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May 20, 2012 7:05 PM EDT
Providence Park — Portland, Oregon
Referee:‬ S. Petrescu‎
Attendance:‬ 20438‎
 
20′ Eric Brunner
53′ (OG) Logan Pause
 

Portland Timbers 2-1 Chicago Fire: Timbers grab much-needed win and move out of last place

With the win, the Timbers were able to move off the foot of the Western Conference table.

By Seth Vertelney

Diego Chara, Gonzalo Segares, Portland Timbers, Chicago Fire, MLS
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The Portland Timbers earned an important victory Sunday night, defeating the visiting Chicago Fire 2-1 on the strength of goals from Eric Brunner and an own goal from Chicago's Logan Pause.

The home side opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Brunner got on the end of a corner-kick scramble and volleyed home from close range.

Jalil Anibaba leveled the match in the 39th minute, after latching onto a shot from Marco Pappa. The second-year man was able to turn and fire home from close range.

The Timbers scored the winner off a corner kick a few minutes into the second half. Boyd flicked on a corner kick into the path of Pause, who could do no more than deflect the ball into his own net from close range.

With the win, Portland moved out of last place of the Western Conference and surprisingly, the team that took its place is none other than the defending champion, the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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Portland Timbers

1
Troy Perkins
Goalkeeper
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Mike Chabala
Defender
45′
 - 
2
Eric Brunner
Defender
20′
 - 
26
Steven Smith
Defender
 - 
-
H. Mosquera
Defender
 - 
-
F. Songo'o
Midfielder
46′
 - 
21
 - 
5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
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6
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9
Kris Boyd
Striker
 - 
22
Rodney Wallace
Defender
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Chicago Fire

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25
Sean Johnson
Goalkeeper
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33
Dan Gargan
Defender
81′
 - 
4
 - 
13
 - 
4
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-
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12
Logan Pause
Midfielder
53′ 68′
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Pavel Pardo
Midfielder
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8
 - 
14
Patrick Nyarko
Midfielder
45′
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M. Pappa
Midfielder

Substitutes

12
Joe Bendik
Goalkeeper
 - 
18
David Horst
Defender
 - 
25
Steve Purdy
Defender
 - 
11
 - 
11
Kalif Alhassan
Midfielder
 - 
12
Eric Alexander
Midfielder
 - 
11
Michael Fucito
Midfielder
 - 
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J. Perlaza
Striker
67′
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Substitutes

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70
Paolo Tornaghi
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
3
 - 
11
 - 
8
R. Robayo
Midfielder
68′
 - 
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F. Puppo
Striker
60′
 - 
15

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Coach/Manager

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4 3
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Striker
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4 2
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Striker
NY Red Bulls
4 1