Portland, OR (Sports Network) - There is a new team bottoming the Western
The Portland Timbers have been in the cellar for much of the season, but they
swapped places with the Colorado Rapids on Friday after Bright Dike handed the
Rose City club a 1-0 win in front of a 31st consecutive sell-out crowd at
Portland (7-13-6) has managed to put together a small winning streak, claiming
back-to-back victories to improve to 27 points on the season.
Colorado (8-17-2) has endured some abysmal form, going 2-11-1 over its last 14
games to go bottom of the West on 26 points.
The two sides traded half-chances until the Timbers bagged the lone goal just
Portland caught Colorado on the counter attack with Sal Zizzo breaking free on
the right flank. The winger beat his man and whipped an inch-perfect ball to
the top of the six-yard box where Dike was arriving to tuck home his second
goal of the season.
The Timbers nearly doubled their lead in first-half stoppage time when Franck
Songo'o threaded a perfect pass through the Rapids defense, but Darlington
Nagbe was unable to convert the chance, sending his effort just wide of the
Nagbe's miss ultimately made no difference as the Timbers kept their first
clean sheet since May to ride Dike's goal to all three points.
Portland and Colorado will renew acquaintances in just five days, meeting
again at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday.