Sebastian Blanco was Portland’s catalyst, setting up Jeremy Ebobisse’s opener in the 59th minute. He collected a Diego Valeri through ball after a clever run, then displayed patience before picking out Ebobisse for the tap-in.
LA began to generate serious chances after Dario Zuparic was shown a second yellow card in the 75th minute, reducing the Timbers to 10 men. That also paved the way for Chicharito’s first goal in MLS, when the Mexican superstar tallied in the 88th minute to make it 2-1. After peeling off the defender’s shoulder, he one-timed home a low Gordon Wild cross.
Chicharito’s night proved frustrating at times, though, as highlighted by a missed penalty kick in the 12th minute. His effort was thwarted by Steve Clark, with the chance arriving after Zuparic blocked Cristian Pavon’s shot with his arm.
LA first thought they had a lifeline in the 81st minute through Wild, but his back-post finish was called back after Video Review determined he was in an offside position.
- 59' – POR – Jeremy Ebobisse | WATCH
- 66' – POR – Sebastian Blanco | WATCH
- 88' – LA – Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez | WATCH
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With one goal and one assist during the 2-1 win, Sebastian Blanco’s the obvious choice here. Plus, he breezed past several LA defenders on what ultimately was the game-winning shot.
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