Ryan Johnson scored two goals and the Portland Timbers beat the Houston Dynamo, 2-0, Saturday night for their first win of the season.
Johnson, a forward acquired from Toronto in the offseason, scored goals in the 55th and 73rd minutes as the Timbers came alive in the second half to beat the Dynamo for the first time in their three-year history. Portland (1-1-4) had lost the previous three matches.
Houston (3-2-1) is winless in two matches on the road this season. The Dynamo, MLS Cup runner-up in 2011 and 2012, had five shots to Portland’s one in the first half, as every member of the Houston front line and midfield had an attempt. However, in the second half, the Timbers controlled the play.
Johnson scored his second goal on an assist from Diego Chara, and then celebrated by throwing his head back and sticking out his tongue to catch rain drops as he jogged back down the field.
Johnson then sealed things by breaking away in the 73rd minute and blasting a shot past Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall into the top right corner of the net.
At Earthquakes 1, Whitecaps 1: Corey Hertzog took advantage of a temporary two-man advantage to score his first MLS goal, rallying Vancouver to a draw with San Jose.
Hertzog’s goal from 9 yards in the 62nd minute came as San Jose defender Victor Bernardez and forward Alan Gordon stood on the sideline. They had left the field roughly 90 seconds earlier to change their shoes on a slick night, and referee Fotis Bazakos did not permit them to re-enter until after Hertzog had scored.
At Toronto FC 2, FC Dallas 2: Darel Russell capped a remarkable comeback with a goal in the 90th minute, giving Toronto the draw with Western Conference leader Dallas.
Russell hammered home a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box off the post and in to beat goalie Raul Fernandez.
Substitute Justin Braun assisted on the tying goal after scoring one himself minutes earlier to start the comeback..
At Rapids 1, Real Salt Lake 0: Clint Irwin stopped a first-half penalty kick, and Atiba Harris’ goal in the fifth minute held up the Colorado (1-3-2) won its first league game, beating RSL (2-3-1).
Edson Buddle set up the score by sneaking a pass between defenders in the penalty box and straight to an open Harris.
At Crew 1, Union 1: Dominic Oduro scored in the 72nd minute to help Columbus (2-1-2) rally for a draw with Philadelphia (2-2-1).
Oduro took a pass from Eddie Gaven and struck a rising ball that sneaked inside the right post for his second goal, countering a 34th-minute goal by Jack McInerney.
McInerney received a pass by Danny Cruz from the right flank after the Union beat the offside trap for a two-man break.