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.
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.
POR – Zac 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.
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)
POR: McGraw (Williamson), 3
STL: Stroud (Klauss), 45’+1
STL: Hiebert, 75’
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;
TOTAL SHOTS: 13; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 20; OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 4
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
TOTAL SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 17; OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 2
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