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Timbers beat Austin to end 3-game road losing streak

Evander’s free kick, Rodriguez PK help Portland to victory

By The Associated Press
Published: May 29, 2024, 8:25pm
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Portland Timbers forward Jonathan Rodríguez (14) scores against Austin FC during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, May 29, 2024.
Portland Timbers forward Jonathan Rodríguez (14) scores against Austin FC during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Photo Gallery

AUSTIN, Texas — Evander curled in a beautiful free kick in first-half stoppage time, Jonathan Rodríguez added a penalty-kick goal in the 66th minute and the Portland Timbers beat Austin 2-0 on Wednesday night to end a three-game road losing streak.

Portland (5-7-4) won its first game away from home since March 9 against New York City.

Austin (6-5-5) had won its last five matches at Q2 Stadium.

Rodríguez, who scored his sixth goal of the season, has produced a goal contribution in five straight games to tie the second-longest streak in Portland history.

The Timbers earned their first clean sheet of the season. James Pantemis, who made his fourth start of the season, dove to his left to deny Sebastián Driussi’s penalty-kick attempt in the 16th to keep it scoreless.

It was the first time Austin went without a goal at home in its last 21 games.

The Timbers have scored at least one goal in 14 of their 16 matches this season.

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TIMBERS 2, AUSTIN 0

Portland 1 1—2

Austin FC 0 0—0

First Half—1, Portland, Evander, 7, 45th+3 minute.

Second Half—2, Portland, Rodriguez, 6 (penalty kick), 66th.

Goalies—Portland, James Pantemis, Maxime Crepeau; Austin FC, Brad Stuver, Stefan Cleveland.

Yellow Cards—Zardes, Austin FC, 47th; Jimenez, Austin FC, 50th; Hines-Ike, Austin FC, 64th; Rubio, Austin FC, 74th; Pereira, Austin FC, 77th; Paredes, Portland, 90th+2.

Referee—Victor Rivas. Assistant Referees—Logan Brown, Meghan Mullen, Jon Freemon. 4th Official—Elton Garcia.

Lineups

Portland—James Pantemis; Miguel Araujo, Kamal Miller, Juan Mosquera (Eric Miller, 59th), Dario Zuparic; David Ayala (Eryk Williamson, 85th), Diego Chara (Cristhian Paredes, 59th), Evander; Antony Alves Santos (Santiago Moreno, 85th), Dairon Asprilla (Felipe Mora, 60th), Jonathan Rodriguez.

Austin—Brad Stuver; Guilherme Biro (Zan Kolmanic, 80th), Brendan Hines-Ike, Leo Vaisanen; Hector Jimenez (CJ Fodrey, 60th), Daniel Pereira, Jhojan Valencia (Alexander Ring, 60th), Owen Wolff; Sebastian Driussi (Diego Rubio, 60th), Jader Obrian (Ethan Finlay, 80th), Gyasi Zardes.

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