First-half goals hold up as Timbers edge Dynamo
By Maaz Ahmad
June 30, 2022
Santiago Moreno scored a pair of goals in the space of two minutes in the first half and the Portland Timbers beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Darwin Quintero scored for the Dynamo, who have not won in Portland since 2011.
Yimmi Chara was brought down in the box, giving Portland an penalty kick in the 34th minute. Santiago Moreno converted for a 1-0 lead.
Just moments later Moreno beat Houston goalkeeper Steve Clark with a left-footed shot for his third goal of the season.
Moreno nearly had a hat trick in the 63rd minute but Clark stopped it at the right post.
Clark, who played for the Timbers from 2018 until last year, made his 200th career MLS appearance.
The Timbers have never had a player score a hat trick in an MLS match.
Houston narrowed the deficit in the 65th minute on Quintero's arcing shot from outside the box. It was his seventh goal of the year.