Blanco and Fogaca each score twice, Timbers beat Sporting 7-2


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Sebastian Blanco and Nathan Fogaca each scored twice in the second half and the Portland Timbers routed Sporting Kansas City 7-2 in a wild game Saturday night.

Bill Tuiloma, Marvin Loria and Santiago Moreno also scored to help the Timbers (3-3-6) end a four-game winless streak. It was the first time Portland had scored seven goals in a game.

Johnny Russell and Marinos Tzionis scored for Sporting. Kansas City (2-7-3) is winless in seven games.

Both teams struggled to start the season, with just two wins apiece heading into the game at Providence Park.

Kansas City have played draws in their last three MLS games but picked up a 4-2 midweek win over FC Dallas in the US Open Cup.

Portland was 0-1-3 in its previous four games. The Timbers also fell 2-0 to LAFC in the Open Cup earlier this week.

Tuiloma scored in the 12th minute on a header from an Eryk Williamson free kick. It was the versatile defender’s third goal of the season.

The Timbers doubled the lead early in the second half when Blanco scored on a well-placed flick from Cristhian Paredes. Blanco added another goal in the 51st.

Fogaca, a Brazilian striker making his first MLS start for the Timbers, scored in the 56th. Sporting’s Russell surprised the celebrating Timbers with a goal just a minute later.

Fogaca added his second goal in the 69th with an assist from Blanco.

Portland’s Josecarlos Van Rankin was sent off with a red card and the Timbers played with 10 men the rest of the way. Tzionis scored from a header soon after for Sporting.

Kansas City’s Robert Voloder was shown a red card in the 78th. Sports coach Peter Vermes also received a yellow card late in the game.

Kansas City goaltender Tim Melia couldn’t stop Loria’s left-footed outburst in the 88th minute. Moreno added a goal in stoppage time.

It was the Timbers’ 100th win at Providence Park since joining MLS.


More AP soccer: and


Comments are closed.