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Blanco, Clark lead Timbers to 1-0 win over NYCFC

July 8, 2019
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Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco (10) battles for the ball with New York City defender Sebastien Ibeagha, left, during the second half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, July 7, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK (AP) — Sebastián Blanco scored his first goal in more than two months, Steve Clark had his second consecutive shutout and the Portland Timbers beat New York City FC 1-0 on Sunday night.

Clark had five saves and has had clean sheets in each of his last three starts.

Diego Valeri lobbed a free kick into the center of the area and, after it deflected of defender Sebastien Ibeagha, Blanco scored on a first-timer in the 14th minute.

NYCFC (7-2-8) lost for the first time since a 4-0 loss to Toronto on March 29 and had its 12-game unbeaten streak snapped.

Portland (7-8-2) has won back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game win streak from April 20 to May 4 and has four wins in its last six.

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