Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Ryan Johnson netted a second-half double on
Saturday as the Portland Timbers knocked off the Houston Dynamo, 2-0, at JELD-
Portland entered the match winless on the season and with only three points
from four matches, but Johnson roared to life in the second 45 minutes to make
sure his team claimed three points in front of a raucous crowd of over 20,000.
But it was the traveling side that had the better of the play in the first
half with a great chance in the 32nd minute as Cam Weaver collected a cross in
the box from Andrew Driver and turned it on goal, but the shot sailed over the
Both sides had ample chances over the remainder of the first half, but the
clubs went into the break scoreless.
Portland broke the deadlock in the 55th minute when Diego Chara whipped a
cross into the Houston penalty area from the right flank and Johnson was there
to direct it past Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall for the 1-0 lead.
Johnson grabbed his second of the night in the 73rd minute after he was put
through by a great cutting ball from Darlington Nagbe, took a few touches into
the penalty area and fired it into the top left corner to make it 2-0 for the
The victory pushes Portland up to six points on the season, while Houston
remains in third place in the Eastern Conference with nine points from five
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