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Timbers Hold Off Vancouver 1-0, Propel to Top Spot in the West

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After three straight matches without securing a win, the Portland Timbers got their swagger back in a 5-2 win over the LA Galaxy back on October 28th.

The Timbers have already clinched a spot in the postseason with their victory last Wednesday, but went into Sunday night’s match with Vancouver sitting in third in the Western Conference standings. A win against the Whitecaps would propel them into the top spot in the West.

Through the first 45 minutes of play, neither club was able to get much going offensively. Both clubs combined for just one shot on goal (taken by Portland), and were fairly even across the board.

It wasn’t until the 61st minute that we saw the first goal scored, when Yimmi Chará knocked one in from inside the box. The goal was set up by a beautiful display of team passing by the Timbers.

Portland had a close call as the match neared the 80th minute, but the Timbers were able to keep Vancouver off of the board because of some quick reflexes by goal keeper Steve Clark.

An unfortunate injury occurred in added time when Jaroslaw Niezgoda went down and had to be carried off of the field in a stretcher. Nevertheless, Portland held on for the 1-0 victory and secured themselves a spot at the top of the Western Conference standings.

The Timbers will look to hold onto first place with just two more regular season matches left before postseason play begins.

 

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