By Alex Del Barrio

PORTLAND, OREGON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Dynamo saw a 2-1 first half lead evaporate as the Portland Timbers scored three goals in the final half in route to a 4-2 victory Saturday night at Providence Park in Portland.

Saturday’s defeat is the first under near head coach Wilmer Cabrera after two consecutive home victories.

The Dynamo trailed 1-nil in the 11th minute after a questionable hand-ball call in the box against defender DeMarcus gave the Timbers a penalty kick. Diego Valeri fired the ball down the center of the goal beating Tyler Deric to give the Timbers the lead. It was the first time in 2017 the Dynamo had trailed.

The Dynamo found an equalizer in the 38th minute. Portland midfielder Diego Chara was called for a handball in the box on an Erick Torres free kick giving the Dynamo the penalty kick. Torres shot it into the bottom left corner past Jake Gleeson to even the score at 1-1.

The Dynamo took the lead near the end of the first half on a beautifully developed offensive rush in stoppage time that saw Alberth Elis break on the right hand side. He patiently dribbled the ball into the penalty box before delivering a perfect cross to the far side post with Romell Quioto waiting to strike the ball in and beat Gleeson to the opposite post to give Houston a 2-1 victory at the half.


Torres and Quioto have both scored a goal in each of the Dynamo’s first three matches.

In the second half, The Dynamo offense was stagnant, managing only one shot in the entire half. The Timbers peppered the Dynamo defense with shots throughout and found the equalizer in the 58th minute on Diego Valeri’s second goal of the match and fourth of the season on a header off a Zarek Valentin cross.

David Guzman’s goal in the 66th minute was the Portland game winner.

The Dynamo will have a week off before hosting the New York Red Bulls on April 1st.

Alex Del Barrio  and Matt Murphy can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm  Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio


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