Portland Timbers: Portland’s much-hyped streak continues – CNN

(CNN) — The Portland Timbers have embarked on a seven-game win streak which stretches back to June, but the Portland Timbers wasn’t alone on their run of success. The Seattle Sounders is on a…

Portland Timbers: Portland's much-hyped streak continues - CNN

(CNN) — The Portland Timbers have embarked on a seven-game win streak which stretches back to June, but the Portland Timbers wasn’t alone on their run of success.

The Seattle Sounders is on a win streak of their own, having won eight straight matches prior to their most recent victory, a 4-0 win against Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

The Vancouver Whitecaps, meanwhile, has dropped only one match since losing to the Timbers on August 25 — and that was a 5-0 loss against Seattle.

And now it is the Portland Timbers’ turn to triumph, once again scoring goals like crazy.

More shots, more goals

The game against Vancouver kicked off in fine fashion as Portland took an early lead at Providence Park with a goal from Sairon Sarr in the 2nd minute.

It was scored after a bit of an uncharacteristic bit of confusion between Vancouver keeper David Ousted and Portland defender DeAndre Yedlin.

With possession eventually falling to Portland, Portland head coach Giovanni Savarese saw to that Yedlin, the reigning MLS Defender of the Year, would be taken off the field so that he didn’t take an unnecessary risk of a red card.

With Portland out of the game at that point, it allowed the young midfielder an opportunity to have his way with Ousted and score.

“The goal was definitely a turning point,” Portland forward Fanendo Adi told Yahoo Sports. “We stayed together. The crowd supported us. We kept ourselves strong. It was important to score right away — giving them a goal puts them back into the game and makes it a whole different game.”

Adi added the Timbers would use Ousted’s mistake as an opportunity to build momentum, going on to win the match 5-1.

Scoreless in the first half, Portland scored three goals in the second half, two of which came from Adi, including the first of two penalty kicks Adi converted in the game.

With Saturday’s victory, Portland now has a four-point lead at the top of the Western Conference table.

Slight injury scare

Portland goalkeeper Jeff Attinella was forced off the pitch in the first half, having to leave with a slight injury after a collision.

Drew Moor came on for Attinella as Portland’s backup, and seemed quite capable at the match.

Unlike Portland, Vancouver did have a injury scare earlier in the match.

Just eight minutes into the match, Vancouver midfielder Kekuta Manneh (who is regarded as one of the best prospects in the league) collided with Portland’s Sebastian Blanco and limped off the pitch with what appeared to be a thigh injury.

Manneh missed some time before returning in the 69th minute.

He was diagnosed with a minor quad injury and returned to the action, though it did cause him to miss the final minutes of the game.

Portland’s success is something to be quite proud of. Fans on Twitter have talked about how the Timbers are the “dart squad” of the league because they are seemingly unbeatable.

The ultimate goal, though, is ultimately winning the MLS Cup championship. Portland needs to take care of business against rival FC Dallas at home on Wednesday in their final match before heading to the playoffs.

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