Portland beats San Jose with late goal

Alan Gordan #24 of the San Jose Earthquakes takes a shot as Victor Bernardez #26 of the San Jose Earthquakes and Mamadou Danso #98 of the Portland Tim
Portland Timbers beat San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 on Sunday night.
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Will Johnson scored on a free kick in the 78th minute and the Portland Timbers won their second straight match with a physical 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday night.

The goal moves Portland to 2-1-3 for the season under new coach Caleb Porter. Portland also defeated the Houston Dynamo last weekend at Jeld-Wen Field.

San Jose forward Alan Gordon was ejected in the second half after receiving his second yellow card. He also appeared to use a slur directed against Johnson before the deciding goal.

The loss drops the Earthquakes to 2-3-2.

Forward Steven Lenhart was back in San Jose's starting lineup after returning from a partially torn meniscus last weekend as a reserve. The striker missed San Jose's first five matches after offseason surgery. That meant the Earthquakes' so-called Bash Brothers - Lenhart and Gordon - were both starting for the first time this season.

But Gordon was sent off in the 68th minute when he got his second yellow card for elbowing Timbers defender Mikael Silvestre in the face, causing a bloody lip. Gordon was also given a yellow in the 41st minute for a foul on Diego Chara.

A few minutes before he was ejected, it appeared from the televised replay that Gordon directed a slur toward Johnson. Such a comment would bring a three-match suspension by Major League Soccer.

Johnson's free kick for the game-winning goal came just outside the penalty arc and sailed over the wall, curling just over the outstretched arms of Earthquakes goal keeper Jon Busch and into the back of the net.

The teams played to a scoreless draw in the first half. Portland missed an opportunity when Ryan Johnson's header was snagged midair by Busch in the 43rd minute.


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The Timbers dominated possession (62.6 percent) in the first half but matched San Jose with just four shots. And it was a physical match, as evidenced by the yellow cards. Four minutes after Chara was fouled by Gordon, he got a yellow card himself for a foul on Rafael Baca.

Portland was without midfielder Diego Valeri, who was elbowed in the face last weekend against the Dynamo and only participated in light workouts this week because of the league's concussion protocol. The Timbers also lost defender David Horst to a fractured right tibia during the Houston game. He is out six months.

The Timbers also announced shortly before the game that defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste would not start because of a right adductor strain. Futty Danso started in his place.

Portland is 2-0-4 against the Earthquakes. Sunday's game was the first of a home-and-home with San Jose, and the two teams meet again next Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Houston Dynamo 2, Chicago Fire 1

Brad Davis had a goal and an assist, and the Houston Dynamo set an MLS record for longest home unbeaten streak in all competitions with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

Houston (4-2-0) has not lost a home game across all competitions in 35 matches. The previous record was set by Real Salt Lake from 2009-11. Houston also tied the MLS record for longest regular-season home unbeaten streak at 29 games set by Real Salt Lake in the same stretch. Houston last lost at home on June 18, 2011, a 2-0 defeat to Columbus.

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Davis scored the winner in the 81st minute, sending a line drive from 25 yards out on the right inside the near post.

Chicago (1-4-1) had a chance to tie late, but Jeff Larentowicz narrowly missed converting off a free kick in the 84th minute, heading it off the crossbar from outside the 6-yard box.

Will Bruin gave the Dynamo a 1-0 lead with a header in the 26th minute. Davis juked Chicago's Wells Thompson outside the left box and sent a cross inside the goalkeeper's box that Bruin headed inside the near post.

Chris Rolfe tied it 1-all 3 minutes later. The ball was played to Dan Paladini off a throw-in on the left side and he slipped a pass by two Dynamo defenders as Rolfe charged into the box and sent a one-timer inside the near post from 14 yards out.

Houston missed an opportunity in the 13th minute when Davis' free kick from above the half circle was stopped by a diving Sean Johnson.

Montreal Impact 1, Colombus Crew 1


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Marco Di Vaio and Domenic Oduro traded goals 4 minutes apart in the second half, and the Montreal Impact and the Columbus Crew played to a 1-1 tie Sunday in a game that was delayed a day by a snowstorm.

The Impact (4-1-1) remained unbeaten at home (2-0-1), while Columbus (2-1-3) has not lost in four straight.

Montreal's Di Vaio had a goal taken back because of a close offside call at 63 minutes, but then got one that counted 5 minutes later.

Justin Mapp's cross was mishandled by substitute Sanna Nyassi, but Di Vaio was there to drill the loose ball low, inside the near post for his third of the season.

Oduro quieted the crowd in the 72nd minute when he pulled down a pass and neatly fired it inside the far post for his third of the year.

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