Timbers score historic seven goals in rout of SKC

by Charlie Folkestad
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Sebastian Blanco is back.

After a lengthy injury recovery stemming from last season, Blanco reminded everyone in Providence Park why he’s Portland’s best attacking player.

“We can’t be afraid to attack 1-v-1,” Blanco told broadcasters postgame. “We scored enough to make up for the last five or six games,” he joked.

Two goals and two assists in the second half cemented Blanco as the best player on the pitch Saturday night as the Timbers buried Sporting Kansas City 7-2. Nathan Fogaca scored a brace of his own on his MLS debut for the Timbers, starting in place of Jaroslaw Niezgoda and Felipe Mora.

Nine goals, two red cards, 10 cautions, and (hopefully) a midseason revival for the struggling Timbers.

Highlights

An unmarked Bill Tuiloma headed home the opener off an Eryk Williamson set piece 12 minutes in.

Kansas City immediately put the pressure on after the opener, attacking rookie left back Justin Rasmussen with winger Johnny Russell. The Scot peeled away from Rasmussen to finish the fourth goal of the second half in the 56th minute.

Portland nearly doubled their advantage just before halftime. Williamson stole the ball in midfield and played it through for Nathan, but the MLS debutant had his shot saved by Tim Melia.

As soon as the second half kicked off, though, it was clear it would be Portland’s night. Blanco doubled the lead just after halftime with his first goal of the season — a volleyed effort from a Cristhian Paredes lob — closely followed by a cutback chip of Melia and a pair of assists to Nathan.

Even after a Josecarlos Van Rankin birthday red card and a Marinos Tzionis goal a minute later, Portland seemed in full control of the game. A second yellow for Robert Voloder reduced SKC to ten as well, and the shootout continued — for Portland, at least.

At 5-2, the Timbers still weren’t done. Marvin Loria pounded the ball past Melia with his left foot and Santiago Moreno dribbled past the veteran ‘keeper on a breakaway. Portland’s seven goals were the most in club history, and the most by any MLS team since 1998.

Sure, SKC desperately pressing for goals opened up the counterattacking options for the Timbers, but the home side took their chances ruthlessly.

Notes

Seven Timbers missed the match with injuries, while Larrys Mabiala sat out due to health and safety protocols.

Dario Zuparic and SKC’s Kortne Ford had a head-on collision in the 39th minute, causing a lengthy first-half stoppage. Both players stayed in the game.

SKC are now without a win from their last seven MLS matches.

Portland still have never produced an individual hat trick in MLS play. Yimmi Chara put three past CD Marathon in the Concacaf Champions League last season, but both Blanco and Nathan were taken off before they got real chances to make individual history.

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