FC Mulhouse came away with a 2-0 victory over PDX FC in the first-ever NPSL Portland derby.
The loss drops PDX to fourth in the Northwest Conference standings and the first-year club will need some help in order to qualify for the playoffs.
The first goal of the game came in the 41st minute when FC Mulhouse scored from a corner kick. The cross sailed to the back post where Cameron La Fluer volleyed it home for the lead just before halftime.
PDX almost equalized before the half when Frankie Lopez lifted a cross into the box, but Blake Leonetti was unable to connect properly and his effort sailed high.
PDX had two fantastic scoring chances in the second half in quick succession. The first was an indirect free kick in the box after FC Mulhouse keeper Dorian Javon Lair picked up a back pass. Gustavo Torres hit a shot that was blocked and cleared off the line. Torres had another great opportunity from a corner that hit the crossbar and bounced straight down on the line. The referee waved no goal and FC Mulhouse escaped again.
Mulhouse added a second goal late in the game from another set piece. Noah Addie got the end of a cross and tapped in from close range. The goal secured three points for Mulhouse, who move into first place in the conference.
PDX and FCM are scheduled to face off again this coming weekend in a game that could end up deciding who qualifies for the playoffs. PDX desperately needs a win, while three more points for Mulhouse would all but ensure a playoff berth.
The rematch of the Portland Derby is scheduled for Saturday, July 1st. Kickoff is 7 pm at Strasser Field/Delta Park.