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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Bill Tuiloma (25' OG)

D.C. catches break in win over hard-luck Portland

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Own goal dooms Portland to defeat vs. D.C. (1:21)

The Timbers remain in sixth place in the West after falling to D.C. United via a Bill Tuiloma own goal. For more MLS sign up to ESPN+. (1:21)

D.C. United caught a much-needed break on Sunday, getting a first-half own goal and then holding on for a 1-0 road win against the Portland Timbers in a key clash of teams fighting to stay playoff-eligible.

D.C. United (12-10-9, 45 points) nearly benefited from a second own goal in the first half, but it was denied on a controversial call after a VAR review.

The tough-luck defeat for the Timbers (13-12-4, 43 points), in a game played amid a steady rain, prevented them from making a move in a crowded Western Conference.

A loose ball in front of the Portland goal in the 37th minute bounced off goalkeeper Steve Clark and appeared to cross the goal line for a D.C. United score before it was cleared by midfielder Eryk Williamson. Officials did not find a frame on replay that showed the ball completely across the goal line.

There was no denying the first Portland miscue that gave D.C. United a 1-0 lead. Midfielder Ulises Segura delivered a cross in front of the Portland goal that was redirected by Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma and off the leg of Clark, who was moving in the opposite direction.

The goal in the 25th minute held up despite relentless pressure on offense by the Timbers in the second half. Portland had a 23-7 advantage on shots.

The defeat left the Timbers 7-4-2 at home the season as they work their way through a quirky schedule that started with 12 consecutive road games due to a stadium remodel. Portland is now in the midst of 10 consecutive home games, but is just 4-3-0 in that stretch.

D.C. has now won consecutive games after a three-game losing streak in mid-August. It was D.C. United's first MLS game since Aug. 31 because of the recent international break.

D.C. has three games remaining while Portland still has five games left to play.

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