RECAP | Portland Timbers fall 2-0 to Colorado Rapids

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Goals on either side of halftime from the Colorado Rapids handed the Portland Timbers a 2-0 loss Saturday evening at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Match Moments

28' - CHANCE (POR) - Midfielder Santiago Moreno made a nice turn near midfield and sprinted forward with the ball before firing a shot wide of the right post.

45+1' - CHANCE (POR) - Moreno won a header near the top of the Colorado arc that brought the ball down to Felipe Mora on the near side. The Timbers striker hit a shot towards the far post forcing a save from Colorado goalkeeper William Yarbrough.

45+2' - GOAL (COL) - Moments before the halftime whistle, Rapids midfielder Braian Galván whipped in a cross from the left that found a leaping Dominque Badji who headed the ball down and into the net to put Portland behind 1-0.

48' - CHANCE (POR) - The Timbers worked the ball along the left side. Mora collected the ball off a Rapids defender and hit his shot on frame but Yarbrough made the save.

50' - CHANCE (POR) - Diego Valeri sent a corner kick short to Moreno who quickly passed it back to the Argentine. Valeri's hard, knuckling shot was deflected away by a surprised Yarbrough.

63' - GOAL (POR) - The Rapids doubled their lead as a cross from Galván was headed down by defender Larrys Mabiala but right to Colorado forward Diego Rubio who scored to make it 2-0.

71' - SAVE (POR) - Colorado broke forward with Michel Barrios slipping through but Steve Clark made a nice save on the shot.

85' - CHANCE (POR) - Midfielder George Fochive hit a left-footed shot from the edge of the 18-yard box on frame but Yarbrough made another save.

The Portland Timbers' next opponent is the San Jose Earthquakes at Providence Park on Oct. 27 (7pm PT, TICKETS, FOX 12 PLUS).

Portland Timbers (14-13-4, 46pts) vs. Colorado Rapids (15-6-10, 55pts)
Oct. 23, 2021 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Commerce City, Co.)

Scoring Summary:
COL: Badji (Galván), 45+2
COL: Rubio (Galván), 63

Misconduct Summary:
POR: Asprilla (caution), 68
POR: Fochive (caution), 81
POR: Price (caution), 90+3

POR: GK Clark, D Tuiloma, D Mabiala (Van Rankin, 76), D Zuparic, D Bonilla (Niezgoda, 90), M Zambrano (Fochive, 76), M D. Chara ©, M Y. Chara, M Valeri (Loría, 76), M Moreno (Asprilla, 62), F Mora

Substitutes Not Used: GK Ivacic, D McGraw, D Bodily, M Blanco

TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (three players tied, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Mora, 2); FOULS: 13 (D. Chara, 4); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 3

COL: GK Yarbrough, D Trusty, D Wilson, D Abubakar, M Galván, M Kaye (Shinyashiki, 87), M Price, M Acosta (Beitashour, 70), F Badji, F Rubio (Lewis, 71), F Bassett (Mezquida, 86)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Irwin, D Esteves, D Moor, M Warner, M Barrios

TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (five players tied, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Badji, 2); FOULS: 12 (four players tied, 4); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 4

Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistant Referees: Chantal Boudreau, Jeff Hosking
Fourth official: Matt Franz
VAR: Kevin Terry Jr.
Attendance: 12,200
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 57 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial


  • The Timbers are 14-13-4 (46 pts) this season, and 10-9-6 all-time against the Rapids.
  • Portland was shut out for the first time since June 26, snapping the longest active streak in the MLS for consecutive games with a goal scored by a team.
  • Santiago Moreno earned his first career start for the Timbers. 
  • Diego Valeri made his first start for Portland since July 30. 
  • Dairon Asprilla is the only player to appear in all 31 matches for Portland this season.
  • Larrys Mabiala led the team in passing with a 96% completion rate.