Cristhian Paredes’ late goal lifts Portland Timbers past the Houston Dynamo

Apr 24, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Timbers forward Yimmi Chara (23) controls a pass against the Houston Dynamo during the first half at Providence Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Cristhian Paredes scored late in the second half to avenge his earlier own-goal and lift the Portland Timbers to a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.

Dairon Asprilla also scored early for the Timbers (1-1-0, 3 points) in their home opener, their first game played before fans at Providence Park since March of 2020.

Portland has won three in a row against Houston (1-1-0, 3 points) and is unbeaten in its last four against the Dynamo.

The Timbers earned this most recent win despite limiting Diego Valeri, Yimmi Chara, Larrys Mabiala and Dario Zuparic to one half each ahead of a Concacaf Champions League match on Wednesday.

Tyler Pasher served the cross that led to the equalizer late in the first half for the Dynamo, which held 53 percent of the possession but trailed 23-10 in shots and 5-3 in efforts on target.

Darwin Quintero — Houston’s only player signed to a Designated Player contract — made his debut off the bench after he was held out of the Dynamo’s opener due to fitness concerns.

Both of Portland’s goals came from particularly stylish attacking play.

Paredes hit the winner in the 73rd minute. From midfield, center back Bill Tuiloma dropped a long ball onto Felipe Mora’s forehead. Mora nodded it backward, and Paredes ran onto it to drive a dipping effort beyond Marco Maric from just inside the penalty area.

Asprilla put Portland up after six minutes. Pablo Bonilla combined with Blake Bodily down the right, then curled a cross toward the penalty spot.

Chara made a run toward the ball at the near post but then left it for Asprilla, who guided a first-time finish inside the left post and past the diving Maric.

Between those efforts, Houston leveled in the 28th when Pasher worked a short corner with Memo Rodriguez, then sent in an inswinging cross from the right.

With plenty of traffic near the Timbers goal, the ball caromed off Paredes and past wrong-footed Jeff Attinella to even the match at 1-1.

–Field Level Media