Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids - Football Match Report - September 8, 2018
Jeremy Ebobisse and Diego Valeri scored because the Portland Timbers defeated the visiting Colorado Rapids 2-Zero Saturday evening.

The Timbers (12-7-8, 44 factors) continued their up-and-down MLS season.

Portland had a 15-match unbeaten run, adopted by a four-game shedding streak. The Timbers improved to 2-0-1 since snapping the skid.

The Rapids (6-15-6, 24 factors) suffered their third straight loss.

Ebobisse, who had performed simply eight minutes this season coming into Saturday, opened the scoring simply earlier than the half, within the 45th minute.

Portland’s Sebastian Blanco received a 50-50 ball from a Colorado defender on the appropriate wing and slotted a cross by way of the center for Ebobisse, who made a slide to beat goalkeeper Tim Howard to the ball and poked a left-footed shot into the web.

Ebobisse, a 21-year-old who was the No. four total choose within the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, was making simply his second look of the season and his first begin. He had one objective and three assists in 14 video games as a rookie final yr.

Valeri, the league’s reigning MVP, scored his team-leading 10th of the season within the 65th minute, additionally off an help from Blanco.

After a Colorado turnover close to midfield, Blanco dribbled down the left wing all the best way to the touchline and made a swift left-footed cross previous Howard and on to Valeri, who headed the ball into an open internet from lower than two yards out.

Goalkeeper Steve Clark, making his first begin for the Timbers rather than the injured Jeff Attinella, earned the shutout. Clark, claimed off waivers from D.C. United in mid-August, made three saves.

Clark’s most spectacular cease got here within the 62nd minute, when he leaped to knock a 35-yard shot from Colorado’s Giles Barnes over the crossbar. The ball appeared headed for the higher proper nook of the web.

Howard made six saves for the Rapids, protecting them within the sport early. He was compelled to make lunging stops on photographs by Blanco and Valeri within the sport’s opening 5 minutes.


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