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Timbers fall to expansion St. Louis 2-1

Goal in 75th minute sinks Portland

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kyle Hiebert scored the go-ahead goal in the 75th minute and St. Louis City won it’s third straight match with a 2-1 victory Saturday night over the Portland Timbers, tying the league record for wins to start the season by an expansion team.

Jared Stroud also scored for St. Louis, which was among just four teams in MLS with two wins to start the season heading into the match.

The Timbers took an early lead on Zac McGraw’s header off a corner from Eryk Williamson in the third minute. Portland has scored in a team-record 23 consecutive matches, the longest active streak in the league.

But Portland was hurt in the ninth minute when Cristhian Paredes had to be stretchered off with an injury. He was replaced by Evander, who Portland signed in the offseason.

City regrouped and dominated the rest of the opening half, tying it up with Jared Stroud’s goal in first-half stoppage time. Heibert scored the winner on a header in the 75th that got past Timbers goalkeeper David Bingham.

St. Louis was the first MLS team to score at least three goals in each of its first two matches, defeating Austin 3-2 in the opener and Charlotte 3-1 last weekend. In all three games this season, City has come from behind to win.

With its three wins to start the season, St. Louis matched the expansion Seattle Sounders’ start in 2009.

The Timbers opened the season with a 1-0 victory at home over Sporting Kansas City, before a 3-2 loss to LAFC last weekend.