Afful Tchani PORvCLB
Jaime Valdez / USA Today Sports Images

Match recap: Timbers 2, Crew SC 1


Venue: Providence Park (Portland, Oregon)
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistants: Adam Garner, Mike Kampmeinert
Fourth Official: Juan Guzman
Attendance: 21,144
Weather: 53 degrees and clear


POR – Diego Valeri (unassisted) 23'
CLB – Federico Higuain (Ethan Finlay) 68'
POR – Fanendo Adi (unassisted) 79'


CLB – Gaston Sauro (caution) 25'
CLB – Wil Trapp (caution) 45'
POR – Jermaine Taylor (caution) 46'
POR – Alvas Powell (caution) 81'
POR – Fanendo Adi (caution) 87'


Columbus Crew SC: Steve Clark; Harrison Afful, Michael Parkhurst (c) (Conor Casey 85'), Gaston Sauro, Waylon Francis; Wil Trapp, Tony Tchani; Ethan Finlay (Cedrick Mabwati 81'), Federico Higuain, Hector Jimenez (Justin Meram 67'); Kei Kamara

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver; Corey Ashe, Amro Tarek, Mohammed Saeid

Portland Timbers: Adam Kwarasey; Alvas Powell, Nat Borchers, Liam Ridgewell (c), Jermaine Taylor; Darlington Nagbe, Diego Chara, Diego Valeri (Jack Jewsbury 87'); Lucas Melano, Fanendo Adi, Dairon Asprilla

Substitutes not used: Jake Gleeson; Zarek Valentin, Ned Grabavoy, Ben Zemanski, Jack McInerney, Neco Brett


Federico Higuain's bicycle-kick goal in the 68th minute was his 36th all-time tally for Crew SC. That total breaks a tie with Eddie Gaven to move the Argentine into fifth place all-time in Black & Gold goal-scoring history. It was Higuain's third career goal at Providence Park.

Higuain led Crew SC in shots in the contest with seven. It was the fourth time in the Designated Player's career that he reached at least seven shots in a match, and the first time since June 22, 2013.

Hector Jimenez started for Crew SC at left midfield, making his first start for the Black & Gold since September 6, 2015 against FC Dallas at MAPFRE Stadium.

Forward Conor Casey made his Crew SC debut in the contest, coming on as a second-half substitute in the 85th minute.

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (0-1-0, 0 points)

Columbus Crew SC vs. Philadelphia Union (MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio)
Saturday, September 12 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM)


LIVE YOUR COLORS: Follow Crew SC on the MLS App - The official MLS app gets a major update for 2019, making it easier than ever to keep up with your favorite club, check standings, watch videos and much more.