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PORTLAND, OREGON (19 March 2017) The Houston Dynamo fell to the Portland Timbers by the score of 4-2 on the road on Saturday evening, 18 March 2017. The loss drops the Dynamo to 2-1-0 on the season. Houston trailed for the first time this season when Portland midfielder Diego Valeri converted a penalty in the 11th minute. The penalty was awarded when referee Allen Chapman ruled that Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley was guilty of a handball on the edge of the Houston penalty area.
Forward Erick Torres scored on a penalty kick in the 38th minute, giving him three goals in as many games. Forward Alberth Elis registered his first assist as a member of the Dynamo and first in MLS play when he collected a ball near midfield and drove toward the Portland penalty area before laying off a pass to FW Romell Quioto, who was unmarked in front of the goal. Houston will next play on 1 April 2017 with a matchup against the New York Red Bulls.