Timbers Cut Down New York City’s Unbeaten Streak

New York City
Portland Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark deflects the ball over the net. Photo: Vincent Carchietta-USA Today Sports

New York City FC’s 14-game unbeaten streak came to an end Sunday with its 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers at Yankee Stadium.

The game’s lone goal came in the 14th minute. Giovanni Savarese’s side earned a free kick that was curled in by Diego Valeri and finished off by Sebastian Blanco after New York City failed to clear.

Playing its third match in nine days, the home side was missing eight first-team players. As NYCFC looked to extend its unbeaten streak to 15 matches, head coach Doménec Torrent made two changes to the Starting XI, replacing injured duo Ismael Tajouri-Shradi and Alexandru Mitriță with Ebenezer Ofori and Ben Sweat. 

Both players, along with Tony Rocha, Héber, James Sands, and Joe Scally were unavailable for the match with injuries, while Sean Johnson and Alex Callens were competing at the Gold Cup and Copa America respectively.

“I think the team deserved more,” Torrent said. “We are missing some players but is not an excuse, it is a reality, but I am very proud of them. They deserved more.”

He continued, “In the first half we made one mistake and when you make a mistake in soccer it punishes you. They played very well, especially the second half we deserved at least one goal, but sometimes that happens in soccer you are just unable to score a goal.”