Urruti, Fernandez score as Portland rolls
PORTLAND — Maximiliano Urruti and Gaston Fernandez scored to lift the Portland Timbers a 2-0 victory over the visiting Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.
The Timbers opened the scoring in the 34th minute, when Urruti headed a free kick by Jorge Villafana into the upper right corner for his third goal of the season. For Villafana, it was his third assist of the season, and his second consecutive game with an assist. That makes him the first Portland defender to earn assists in consecutive games since the team joined MLS in 2011.
Fernandez added his goal in the 60th minute off of a penalty kick. A Timbers corner kick landed at the feet of Rodney Wallace and while attempting a shot, referee Baldomero Toledo judged the Portland midfielder was fouled and awarded the penalty. Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric dove the wrong way as Fernandez placed a solid shot into the upper right corner for his second goal of the season.
The victory extends Portland's winning streak in MLS to four games, doubling the previous record coming into the season. The Timbers also won in the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday against the Seattle Sounders.
In Seattle, Matias Perez Garcia set up Sanna Nyassi's first-half goal, and then scored in the second half to help San Jose to the 2-0 road win on Saturday.
Nyassi's goal, coming midway through the 28th minute, was his second of the year. Garcia scored his first of the season in the 73rd minute.
David Bingham recorded his fifth shutout for the Earthquakes (6-5-4, 22 points), who halted a three-game winless streak. It was their first victory since a 2-0 win over Columbus on May 16.
The MLS-leading Sounders (9-5-2, 29 points) were without four players who had accounted for 18 of their league-high 23 goals. Clint Dempsey (seven goals) served the first game of a three-game suspension handed down Friday, the result of an animated dispute with a referee in Tuesday's 3-1 loss.