Fanendo Adi scores game-winning goal for Timbers against Fire
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Fanendo Adi scored his 10th goal of the season to give the Portland Timbers a 1–0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Friday night.
In the 48th minute, Diego Valeri sent a hard-driven cross toward the Chicago goal, and Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson dove low to his right to try to punch the ball clear. Instead, it deflected off the on-rushing Adi and into the net for the game-winning goal.
The win snaps a four-game winless streak for Portland (10-8-6) and moves them into fourth place in the Western Conference. Chicago (6-12-4) continues to struggle, remaining winless on the road for the season (0-7-3) and with one win in their last five matches.
Chicago was nearly gifted a goal in the 30th minute when Portland goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey tried to roll the ball to a teammate, but it instead went straight to Chicago's Jason Johnson. Unfortunately for the Fire, Johnson could not control it and a grateful Kwarasey pounced on the loose ball. Kwarasey finished the game with three saves for his 10th shutout of the season.