The Portland Timbers ended New York City FC’s undefeated start to their Major League Soccer 2018 season, with a 3-0 win at Providence Park on Sunday.
After New York City had won five matches and drawn two of their first seven games, they shot to the top of the league table with 17 points.
But with an organised and disciplined performance the Timbers outplayed the top team, managing to take advantage of the visitors in the attack as they won their second-straight match and secured their first clean sheet of the season.
“They’re a fantastic team. We knew it was going to be a big challenge, and they have been doing really well,” Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said about NYCFC.
“But I was really happy with the discipline of our team in how they approached the match, and especially how they worked through the entire match to get a complete result. Very proud of the guys today.”
NYCFC controlled possession with 74.6 percent during the match and completed almost 800 passes but it was the homeside who opened the scoring via Sebastian Blanco, who sent a looping header into the corner of the net off a cross from Andres Flores, approaching the half-hour mark.
By half-time Patrick Vieira’s men doubled their lead after Fanendo Adi tapped in his second goal of the season from a rebound, after goalkeeper Sean Johnson turned away a shot by Diego Valeri for his second goal of the season in the 38th minute.
The Timbers put the game out of reach after Larry Mabiala’s header off a corner kick completed the scoring with 24 minutes remaining at in front of 21,144 fans.
After suffering this defeat, NYCFC are left just one point above Atlanta United, while Portland moved within two points of the top six in the Western Conference.