Orlando City rally stuns Timbers
The Portland Timbers collapsed in the final 10 minutes on Sunday and lost 3-2 at Orlando City.
The Timbers had a 2-0 lead on goals from Diego Valeri and Bill Tuiloma.
But Orlando City started its comeback off a corner kick in the 80th minute, converted a penalty kick in the 82nd minute, than got the winner from Dom Dwyer in the 87th minute to turn a game the Timbers controlled into a stinging loss.
Portland is 0-3-2, all on the road.
Portland will play its home opener at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Minnesota United.
The Timbers took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. Valeri converted a penalty kick after a video review turned a key call Portland's way. Referee Baldomero Toledo initially gave a yellow card to Sebastian Blanco for simulation, which meant the Timbers were going to play the final 70 minutes down a man because it would have been Blanco's second caution of the match. But after the review, Toledo reversed and awarded Portland the penalty kick.
Tuiloma, making his third consecutive start at center back in place of Liam Ridgewell, scored his first MLS goal by heading in a free kick taken by Valeri. An hour into the match, Portland was up 2-0 and could have been in complete control.
Early in the second half, Blanco put a shot off the crossbar and Cristhian Paredes' rebound volley was blocked by defender Mohamed El-Munir.
A minute later, Valeri was free in the right side of the penalty area and drove a low shot off the far post.
Also, a pair of promising counterattack chances resulted in shots right to goalkeeper Joe Bendik.
"We could have killed the game (by converting chances), and sometimes if you don't kill the game you give opportunity to the opposition, this is what happens," Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said.
The Orlando rally started from a corner kick, the 12th of the match for the home side. Two Orlando players broke free at the near post, and Mueller headed Yoshimar Yotun's delivery into the far-side netting.
A minute later, Toledo awarded a penalty kick after Dwyer crumpled to the grass following a shoulder collision with Alvas Powell. The play was reviewed under video replay but not overturned. Sacha Kljestan converted to tie the score.
Dwyer delivered the winner off a quick counterattack chance, making a nifty move in the box to elude Tuiloma and smash home a close-range shot.
It was the second week in a row the Timbers lost a late lead — a trend that started last season.
Savarese credited his players with a strong effort at the end of a challenging run of five trips, three to Eastern Conference cities.
"You could tell at the end guys were breaking down all over the place because it's been a long five games away," Savarese said.
He said his team collapsed once Orlando seized momentum with its first goal.
"But I'm very proud of the guys, yhe work that they put today," Savarese said. "I thought we did a lot of good things in the game, but in the end the result is what matters."