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Valeri Scores Late as Portland Timbers Edge Toronto FC

It was a close match, but it was Portland who ultimately took their chances for a big home victory.

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Toronto FC's season-ending road trip ended on a sour note today with a 2-1 loss to the Portland Timbers. The loss was the club's first in three matches and continues their losing streak at Providence Park in Portland.

Diego Valeri scored the winning goal from a late free kick after the team's traded first half goals. Will Johnson scored the lone Toronto FC goal while Fanendo Adi opened the scoring for Portland.

The Portland Timbers would end Toronto FC's shutout streak at 273 minutes early in the first half. Valeri would unlock the Toronto backline with some brilliant give-and-go passing before finding Fanendo Adi in the middle of the box. Adi would poke the ball past Clint Irwin in the Toronto goal for his seventh goal of the season.

Toronto had not conceded a goal since the first 14 minutes of their match against the New England Revolution on April 9. It was the fifth time this season that the club has given up the first goal.

They would fight their way back, however, as former Portland Timber's captain Will Johnson would tie the game at one. Johnson collected a loose ball outside of the Timber's box after Sebastian Giovinco was brought down and fired it into the back of the net. The goal was his first with Toronto FC.

The goal left the Portland Timbers incensed, however, as they felt a hand ball should have been called on Toronto FC defender Drew Moor that would have negated the Toronto chance. It would one of many controversial decisions made by referee Baldomero Toledo during the match.

The sides would trade chances to start the second half, but neither could find the back of the net. Moor had a very good chance for Toronto FC at one end before Adi missed a sitter that would have given his side the lead. Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson was forced to make an outstanding save on a Jozy Altidore header to keep the match level.

Portland would finally find the back of the net through a free kick in the 73rd minute. Valeri would curl a brilliant shot past Irwin, who really had no chance on the play, to give Portland a late 2-1 lead.

Gleeson would deny late chances from Michael Bradley and Will Johnson to preserve that lead. That was all that Toronto FC could muster, as the Portland back line held strong to earn their third win of the season.

The loss means that Toronto FC picked up 11 points from their first eight matches of the season, all played on the road. They return home next weekend, where they play their home opener at the newly renovated BMO Field. The match is on Saturday, May 7 against FC Dallas.