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TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Darlington Nagbe of the Portland Timbers fires a shot at goal against the Philadelphia Union.The playoffs are looking better all the time for the defending MLS champion Portland Timbers.


Portland added to its league lead in home wins on Saturday, beating the

Philadelphia Union 1-0 at Providence Park.

It was the 11th victory at home this season for the Timbers, who tied their record and are 11-3-2 here this year.

Diego Valeri gave Portland the lead in the 46th minute.

The Union scored in the 47th, but Fanendo Adi struck in the 53rd, and Portland’s defense and the goalkeeping of Jake Gleeson did the rest. Gleeson finished with seven saves.

Darren Mattocks had two assists for Portland — his first double assist performance in 109 MLS games.

Adi has 15 goals this season. Valeri has 12, his career high.

The Timbers improved to 11-11-8 (41 points). The Union have the same record.

Portland moved into fifth place in the Western Conference, two points ahead of Sporting Kansas City, which plays Sunday at home against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Real Salt Lake is fourth with 44 points in 30 games, the same as Portland.

Seattle, which has played 28 games, is seventh at 35 points.

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