TACOMA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (5-2-3, 20 points) defeated Timbers2 (0-2-2, 4 points) 3-0 Tuesday evening in its first match of the season at Cheney Stadium. Cody Baker scored his first professional goal, while Marlon Vargas and Abdoulaye Cissoko each added strikes as Tacoma continues to move up the Western Conference standings, with the club currently riding a six-match unbeaten streak (4-0-2).

Baker bagged his goal in the 29th minute after Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez streaked down the left flank, centering a pass at the bottom of the area that Baker smashed home to give the home side the lead. After a Timbers2 player committed a handball in the area, Vargas converted the ensuing penalty to make it 2-0 in the 33rd minute. Cissoko added the final strike of the match in the 55th minute off a corner, getting his head to the ball played in by Danny Leyva to put Tacoma up three. Defiance goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley recorded a shutout in his second start of the season.

Wade Webber’s side plays another game at Cheney Stadium on Saturday, hosting Earthquakes II on June 4 in the two teams’ second matchup of the season (7:00 p.m. PT / mlsnextpro.com).


Tacoma Defiance 3 – Timbers2 0

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Venue: Cheney Stadium

Referee: Christopher Calderon

Weather: 65 degrees and sunny


TAC – Cody Baker (Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez) 29

TAC – Marlon Vargas (penalty) 33’

TAC – Abdoulaye Cissoko (Danny Leyva) 55’


POR – Carlos Vivas (caution) 26’

TAC – Abdoulaye Cissoko (caution) 45+2’

TAC – Jimmy Medranda (caution) 45+2’

POR – Dylan Akau (caution) 59’

POR – Carlos Vivas (ejection) 70’

TAC – Fito Ovalle (caution) 86’

TAC – Alfred Gombe-Fei (caution) 87’


Total shots: 9

Shots on goal: 4

Fouls: 14

Offside: 5

Corner-kicks: 4

Saves: 0


Total shots: 7

Shots on goal: 0

Fouls: 15

Offside: 2

Corner-kicks: 3

Saves: 1