Carlos Vela got things started quickly for the Supporters’ Shield leaders with a gift of a goal in the sixth minute. He picked off an errant short ball played by Jeff Attinella for Jorge Villafana and easily slotted past the goalkeeper for his league-leading 16th goal of the season.
Cristhian Paredes pulled the Timbers to within a goal in the opening minute of the second half, knocking a rebound past Tyler Miller. But Latif Blessing maintained the two-goal lead in the 54th minute, getting onto the end of a Jordan Harvey cross and volleying in from the edge of the six-yard box.
Brian Fernandez provided a late lifeline with a stunning bicycle kick six minutes from full time in a match that had a nasty tone, especially in the final quarter hour and in the 12 minutes of second-half stoppage time.
- 6’ — LAFC — Carlos Vela | WATCH
- 34’ — LAFC — Diego Rossi | WATCH
- 46’ — POR — Cristhian Paredes | WATCH
- 54’ — LAFC — Latif Blessing | WATCH
- 84’ — POR — Brian Fernandez | WATCH
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
: With Providence Park buzzing, Vela silenced all but the 1,000 or so visiting fans with this opening goal off a brutal Attinella gaffe.