Blanco, Niezgoda spark Portland to 3-0 win over Colorado

Timbers’ top-scorer Bill Tuiloma

 Bill Tuiloma returned to the Starting XI, in place of the suspended Larrys Mabiala

The first big chance of the game fell to Yimmi Chara, who received a pass from Cristhian

Paredes before firing a right-footed shot on goal that forced a low save from William Yarbrough in the Rapids’ net.

The Timbers should have opened the scoring in the sixth minute through Yimmi Chara

who found himself wide open in the middle of the box, but an over-hit pass from Jaroslaw Niezgoda saw the chance come to nothing.

After a bright start to the match, an injury to Cristhian Paredes took the wind out of the sails for the Timbers

who were forced to bring Eryk Williamson into the match before the 20th minute

Another tough blow to a team that has had to deal with a multitude of injuries this season.

From a corner, Niezgoda flicked a near-post header onto the head of Tuiloma, but the centerback

couldn’t get the right placement on his own header and the ball sailed over the crossbar

The ball fell to Sebastian Blanco in the box following a blocked shot from Yimmi Chara, and a left-footed strike from the Timbers’

Aljaz Ivacic produced an impressive save of his own a few minutes to deny a curling strike from Jonathan Lewis, keeping the score level between the two sides.

Aljaz Ivacic produced an impressive save of his own a few minutes to deny a curling strike from Jonathan Lewis, keeping the score level between the two sides.