Kenyan international centre back Lawrence Olum was on the pitch as Portland Timbers went down by a solitary goal to his former employers Sporting KC in a Major League Soccer match played at Providence Park in the morning of Sunday 16 April.
After a barren first half in which both sides battled to a barren draw, Sporting came back stronger. On the 53rd minute, Dom Dwyer headed home the game winning goal off a cross from Jimmy Medranda.
The game was billed as a battle of the best attacking team and the best defensive team in MLS. Portland entered the game with a league-leading 16 goals in six matches while Sporting had just two goals conceded in five games but it was 90 minutes that separated the two stats.
“We got to find ways to win games when things aren't going our way. Part of that is putting the game on our own terms. Part of that is finding a way to win no matter what. Part of that is managing the emotion of what is happening in the game,” Portland Coach Caleb Porter stated after the match as quoted on Oregonlive.com
Despite the defeat, Timbers remain top of the Western Conference table with 13 points from seven games. Sporting are second on 12 points with a game in hand.
Olum crossed over to Timbers in February 2017 and has since scored a goal in seven appearances.