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Played
August 31, 2012 10:50 PM EDT
Providence Park — Portland, Oregon
Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
Attendance:‬ 20438‎
 
45′ Bright Dike
 

Portland Timbers 1-0 Colorado Rapids: Dike plugs the gap

Portland recorded a second consecutive win to leapfrog over Colorado in last place in the Western Conference.

By Stephanie Gardner

Bright Dike, Portland Timbers, MLS
Tom Hauck
The Portland Timbers moved their way up the Western Conference with a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Friday night.

The battle to avoid last in the Western Conference motivated these two teams into playing an exciting match in front of the 31st consecutive sellout crowd at Jeld-Wen Field.

The action covered the entire pitch, and kept both Donovan Ricketts and Matt Pickens occupied making saves. The play continued to get aggressive, resulting in Steven Smith receiving the first yellow card of the night for fouling Brian Mullan.

Once the halftime clock began to run down, the Rapids appeared indifferent, ready for their locker room. The Timbers, however, continued to play strongly. Sal Zizzo crossed the ball into the path of forward Bright Dike. The 25-year-old scored his second goal of the season, giving the Timbers the 1-0 win. 

The Rapids struggled to finish any of the chances they were given in the second half, and Portland enjoyed their first win over the Rapids, along with three points to jump over Colorado at the bottom of the Western Conference.

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Portland Timbers

1
Donovan Ricketts
Goalkeeper
 - 
18
David Horst
Defender
 - 
26
Steven Smith
Defender
30′
 - 
27
Kosuke Kimura
Defender
 - 
-
H. Mosquera
Defender
 - 
11
Salvatore Zizzo
Midfielder
 - 
-
F. Songo'o
Midfielder
78′
 - 
13
Jack Jewsbury
Defender
 - 
21
 - 
6
 - 
7
Bright Dike
Striker
45′ 88′
 - 

Colorado Rapids

 - 
-
Matt Pickens
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Drew Moor
Defender
 - 
2
Tyson Wahl
Defender
87′
 - 
22
 - 
-
 - 
20
 - 
-
Martín Rivero
Midfielder
 - 
11
Brian Mullan
Midfielder
46′
 - 
28
 - 
20
H. Thomas
Midfielder
 - 
6

Substitutes

12
Joe Bendik
Goalkeeper
 - 
98
 - 
12
Eric Alexander
Midfielder
75′
 - 
11
Michael Fucito
Midfielder
 - 
9
Kris Boyd
Striker
88′
 - 
55
 - 
22
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
Steward Ceus
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
Joseph Nane
Midfielder
 - 
-
W. Thompson
Midfielder
 - 
-
J. Castrillón
Midfielder
77′
 - 
7
 - 
9

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
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
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1