LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark made up for his mistake late within the second half with a key save within the penalty shootout, and the Timbers superior previous FC Cincinnati into the quarterfinals of the MLS is Again event on Tuesday night time.
Portland beat Cincinnati 4-2 within the shootout after the perimeters performed to a 1-1 attract regulation.
Clark’s blunder led to a penalty and Cincinnati’s tying objective within the 81st minute from Jürgen Locadia. However within the penalty shootout, Clark smothered Locadia’s try within the third spherical to offer the Timbers the benefit.
Cincinnati’s Kendall Waston hit his shot over the crossbar within the fourth spherical and Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored to shut out the victory.
Diego Valeri, Felipe Mora and Sebastian Blanco additionally scored within the shootout for Portland. The Timbers turned the fifth Western Convention workforce to succeed in the ultimate eight of the event and can face New York Metropolis FC within the quarterfinals on Saturday night time.
Niezgoda gave Portland a 1-Zero lead along with his objective within the 67th minute. Blanco discovered Niezgoda open in the midst of the penalty space. Niezgoda managed the move along with his proper foot and poked the shot along with his left previous Cincinnati goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton. It was the primary objective allowed by Cincinnati because the opening match of the event.
Portland’s objective got here only some minutes after Cincinnati appeared to take the lead. Mathieu Deplagne’s objective off a free kick was disallowed after video overview decided Deplagne was offside.
However Clark’s mistake gave Cincinnati an opportunity. Relatively than choosing up a unfastened Cincinnati move, Clark tried to play it along with his ft. The ball bounced too distant and he clipped Allan Cruz whereas diving for the ball. Locadia transformed the penalty to tug Cincinnati even.
Clark almost gifted one other objective 5 minutes later when he mishandled Siem De Jong’s shot from distance. However Locadia made an equally terrible mistake within the 88th minute when he missed a wide-open try from contained in the 6-yard field, sending his shot over the crossbar.