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On Wednesday night, the Portland Timbers continued their momentum with a thrilling win over Austin FC.
Last weekend, the Timbers won the Cascadia Cup before heading to Texas.
In the Q2 stadium, the guests managed to knock off the Western Conference runners-up.
Coach Giovanni Savarese fielded the same XI that beat the Seattle Sounders last week.
The roster included: Aljaz Ivacic, Santiago Moreno, Bill Tuiloma, Dario Zuparic, Zac McGraw, Claudio Bravo, Diego Chara, Eryk Williamson, Sebastian Blanco, Dairon Asprilla, and Yimmi Chara.
Meanwhile, David Bingham, Pablo Bonilla, Larrys Mabiala, JoseCarlos Van Rankin, David Ayala, Marvin Loria, Christhian Paredes, Jaroslaw Niezgoda, and Tiega Ikoba were on the bench.
The first half of the duel was one of the most heated the Portland Timbers have had this season as Austin kept the defense on edge.
While the home side unfortunately converted their chances, the Timbers were not without their misfortunes.
Portland had the opportunity to take the lead in a counterattack that worried home fans.
The visitors finally got their breakthrough with a free kick from Eryk Williamson, which hit Bill Tuiloma and opened the way.
In the second half, Austin maintained his momentum when a corner led to a near chance that the Timbers were lucky enough to escape in a fight.
Despite dominating the game, Portland won when center-back Zac McGraw found the back of the net after bouncing off Austin’s goalkeeper.
Seven minutes later, Austin pulled one out and slashed the Timbers’ lead by one with a header from Ivacic.
However, Portland rallied to maintain its lead, and the final whistle confirmed that the Timbers had taken all three points.
Aftermath and remaining matches
The Portland Timbers took a win in their biggest win of the season.
Although the Seattle Sounders were their biggest rivals and gave them one of the toughest matches to secure their first Cascadia Cup since 2017, Austin FC’s quality was unmatched by the Sounders.
The Timbers are currently seventh above the playoff line with five games left in the campaign.
They are just three points behind Nashville SC and Real Salt Lake (fifth and sixth in the standings) and five points behind Minnesota United FC in third place.
Portland’s next two games are at home, where they will play against Atlanta United FC on September 4 and Minnesota on September 10 September.
The team then travels to Columbus Crew SC, the Eastern Conference opponent, before playing their last home game against LAFC.
The Portland Timbers end their campaign on October 9 when they travel to Salt Lake City.