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Timbers fall flat in Austin, 3-1

All Austin goals come in first 30 minutes of game

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Austin FC midfielder Alex Ring protects the ball from Portland Timbers forward Dairon Asprilla during an MLS soccer match Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (Aaron E.
Austin FC midfielder Alex Ring protects the ball from Portland Timbers forward Dairon Asprilla during an MLS soccer match Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (Aaron E. Martinez/Austin American-Statesman via AP) Photo Gallery

AUSTIN, Texas — Cecilio Domínguez converted a penalty kick in the 11th minute, Diego Fagundez added a goal and an assist and Austin FC beat the Portland Timbers 3-1 on Saturday night.

Domínguez, a 27-year-old designated player from Paraguay, opened the scoring from the spot after video review confirmed a foul in the area by Josecarlos Van Rankin.

Fagundez put away an arcing ball-in by Nick Lima with a header from 6 yards out in the 14th minute and then, after defender Bill Tuiola fell into goal as he blocked a shot by Jon Gallagher, played a ball to Sebastian Driussi for a one-touch finish that made it 3-0 in the 29th.

It was the first MLS goal by the 25-year-old Argentine, who signed as designated player with Austin (5-11-1) on July 29.

Dairon Asprilla scored his career-high fifth goal of the season for Portland (7-10-3) to cap the scoring in the 55th minute. The 29-year-old came into this season with 47 starts and seven goals over six MLS seasons.

Austin scored a club-record four goals in its win over the Timbers on July 1.

Portland is winless in five straight away matches against expansion teams, conceding at least three goals in all four losses. The Timbers are winless in their last three games, including a 6-2 home loss to the rival Seattle Sounders.

AUSTIN FC 3, TIMBERS 1

Portland 0 1—1

Austin FC 3 0—3

First Half—1, Austin FC, Dominguez, 5 (penalty kick), 11th minute; 2, Austin FC, Fagundez, 4 (Lima), 14th; 3, Austin FC, Driussi, 1 (Fagundez), 29th.

Second Half—4, Portland, Asprilla, 5 (Chara), 55th.

Goalies—Portland, Steve Clark, Aljaz Ivacic; Austin FC, Brad Stuver, Andrew Tarbell.

Yellow Cards—Zuparic, Portland, 64th; Pochettino, Austin FC, 83rd.

Referee—Guido Gonzales Jr. Assistant RefereesJeremy Hanson, Diego Blas, Daniel Radford. 4th Official—Brandon Stevis.

A—20,738.

Lineups

Portland—Steve Clark; Pablo Bonilla (Zac McGraw, 87th), Bill Tuiloma, Jose Van Rankin (Larrys Mabiala, 46th), Dario Zuparic; Diego Chara, George Fochive, Eryk Williamson (Sebastian Blanco, 46th); Dairon Asprilla (Jaroslaw Niezgoda, 87th), Yimmi Chara (Diego Valeri, 74th), Felipe Mora.

Austin FC—Brad Stuver; Matt Besler, Julio Cascante, Zan Kolmanic (Hector Jimenez, 74th), Nick Lima; Diego Fagundez (Tomas Pochettino, 75th), Daniel Pereira, Alexander Ring (Sebastian Berhalter, 84th); Cecilio Dominguez (Jared Stroud, 85th), Sebastian Driussi (Jhohan Romana, 62nd), Jon Gallagher.

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