Portland returns to MLS regular season action against Houston Dynamo FC on Aug. 20

– Trailing 1-0 after the first half, the Portland Timbers pushed for an equalizer, outshooting C.F. Monterey 11-5 in the second half, but were unable to level the match, falling 1-0 to C.F. Monterrey in the 2023 Leagues Cup Round of 32 at Providence Park on Friday night. Portland returns to MLS regular season play on the road against Houston Dynamo FC on Aug. 20.

Portland’s Leagues Cup 2023 Campaign
In their first Leagues Cup appearance, the Timbers were one of eight MLS Western Conference teams to advance to the Round of 32. Portland finished second in West Group 1, earning a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, before falling 2-1 in its second group match against Tigres UANL. Evander scored goals in both matches for the Timbers. Felipe Mora added a goal in Portland’s win over the Earthquakes.

Looking Ahead
The Timbers return to league play on Sunday, Aug. 20, sitting just three points out of playoff position with 11 matches remaining on the schedule. Portland will play six of those games at Providence Park, where the team is 5-3-3 in 2023. The Timbers have collected seven points in their last four home matches in the regular season. Individually, Franck Boli leads the team with six goals in his 18 appearances this season, while Evander has five goals and Dairon Asprilla has tallied four goals for Portland. Boli has two goals and an assist in Portland’s last four regular season matches at home.

Goal-Scoring Plays
POR – Maximiliano Meza (Luis Romo), 45+1 minute: Luis Romo dribbled to the left corner of the box and switched the point of the attack to find Maximiliano Meza near to the top of the box on the right side. Meza received the pass and sent a curling strike inside the right post.


  • Evander scored a team-high two goals in Leagues Cup for the Timbers.
  • Felipe Mora scored his first goal in 2023 in Leagues Cup play.
  • Jaroslaw Niezgoda and Marvin Loría each added one assist for the Timbers in Leagues Cup play.
  • Diego Chara and Santiago Moreno made their 26th appearance across all competitions for Portland in 2023. The most of any player on the team this season.
  • It was D. Chara’s 26th start across all competitions – the most of any player for the Timbers.
  • Moreno finished with a match-high four chances created.
  • Claudio Bravo won a match-best five tackles.
  • Tonight marked the first meeting between Portland and Monterrey.
  • Dating back to 2007, tonight’s match marked the 12th time the Timbers have squared off against a LIGA MX team, including eight friendly matches.
  • Evander and David Bingham were both unavailable for the match due to red card suspensions.

Next Game
The Timbers return to league play with a road match against Houston Dynamo FC on Sunday, Aug. 20, at Shell Energy Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (Pacific) with streaming available on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app in English and Spanish as well as local radio broadcasts, 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).

Video Highlights
Highlights of the match can be downloaded by clicking here.

Portland Timbers vs. C.F. Monterrey – Leagues Cup 2023 – Round of 32

Aug. 4, 2023 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)

Goals by Half                1          2          F
Portland Timbers          0          0          0
C.F. Monterrey              1          0         1

Scoring Summary: 
MTY: Meza (Romo), 45+1

Misconduct Summary:
MTY: Gallardo (caution), 27
POR: Mosquera (caution), 29
MTY: Rojas (caution), 39
MTY: Meza (caution), 80
POR: Zuparic (caution), 80
MTY: Romo (caution), 90+6
POR: D. Chara (caution), 90+6

POR: GK Ivacic, D Bravo, D Zuparic, D McGraw, D Mosquera (Araujo, 85), M Moreno (Blanco, 73), M D. Chara, M Paredes, F Loría (Y. Chara, 62), F Boli (Mora, 62), F Asprilla (Niezgoda, 85)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Bilichuk, GK Sulte, D Miller, D Mabiala, D Rasmussen, M Caliskan, F Fogaça

TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Boli, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Four players tied, 1); FOULS: 12 (Asprilla, 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 8, SAVES: 4

MTY: GK Andrada, D Gallardo (Vegas, 82), D Moreno, D Medina (Gutiérrez, 82), D Guzmán, M Rojas (Canales, 68), M Govea, M Romo, M Meza, F Cortizo (Mori, 76) , F Berterame

Substitutes Not Used: GK Cárdenas, GK Ramos, D Parra, M Fimbres, M González, M López, M Ortega, F Ávila

TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Berterame, Meza, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Meza, 2); FOULS: 9 (Guzmán, 3); OFFSIDES: 5; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 4

Referee: Guillermo Pacheco Larios
Assistant Referees: Jair De Jesús Sosa García, Jesús Lorenzo Soto Dávila
Fourth Official: Randy Solano
VAR: Allen Chapman
Attendance: 18,770

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