Portland Timbers edge Sporting Kansas City 1-0 in season opener

The Portland Timbers started their 2023 MLS campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Monday night at Providence Park. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday night but was postponed due to severe winter weather in Western Oregon.

The Timbers scored the only goal of the game in the sixth minute when Colombian defender Juan Mosquera headed in a corner kick from Diego Valeri for his first MLS goal. Mosquera joined the Timbers last season and appeared in three games.

Sporting KC tried to find an equalizer but could not break through Portland’s defense, which was led by goalkeeper Steve Clark who made four saves. The visitors also had a penalty appeal turned down in the second half when Daniel Salloi went down in the box under pressure from Claudio Bravo.

The result gave Portland three points and a perfect start to their season, while Sporting KC suffered their first loss and remained empty-handed. Both teams will return to action next weekend, with Portland hosting FC Dallas on Saturday and Sporting KC visiting LA Galaxy on Sunday.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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