Saturday, Sept. 25: Timbers 6, Real Salt Lake 1
Goals: Felipe Mora at the end of a quick counter from Sebastian Blanco and Diego Chara (1-0 Timbers, 27th minute).
Dairon Asprilla header on a free kick from the defensive half by Dario Zuparic (2-0 Timbers, 36th minute)
Damir Kreilach puts home a loose ball after a mistimed clearing header from Portland's Bill Tuiloma created a scramble in front of goal.
Yimmi Chara curled home a shot with good patience after a set-up slip pass from Sebastian Blanco (3-1 Timbers, 48th minute).
Diego Chara scores on the counter after an upfield run and pass from brother Yimmi Chara (4-1 Timbers, 68th minute).
Jaroslaw Niezgoda scores on his first shot of the season after collecting a ball from Santiago Moreno (5-1 Timbers, 85th minute).
Cristhian Paredes scores from the right side of the penalty area on a quick opportunity set up by Claudio Bravo and Marvin Loria (6-1 Timbers, 88th minute).
What it means: Portland is 5-0-1 in its last six games to climb to fourth place in the Western Conference at 12-10-4 (40 points). Real Salt Lake is 10-10-6 (36 points) and remains seventh in the conference.
Reaction: The Chara brothers team up on a goal for the third time and each scores a goal. … The Timbers were ruthless in transition, demonstrating why they are unbeaten this season when scoring first. … Steve Clark made a couple first-class saves with the result still in doubt. … Jarsoslaw Niezgoda scored on his first shot in a year. In short, it was a resounding and fun night for a Portland team that is starting to look like the contender many thought they could be.
Gio Savarese said: "We executed very well the things that we practice. Overall, I think we saw the Timbers improving in every area, from set pieces, the way we played from the back and the way we defended. So I'm extremely proud of the players."
Yimmi Chara on teaming with Diego Chara for a goal (as translated): "It makes me very happy. It definitely reflects our relationship with our union, but not just with him but with the whole team as well. We know we'll have hard times during the season, but we'll really trust each other and that will make us, make us stronger."
Up next: Portland at LAFC, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 (FOX 12 PLUS TV).
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