Matchup: Timbers vs Rapids Insight
With the win, the Timbers take the lead in the standings for the Cascadia Cup with four points.
Portland will now aim to take that momentum into its upcoming match in Colorado against a Rapids team that has just one win it its last five outings. The two will meet this Saturday in Commerce City.
The Timbers should have a little spring in their step after last weekend’s big win, especially defender David Horst who netted the game-winning goal in the 2-1 victory at a raucous JELD-WEN Field.
The big center back scored the first goal of his five-year MLS career, in just his second full game back after returning from offseason hip surgery.
Portland played well, getting off to a good start against the Sounders, scoring their first goal early in the match when Kris Boyd tipped a magnificent cross past keeper Andrew Weber, opening up the scoreboard in the 16th minute.
Boyd’s strike has now allowed the Timbers to take the initial lead in three of their last four league games. With the Horst goal, the Timbers were finally able to finish however, shaking the goal monkey off their backs.
But the big question is can they continue to keep it off?
The Timbers’ two first-half goals marked only the second time this season in which the club had scored multiple goals in a half.
And the last time Portland scored multiple goals in a first half was Sept. 16, 2011, in a 3-0 win over the New England Revolution at JELD-WEN Field.
That’s good news for the Timbers who have an overall record of 12-2-3 as an MLS club when scoring the first goal.
Something they will need to do in Colorado.
But let’s not take anything away from the Portland back line, which played tough against the Sounders, holding back a second half surge except for Eddie Johnson‘s lone goal in the 58th minute that beat Troy Perkins from the top of the box.
Besides Horst and Boyd’s offensive production, forward Mike Fucito — the first player to have played on both sides of the Portland-Seattle rivalry in each clubs’ MLS era — had a very good outing, as well as defender Futty Danso who earned his first start since May 15, having missed time due to a suspension, injury and international duty.
For Timbers’ fans, we all got to see how good this side can play when firing on all cylinders.
One just has to wonder if the thin air at Dick’s will affect the Timbers, and whether or not they have truly shed their goal scoring problems that have haunted then all season.