PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Angel Reyna scored the game's only goal in the 16th minute and Club America beat the Portland Timbers 1-0 in an international exhibition match Thursday night.
Jeld-Wen Stadium was hardly partial to the hometown Timbers. The club reserved about half of the stadium's 18,000 tickets for fans of Club America, who matched the throaty Timbers Army for noise. Club America, based in Mexico City, is one of Mexico's most popular soccer teams.
With a Major League Soccer rivalry game coming up Sunday at home against Seattle, the Timbers rested most of their starters against Club America.
For the first time this season, Portland started three forwards, but it didn't provide an immediate boost to the team's struggling offense. Club America didn't have such problems, though, as its offense kept Timbers goalie Adin Brown active early in the game.
During the ninth minute, Vicente Sanchez ripped a shot that Brown tipped away with a finger. Four minutes later, Daniel Montenegro blasted a 20-yard shot that got past Brown but hit the left post.
Club America's early assault eventually paid off. During the 16th minute, Sanchez crossed a ball to Reyna, who nailed a 10-yard shot past Brown for a 1-0 lead.
Portland's best scoring chance came in the 31st minute, when forward Kenny Cooper hit a close-range shot that forced Club America goalie Armando Navarrete to dive for the save.
The Timbers had several good opportunities to pull even during the second half, the last one coming in the 89th minute, when Kevin Goldthwaite kicked a close-in shot over the cross bar.
Portland is 5-8-3 in MLS competition and currently in eighth place in the Western Conference. The Timbers are winless in their past six MLS matches.
Thursday's exhibition game was Portland's second of four this season. Later in July, the Timbers play host to West Bromwich Albion of the English Premier League and Independiente of Argentina.