Timbers keep win streak rolling
Samuel Armenteros scored two goals and Diego Valeri one on Saturday and the Portland Timbers extended their win streak to six games with a 3-2 victory at Colorado.
Portland (6-3-2, 20 points) is third in the MLS Western Conference. Colorado (2-7-2, 8) is last in the 12-team conference after a sixth consecutive loss.
Armenteros opened the scoring in the 29th minute, turning defender Danny Wilson and putting a shot beyond the reach of Tim Howard.
Colorado equalized two minutes later when a cross deflected off of Timbers defender Julio Cascante and past Jeff Attinella for an own goal.
Armenteros made the score 2-1 in the 37th minute. After a Colorado giveaway in midfield, Sebastian Blanco was able to loft a cross that Howard got fingertips to but fell to an open Armenteros at the far post.
It was the third goal in a row for the Timbers from Armenteros.
Valeri's fifth goal of the season at the end of a transition play in the 56th minute made it a 3-1 game. Blanco dribbled out of the defensive third of the field and sent a pass to Valeri, who took a touch past a defender in the box to easily beat Howard.
Armenteros later had a breakaway chance for a third goal saved by Howard.
Colorado created a series of threatening chances and had a late goal from Yannick Boli overturned on video review.
The second Rapids goal came in the ninth minute of stoppage time on a penalty kick converted by Boli after Cascante committed a foul with seconds left before the final whistle.
The Timbers play their next two MLS matches at home, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday against the Los Angeles Galaxy.