PORTLAND — Futty Danso scored the lone goal on a penalty kick and the Portland Timbers defeated Monarcas Morelia 1-0 in an international friendly on Wednesday night.
Danso's penalty kick came in the 40th minute. A short time later, Morelia midfielder Aldo Leao Ramirez was sent off for arguing a call with an official, leaving the team down a player. Goalkeeper Federico Vilar, the Monarcas captain, also tried to appeal to the official and was yellow carded.
Monarcas Morelia had one of its best chances to equalize on forward Santigo Trellez's breakaway in the 74th minute, but the shot sailed just wide.
Morelia, which plays in Mexico's first-division Liga MX, is a two-time runner up for the CONCACAF Champions Cup, and played twice in the SuperLiga competition between MLS and Mexican teams. They won it in 2010, the event's final season.
Monarcas played many of its starters, including veteran forward Hector Mancilla, the two-time Liga MX golden boot winner. Mancilla had the team's lone goal in a 2-1 exhibition loss to Brazilian side Cruzeiro last week in Bridgeview, Ill.
In contrast, the Timbers rested many of their starters. Some, including top scorers Will Johnson and Rodney Wallace, have been called up by their national teams for CONCACAF Gold Cup competition.
Portland has gone undefeated in 15 straight Major League Soccer matches.