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2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • David Guzmán (18')
  • Andy Polo (37')
  • Lalas Abubakar (48' OG)
  • Niko Hansen (7', 90'+3')

Steve Clark helps Portland Timbers topple Columbus Crew

Steve Clark made four of his six saves in the first half to beat his former team for the second time this season -- with two different teams -- as the Portland Timbers downed the visiting Columbus Crew 3-2 at Providence Park on Wednesday.

After Niko Hansen scored in the seventh minute for Columbus, David Guzman tied it in the 18th off an assist by Andy Polo. Polo made it 2-1 in the 37th minute, and an own goal in the 48th minute doubled the lead for the Timbers. Hansen scored again in the third minute of stoppage time for the final margin.

Clark, who lost to Portland in the 2015 MLS Cup as a member of the Crew, made five saves for D.C. United in a 1-0 win over Columbus 1-0 on April 14.

With the Timbers being outplayed despite a 1-1 deadlock, Clark made his fourth save of the match in the 36th minute with a parry of a blistering 19-yard strike by Artur, and a minute later the Timbers had the lead.

Polo made a run from the top of the defensive box down the right side before crossing the ball and getting it back. Polo's centering header came off Crew defender Milton Valenzuela and back to Polo, who used a karate-style kick at the right post to score his first goal in his 18th MLS match.

The Timbers made it 3-1 when Samuel Armenteros' shot deflected off Crew defender Lalas Abubakar.

The Crew's early goal should have been a good sign: Columbus was 3-0-0 when scoring first on the road, while Portland was winless in nine games overall (0-5-4) when facing a 1-0 deficit.

Hansen scored from 8 yards with Valenzuela assisting for his third career goal. His first came in his MLS debut March 25, 2017, against Portland, and was the winner in the 84th minute.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New York City FC 34 +21 64
2 Atlanta United FC 34 +15 58
3 Philadelphia Union 34 +8 55
4 Toronto FC 34 +5 50
5 DC United 34 +4 50
6 New York Red Bulls 34 +2 48
7 New England Revolution 34 -7 45
8 Chicago Fire 34 +8 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 -13 41
10 Columbus Crew SC 34 -8 38
11 Orlando City SC 34 -8 37
12 FC Cincinnati 34 -44 24

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 34 +48 72
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +3 56
3 Real Salt Lake 34 +5 53
4 Minnesota United FC 34 +9 53
5 LA Galaxy 34 -1 51
6 Portland Timbers 34 +3 49
7 FC Dallas 34 +8 48
8 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -3 44
9 Colorado Rapids 34 -5 42
10 Houston Dynamo 34 -10 40
11 Sporting Kansas City 34 -18 38
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -22 34