Midfielder Bernardo Anor scored five minutes into the match and the Columbus Crew defeated a 10-man Portland Timbers side 1-0 at Crew Stadium on Sunday evening.
Portland (7-2-9, 30pts) played 79 minutes with 10 players after defender Pa Modou Kah was issued a straight red card in the 11th minute.
It was just the second loss of the season for the Timbers, the first since March 9, ending an unbeaten streak at 15 games.
Anor scored in a second straight match to stake the Crew (6-8-5, 23pts) to a lead in the fifth minute. A corner kick from the left side by forward Federico Higuaín connected with Anor at the top of the six-yard box on the near side and Anor drove a header down inside the near post. Higuaín recorded a point in a fourth straight match.
The goal by Anor was the first allowed by Portland's defense since June 8, ending a consecutive shutout streak of 283 minutes.
Portland generated nine shots, including two quality looks on goal in the final minutes of the contest. In the 78th minute, Valeri lifted an open look from inside the box just over the mark. Three minutes from full time, forward Darlington Nagbe had a driven shot from just beyond the top left side of the box parried wide by Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson.
The Timbers return home to play host to the LA Galaxy on Saturday, July 13, at JELD-WEN Field in a nationally televised match on NBC Sports Network at 8 p.m.
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