Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Julian Green (right) of Bayern Munich tries to make a move with the ball during the German teams 2-1 loss to the MLS All-Stars at Providence Park.

Timbers in the mix

Going into basically the final third of the MLS regular season, Portland is in a battle primarily with the Colorado Rapids and Vancouver Whitecaps for the fifth and final Western Conference playoff spot. Other scenarios could unfold, but Real Salt Lake, Seattle, Dallas and Los Angeles have the top four spots heading into this weekend.

The Timbers (7-7-9, 30 points with 11 games to go) pulled into a fifth-place tie with Colorado (8-9-6, 30) when Portland dominated Chivas USA 2-0 Saturday night at Providence Park. Diego Valeri continued his stellar play for the Timbers, getting the opening goal, in the 10th minute, to set a club record of at least one goal in four consecutive games. The Portland defense, meanwhile held Chivas USA to one shot on goal, in the 83rd minute.

MLS All-Stars prevail

Landon Donovan’s goal, off a feed from the Timbers’ Valeri, capped the MLS All-Stars’ comeback, 2-1 victory over touring Bayern Munich last week at Providence Park. The German team, training for its league season, led 1-0 at the half.


Portland suffered a 2-0 loss at the Boston Breakers on Sunday, and the third and fourth of four National Women’s Soccer League playoff berths remain up for grabs.

The fourth-place Thorns (9-8-6, 33 points) will play their regular-season finale at Providence Park against the first-place Seattle Reign, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Fifth-place Chicago (8-7-7, 31) plays at 5 p.m. PT Wednesday at Boston, then finishes with a 5 p.m. PT Saturday game at the Western New York Flash. The third-place Washington Spirit (10-8-5, 33) plays its finale against Sky Blue FC at 3:30 p.m. PT Saturday.


Portland has signed 17-year-old center Alex Overhardt, the team’s 11th-round pick in the 2012 Western Hockey League bantam draft. The 6-0, 175-pounder is from Cherry Hills, Colo.

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