Hassoun Camara, Felipe score as Impact down Timbers
Portland, OR, United States (4E Sports) – Hassoun Camara scored on a spectacular bicycle kick in the first half and Felipe added a score in the second half as the Montreal Impact clinched their second straight win with a 2-1 victory over the struggling Portland Timbers Saturday at JELD-WEN Field.
The win put the Impact on top of the Eastern Conference standings for the first time in franchise history with a 2-0 record.
The Timbers, who dropped to 0-1-1, had a chance to put a point on the board 11 minutes into the match but Marco Di Vaio’s header was stopped by Donovan Ricketts.
Camara put Montreal ahead 30 minutes into the game with a spectacular overhead kick after Portland had failed to clear their lines following an Impact set piece.
Portland pushed for the equalizer early in the second half, putting the Impact under constant pressure. Montreal netminder Troy Perkins, however, was repeatedly up to the task, and gave his side some breathing room amid a flurry of attacks by the Timbers.
Then, the Impact moved up 2-0 when Patrice Bernier passed the ball to Andres Romero, who pulled it back to Felipe at the edge of the six-yard box and the Brazilian beat Ricketts near-post in the 60th minute.
The Timbers responded in the 80th minute when forward Ryan Johnson got goalside of Camara, heading in from close range.
The Timbers had an opportunity to equalize in the fourth minute of stoppage time when Darlington Nagbe eluded Montreal’s defense and found Jose Valencia alone in the box.
However, Valencia’s blast went straight into Perkins’ gut and there was no rebound.