Portland Timbers Lovel Palmer, left, fights for possession against Houston Dynamo's Carlo Costly, right, during the first half of Sunday's match.
HOUSTON — Adam Moffat and Brian Ching scored first-half goals to lead the Houston Dynamo to a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers on Sunday night.
Moffat, who came to Houston in a trade from Portland, scored his first goal of the season in the 17th minute, and Ching added his fourth 10 minutes later as the Dynamo (7-7-10) extended their unbeaten streak to three games (2-0-1).
“I think for 60 minutes we took it to them, and I think they could agree with that, too,” Timbers defender Mike Chabala said. “There was a stretch of about 15-20 minutes where we let those two goals in. You know you can’t rest with that team.”
Jack Jewsbury scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 56th minute for the Timbers (7-11-5), whose three-game unbeaten streak (1-0-2) ended.
Sal Zizzo found Darlington Nagbe with a cross at the back post. The rookie set up Jewsbury with a header and the Timbers captain hit a hard strike that caught a piece of Houston defender Andre Hainault before heading into the net.
The Timbers stopped Bobby Boswell’s point-blank shot from inside the box in the 17th minute, but the ball bounced all the way out to Moffat, who settled it and fired high into the far right corner from 35 yards out for his first goal since July 3, 2010, when he played for Columbus.
“I think we were very unlucky to not come away with something tonight.” Timbers coach John Spencer said.
DYNAMO 2, TIMBERS 1
Portland 0 1 — 1
Houston 2 0 — 2
First half — 1, Houston, Moffat 1, 17th minute. 2, Houston, Ching 4 (Clark), 27th.
Second half — 3, Portland, Jewsbury 7 (Nagbe), 56th.
Goalies — Portland, Troy Perkins; Houston, Tally Hall.
Yellow Cards — Moffat, Houston, 10th; Palmer, Portland, 55th.
Referee — Baldomero Toledo. Assistant Referees — Fabio Tovar. Ian Anderson. 4th Official — Juan Guzman.
Portland — Troy Perkins, David Horst, Eric Brunner, Mike Chabala, Darlington Nagbe (Kalif Alhassan, 73rd), Lovel Palmer, Jack Jewsbury, Sal Zizzo, Diego Chara (James Marcelin, 47th), Kenny Cooper, Eddie Johnson (Jorge Perlaza, 40th).
Houston — Tally Hall, Andre Hainault, Hunter Freeman, Bobby Boswell, Colin Clark (Je-Vaughn Watson, 69th), Brad Davis (Jermaine Taylor, 80th), Corey Ashe, Geoff Cameron, Adam Moffat, Carlo Costly (Cam Weaver, 57th), Brian Ching.