HIGHLIGHTS: Portland Timbers 7-2 Sporting KC | May 14, 2022

Sporting Kansas City suffered a 7-2 road loss at Portland Timbers FC on Saturday night at Providence Park with eight of the game’s nine goals scored in a second half that saw both teams reduced to 10 players.

The Timbers opened the scoring 12 minutes into the match on a set piece delivered by Eryk Williamson and headed home by center back Bill Tuiloma at the top of the six-yard box.

Sporting Kansas City responded with the game’s next four shots, the first of which came in the 16th minute as club captain Johnny Russell beat his defender on the endline and found Khiry Shelton for a first-time shot that was saved by Aljaz Ivacic.

Veteran midfielder Roger Espinoza would provide the next three attempts, smashing a shot from the edge of the penalty area just wide of the post in the 23rd minute on a pass cut back by Cam Duke before forcing a save from Ivacic three minutes later with a right-footed effort from distance.

Portland came close to doubling their lead on the cusp of halftime if not for a strong sliding save from Tim Melia in the 43rd minute to deny Nathan Fogaca. Nevertheless, the Timbers would explode for three goals in the first 11 minutes of the second half to open the floodgates.

Just 29 seconds after halftime, Sebastian Blanco buried a volley from close range on an assist from Cristhian Paredes. Less than six minutes later, Blanco would stretch the Portland lead to 3-0 on a counterattack as the 34-year-old Argentine playmaker cut inside and curled the eventual game-winning goal inside the far post.

The Timbers struck again in the 56th minute, this time with Blanco playing the part of provider, as Fogaca scored his first of two goals on the night in a memorable MLS debut.

Sporting pulled a goal back nearly immediately as just over a minute later Russell punched in a perfectly-placed cross from halftime substitute Felipe Hernandez for the 43rd regular season goal of his career, tying him for third on the club’s all-time goal scoring chart.

Fogaca would bag his brace with his final touch of the night in the 69th minute as Blanco combined with Williamson on a give-and-go inside the penalty area before putting the ball on a platter for the 22-year-old Brazilian forward to tap into the net.

Despite the 5-1 scoreline, the second half continued to produce twists and turns as referee Victor Rivas sent off Timbers defender Josecarlos Van Rankin in the 74th minute and Sporting KC defender Robert Voloder in the 78th minute as both players received their second cautions of the match.

In between the ejections, Marinos Tzionis - the hero in Sporting’s 4-2 comeback win over FC Dallas on Tuesday in the U.S. Open Cup with a 98th minute equalizer — scored on a header for the second straight match as he re-directed Hernandez’s free kick in the 75th minute for his first MLS goal.

Portland would put the exclamation point on the team’s historic performance with two goals in the game’s closing minutes as second-half substitutes Marvin Loria and Santiago Moreno added their names to the scoresheet with goals in the 88th and 92nd minutes, respectively.

By the time the dust settled, Saturday’s match will go into the record books as the sixth highest scoring match in MLS regular season history with Portland’s six second-half goals the most ever scored in the second half of an MLS regular season match and their seven total goals the second most ever scored by an MLS team in the regular season. The eight combined goals in the second half are also most in MLS regular season history - equaling the eight second half goals scored in Kansas City’s 6-4 win over Columbus on May 2, 1996.

Sporting Kansas City will return home to host the Colorado Rapids at 7:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday at Children’s Mercy Park. Tickets for the mid-week match are available online at SeatGeek.com, including the Coca-Cola Family and Friends Pack. The special offer features four South Stand tickets, four 20-ounce Coca-Cola products and four Domino’s six-inch cheese or pepperoni pizzas for only $25 per ticket.

2022 MLS Regular Season | Match 12
Providence Park | Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 23,503
Weather: 66 degrees and partly cloudy

Sporting KC 2-7 Portland Timbers FC
Sporting KC 2-7 Portland Timbers FC
Sporting Kansas City (2-7-3, 9 points)
Portland Timbers FC (3-3-6, 15 points)

Sporting Kansas City: Tim Melia; Cam Duke (Kayden Pierre 84'), Kortne Ford, Robert Voloder, Logan Ndenbe; Uri Rosell (Marinos Tzionis 58'), Roger Espinoza (Felipe Hernandez 46'), Remi Walter; Johnny Russell (Nikola Vujnovic 84'); Khiry Shelton (Jake Davis 89'), Daniel Salloi

Subs Not Used: John Pulskamp, Andreu Fontas, Kaveh Rad, Ben Sweat

Portland Timbers FC: Aljaz Ivacic; Josecarlos Van Rankin, Dario Zuparic, Justin Rasumussen, Bill Tuiloma (Zachery McGraw 82'); Sebastian Blanco (Pablo Bonilla 77'), Eryk Williamson (Santiago Moreno 70'), Diego Chara (Marvin Loria 83'), Cristhian Paredes, Yimmi Chara; Nathan Fogaca (Tega Ikoba 70')

Subs Not Used: David Bingham, Dairon Asprilla

Scoring Summary:
POR - Bill Tuiloma 3 (Eryk Williamson 1) 12'
POR - Sebastian Blanco 1 (Cristhian Paredes 1) 46'
POR - Sebastian Blanco 2 (Yimmi Chara 4) - 52'
POR - Nathan Fogaca 1 (Sebastian Blanco 3) - 56'
SKC - Johnny Russell 3 (Felipe Hernandez 2) - 57'
POR - Nathan Fogaca 2 (Sebastian Blanco 4, Eryk Williamson 2) 69'
SKC - Marinos Tzionis 1 (Felipe Hernandez 3) - 75'
POR - Marvin Loria 1 (Cristhian Paredes 2) 88'
POR - Santiago Moreno 1 (Diego Chara 1) 90+2'

Misconduct Summary:
SKC - Roger Espinoza (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 18'
SKC - Robert Voloder (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 35'
POR - Josecarlos Van Rankin (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 64'
POR - Bill Tuiloma (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 72'
POR - Josecarlos Van Rankin (red card; second yellow card) 74'
SKC - Robert Voloder (red card; second yellow card) 78'
SKC - Peter Vermes (yellow card; dissent) 80'
POR - Diego Chara (yellow card; unsporting behavior) 86'

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Referee: Victor Rivas
Assistant Referee: Jeffrey Swartzel
Assistant Referee: Eduardo Jeff
Fourth Official: Katja Koroleva
VAR: Kevin Stott
AVAR: Craig Lowry