Portland, Ore. Diego Valeri, Jack Jewsbury and Fanendo Adi scored second-half goals while both teams played a man short to help the Portland Timbers beat Sporting Kansas City 3-0 on Sunday.
In the 65th minute, a left wing cross from Vytas Vytautas Andriuskevicius was too high for Jack McInerney to head on goal. But it bounced right to Valeri just inside the penalty area, where he blasted a right-footed shot past goalkeeper Alec Kann for his 10th goal of the season.
The Timbers put the game out of reach late in the game. In the 87th minute, Darlington Nagbe made a series of twists and turns to maintain possession in the Sporting penalty area, before laying off a pass for Jewsbury to smash into the net for his first goal.
Adi followed three minutes later by collecting his own blocked shot in the penalty area and converting his second attempt for his 11 goal.
Portland played most of the match with 10 men, after Diego Chara was shown a red card in the 12th minute for apparently elbowing Sporting midfielder Benny Feilhaber in the face after the two players got tangled up.
Sporting’s man advantage was wiped out in the 39th minute, when Soni Mustivar’s attempt to control the ball instead caught Valeri in the knee, earning him an early exit.
Portland (8-8-8) snapped a two-game winning streak and moved back into a playoff position, two points ahead of Vancouver for the final spot in the Western Conference. Kansas City (10-11-4) had its two-game winning streak snapped and remained in fifth place, one point ahead of the Timbers.