• Wednesday Sep 28, 2016

    Late Nagbe goal edges Portland Timbers past Dragon

    Darlington Nagbe (left) scored dramatically in the Portland Timbers' Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League win over host Dragon on September 27, 2016, in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Photo: Mexsport) 

    SAN SALVADOR – The Portland Timbers (2W-0D-1L, 6 points) kept alive their hopes of advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, scoring a pair of late goals to rally past host Dragon (0-1-3,1), 2-1, on Tuesday at the Estadio Cuscatlan.

    With the result, the current Major League Soccer champion can progress to the knockout stage with a win over visiting Group B leader Saprissa (2-1-0, 7) on October 19 at Providence Park.

    Darlington Nagbe scored the game-winner in the 90th minute off a free kick for his first-ever SCCL goal. The scenario was similar to the first meeting between the sides on August 3, when Diego Valeri broke a 1-1 deadlock to give Portland a victory.

    Dragon took a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute through Kevin Melara. The forward dribbled through a trio of Timbers’ defenders in the penalty area after a give-and-go with Jamal Jack and pounded the ball into the back of the net from 13-yards out.

    In the 79th minute, Portland capitalized on an uncertain clearance to equalize at 1-1. Edwin Benitez’s header from inside his own six-yard box fell to Fanendo Adi, who was there to bounce a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Henry Hernandez from 13-yards out.

    The victory was Portland’s fifth in seven all-time SCCL outings and first in Central America after three attempts.

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