Diego Valeri scored twice as the Timbers defeated the rival Sounders on Sunday. In other MLS action, NYCFC beat the Impact and the Union tied the Red Bulls.
PORTLAND, Oregon — Diego Valeri scored goals on either side of halftime to give the Portland Timbers a 3–1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Sunday.
The win extended Portland’s MLS unbeaten streak to nine games (4–0–5).
Valeri’s first came on the brink of halftime, as he combined with Lucas Melano to move the ball down the left wing. Melano eventually threaded a pass through three Seattle defenders into the path of Valeri, who sent a right-footed shot past goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
The lead was doubled five minutes into the second half with Valeri’s ninth goal of the season. After receiving a cross-field pass from Jermaine Taylor, Valeri worked past defender Joevin Jones near the goal line and sliced a shot with the outside of his foot over Frei, off the far post, and in.
In the 59th minute, Seattle’s Chad Marshall headed in Andreas Ivanschitz’s corner kick for his third goal. But Portland restored the two-goal advantage five minutes later on Fanendo Adi’s goal.
Melano carried the ball from box to box before sliding a pass across to Adi, who chipped a shot over Frei for his 10th goal of the season.
Portland’s Jake Gleeson finished with five saves to earn his sixth win of the season.
Seattle has lost seven of its last 10 league matches (2–7–1) and was missing captain Clint Dempsey. The national team star was suspended after receiving a red card in Wednesday’s match against FC Dallas.
NYCFC 3, Impact 1
Harry Shipp scored for Montreal (6–5–8). The Impact had a six-game unbeaten streak.
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Villa scored in the 35th, beating Victor Cabrera to a pass at the edge of the 18-yard box and scoring with a low shot. It was the Spaniard’s league-leading 13th and his fifth in five games against Montreal over two seasons.
Harrison struck in first-half injury time, dribbling past
Shipp got one back in the 55th on what looked like a pass from the left side intended for Drogba.
Union 2, Red Bulls 2
CHESTER, Pa. —
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The Union (8–6–6) cut the deficit in half on Sapong’s penalty kick, after Pontius drew a penalty—and a yellow card—on
The Red Bulls (8–9–4) have one win in their last six matches after winning four in a row.