PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brian Fernandez scored twice and the Portland Timbers held off Chicago 3-2 on Wednesday night with the Fire playing a man down for 60 minutes of the match.
It was Portland’s second straight win at home to start a 10-game homestand. The Timbers (11-9-4) had a challenging 12-game road trip to open the season because of construction at Providence Park, but got a friendlier schedule down the stretch.
Portland took an early 2-0 lead but almost saw it slip away in the second half.
“This was the type of game that I think that if we do the things that we can do, there’s no reason why we have to suffer all the way until the end. We need to be better,” Portland coach Giovanni Savarese said.
Nemanja Nikolic and C.J. Sapong scored for the Fire (7-11-9), who did not play Bastian Schweinsteiger or Dax McCarty in the midweek match. Chicago was hampered in a comeback bid against the Timbers when Aleksandar Katai was ejected in the 30th minute.
“We didn’t have as good start, definitely. We conceded two goals too early and too…