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September 20, 2013 10:00 PM EDT
Providence Park — Portland, Oregon
Referee:‬ H. Grajeda‎
Attendance:‬ 20674‎
 
13′ Diego Valeri
 

Portland Timbers 1-0 Colorado Rapids: Red-hot Valeri scores the winner

The Argentine scored for the third match in a row to give his team the spoils in a vital playoff six-pointer.

By Keith Hickey

Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers, MLS
Steve Dykes
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Timbers took another big step towards the MLS playoffs and saw their talisman bolster his MVP credentials in a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at Jeld-Wen Field.

Portland took the lead thanks to Diego Valeri's 13th-minute goal. Colorado defender Drew Moor received a pass in the back, but was forced into a rash clearance by pressure from Maximiliano Urruti. Rodney Wallace put a powerful header to send it back the other way and into the path of Valeri, who beat Clint Irwin with a cool chip.

The win vaults Portland (11-5-13) over Colorado (12-9-9) and into third place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference, snapping the Rapids' two-game win streak and making the Timbers unbeaten in their last three.


Portland Timbers

1
Donovan Ricketts
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
44
Pa-Modou Kah
Defender
 - 
98
Mamadou Danso
Defender
 - 
4
Will Johnson
Midfielder
 - 
8
Diego Valeri
Midfielder
13′ 73′
 - 
13
Jack Jewsbury
Defender
 - 
21
 - 
6
 - 
22
Rodney Wallace
Defender
 - 
37
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Colorado Rapids

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1
Clinton Irwin
Goalkeeper
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3
Drew Moor
Defender
 - 
15
Chris Klute
Defender
 - 
22
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-
 - 
2
Nick LaBrocca
Midfielder
84′
 - 
8
Dillon Powers
Midfielder
 - 
-
Martín Rivero
Midfielder
55′
 - 
20
H. Thomas
Midfielder
 - 
23
 - 
9

Substitutes

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Milos Kocic
Goalkeeper
 - 
16
 - 
11
 - 
11
Kalif Alhassan
Midfielder
73′ 91′
 - 
14
Ben Zemanski
Midfielder
90′
 - 
20
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

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Matt Pickens
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
G. Mera
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
-
J. Castrillón
Midfielder
84′
 - 
26
 - 
30
 - 
55

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
Striker
NY Red Bulls
4 1