Match Report | St. Louis CITY SC Defeats Portland Timbers 2-1 to Win Third Straight MLS Match


St. Louis CITY SC recorded a historic third come-from-behind win after defeating Portland Timbers 2-1 away at Providence Park. After going behind early in the match, CITY SC rallied behind goals from Jared Stroud and Kyle Hiebert to extend their winning streak to three games. With the win tonight, St. Louis CITY SC join Seattle Sounders as the only other expansion club to win each of their first three MLS games.

Three Matches, Three Wins

St. Louis CITY SC upend Portland Timbers 2-1 to secure their third win of the MLS season. Earlier in the season, CITY SC defeated Austin FC and Charlotte FC to become the fourth expansion team in MLS history to win its first two matches. With the win tonight, St. Louis join Seattle Sounders as the only other expansion club to win each of their first three MLS games.

Jared Stroud and Away Goals

Jared Stroud was on target to find the equalizer for St. Louis CITY SC just before halftime. The goal marked the second time Stroud found the back of the net this season, with the other time being away against Austin FC in the club’s first-ever MLS match.

Kyle Hiebert, the game-winner

Kyle Hiebert scored the unlikely game-winner in 75th minute after capitalizing on a set-piece from Eduard Löwen. Hiebert has seen little time on the bench since he arrived in St. Louis. During the 2022 MLS NEXT Pro season, Hiebert played all but four minutes for CITY2 across all competitions. Hiebert has played every minute of CITY SC’s three MLS matches so far.

Homegrown Start

Miguel Perez, St. Louis CITY SC’s 17-year-old Homegrown signing made his first MLS start. Perez who has now featured in all CITY SC’s three matches, played 65 minutes before he was replaced by Tomáš Ostrák in midfield.

Goal-Scoring Plays

PORZac McGraw (Eryk Williamson), 3rd minute: Zac McGraw header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eryk Williamson with a cross following a corner.

STL – Jared Stroud (João Klauss), 45’+1 minute: Jared Stroud right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Klauss.

STL – Kyle Hiebert (Eduard Löwen), 75th minute: Kyle Hiebert header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eduard Löwen with a cross following a set piece situation.

Next Game

St. Louis CITY SC returns to CITYPARK to take on San Jose Earthquakes in their second home match next Saturday.

Portland Timbers (1-2-0, 3pts) vs. St. Louis CITY SC (3-0-0, 9pts)

Mar. 11, 2023 – Providence Park (Portland, Oregon)

Goals by Half

Portland Timbers: First (1) Second (0) Final (1)

St. Louis CITY: First (1) Second (1) Final (2)

Scoring Summary: 

POR: McGraw (Williamson), 3

STL: Stroud (Klauss), 45’+1

STL: Hiebert, 75’

Misconduct Summary:

STL: Jared Stroud (caution), 29

POR: Dario Zuparic (caution), 54

STL: Miguel Perez (caution), 65

POR: Santiago Moreno (caution), 68

POR: Zac McGraw (caution), 74


POR: GK David Bingham; D Claudio Bravo (Marvin Loria 81’), D Dario Zuparic, D Zachary McGraw D Juan Mosquera; M Larrys Mabiala, M Eryk Williamson, M Diego Chara ©, M Christhian Paredes (Evander 12’, Jaraslaw Niezgoda 69’) F Santiago Moreno (Diego Gutierrez 81’), F Nathan Fogaca

Substitutes Not Used: GK Aljaz Ivacic; D Eric Miller, D Justin Rasmussen D Pablo Bonilla;


STL: GK Roman Bürki ©; D Jake Nerwinski, D Tim Parker, D Kyle Hiebert, D John Nelson (Lucas Bartlett 86’); M Miguel Perez (Tomáš Ostrák 66’), M Eduard Löwen, M Indiana Vassilev (Akil Watts 73’), M Jared Stroud (Célio Pompeu 66’) , M Rasmus Alm (Niko Gioacchini 72’), F João Klauss

Substitutes Not Used: GK Ben Lundt; D Josh Yar; D Selmir Pidro; F Sam Adeniran


Referee: Victor Rivas

Assistant Referees: Corey Rockwell, Mike Rottersman

Fourth Official: Malik Badawl

VAR: Drew Fischer

AVAR: Craig Lowry

Venue: Providence Park

Weather: Clear, 46 degrees