The game in 100 words (or less): For even the world’s best teams it’s often times difficult to break down a deep-sitting midfield and defense, of which the Portland Timbers were reminded on Saturday night as the Jermaine Jones and Juan Agudelo-less New England Revolution visited Providence Park and proved a complex foil for Caleb Porter’s side. Until the 86th minute, that is, when that old mantra “set pieces, set pieces, set pieces” reared its beautiful head and smiled down upon the Rose City. Fanendo Adi, who frequently finds himself beginning games on the bench these days, found the back of the net in the game’s final moments to send the Timbers all the way up to fourth in the Western Conference.
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Three moments that mattered
11′ — Urruti’s volley flashes just wide of the far post — Maximiliano Urruti and Darlington Nagbe combined for a clever one-two movement down the right side of the box, where the Argentine fired a first-time volley that went just wide Bobby Shuttleworth’s far post.
51′ — Shuttleworth punches away Nagbe’s howitzer — Nagbe found himself some space shortly after halftime, and upon doing so unleashed a stayed-hit ball from 25 yards out, but Shuttleworth stood his ground and punched away the right-footed blast.
86′ — Adi heads home the free kick, 1-0 Timbers — Jorge Villafana whipped in the inch-perfect ball to the back post, where Adi rose above the crowd and looped his header into the upper-90 for the game’s opening goal. Set-piece perfection.
Man of the match: Fanendo Adi — He’s fallen on hard times of late, but the big Nigerian bagged a pair of late goals when it was looking like another disappointing home draw.
Portland Timbers: Kwarasey, Villafana, Ridgewell, Borchers, Powell, Chara, Johnson, Nagbe, Fernandez (Wallace 63′), Asprilla (Adi 67′), Urruti (Jewsbury 90′)
Goals: Adi (86′, 89′)
New England Revolution: Shuttleworth, Tierney, Goncalves, Farrell, Woodberry, Dorman (Kobayashi 84′), Caldwell, Rowe, Nguyen, Bunbury (Alston 64′), Davies (Okoli 78′)