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Fanendo Adi’s 80th-minute goal lifts Portland Timbers over Houston Dynamo 2-1

Portland Timbers' Sebastian Blanco (10) celebrates a first-half goal against the Houston Dynamo during an MLS soccer match Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Portland, Ore. (Sean Meagher / Associated Press)
Portland Timbers' Sebastian Blanco (10) celebrates a first-half goal against the Houston Dynamo during an MLS soccer match Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Portland, Ore. (Sean Meagher / Associated Press)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Fanendo Adi tapped in a short-range goal during the 80th minute and the Portland Timbers extended their MLS unbeaten streak to 14 matches, beating the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Saturday night.

Adi, coming off the bench earlier in the second half, finished a close-in shot that had rebounded off two teammates.

Adi, with the Timbers since 2014, is second on Portland’s career list with 54 goals. Adi hadn’t suited up the previous two games, as it was reported he was seeking a trade.

Sebastian Blanco scored a first-half goal for Portland (9-3-7). The Timbers moved into third place in the West with 34 points.

Portland won for the ninth time during its unbeaten streak. The Timbers haven’t lost since April 8, when they dropped a 3-2 decision to Orlando City.

Romell Quioto provided the lone goal for Houston (7-8-6). The Dynamo have won just once in 10 road games this season.

The Timbers outshot Houston 19-5.

Tied at 1-1, Portland set up the game winner when Blanco fired a pass into the middle. The ball was first shot by Andy Polo, then again off a rebound by Diego Valeri. Adi was in position for the second rebound, finishing a 5-yard shot to put the Timbers in front.


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