Bruin in the 30th. Boniek Garcia assisted on both, and Bruin's was the 50th of his MLS career.
Wenger opened the scoring with a low finish inside the left post after beating former Dynamo defender Jermaine Taylor on a run into the box. Two minutes later, Garcia chipped a ball over the Portland defense into the path of Bruin, who capitalized upon a missed clearance from D Liam Ridgewell to toe poke a finish inside the near post for a 2-0 advantage.
Lucas Melano put Portland back in the game in the 64th minute, darting through the Dynamo backline to reach Valeri's pass and tucking a shot past 'keeper Joe Willis.
The Dynamo proceeded to give the game away with a pair of late penalties. In the 82nd minute, David Horst handled the ball in the box, and in the 90th Willis upended Melano on a tackle, both times sending Valeri to the spot.