COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Portland Timbers fell 2-1 to the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Midfielder Sebastián Blanco scored his second goal of the season in the 18th minute and the goal, which gave the Timbers an early lead, but it wasn't enough as two second-half goals from the Rapids sealed the victory for the home side.
18' - GOAL (POR) - The Timbers jump on the board quickly as midfielder Sebastián Blanco cuts back by his defender and finishes a gorgeous shot that beats Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard into the upper right corner of the net.
39' - CHANCE (POR) - Blanco nearly gets his second, sending a wicked shot from distance towards goal that Tim Howard stretches out to parry away.
49' - CHANCE (POR) - After Blanco's effort on goal is saved by Tim Howard, Adi fights off his defender to pounce on the rebound, only to send his effort high of goal.
51' - GOAL (COL) - Rapids forward Dominique Badji equalizes the match at one goal apiece when he sends a delicate chip over the head of Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson who had come off of his line to break up the play.
59' - SAVE (POR) - Gleeson comes up with the huge reaction save to deny a point-blank header by Rapids forward Kevin Doyle.
74' - SAVE (POR) - Gleeson again is there to make a stop on Doyle, whose low effort the New Zealander parries away from goal.
89' - GOAL (COL) - Rapids substitute Alan Gordon rose up and sent a looping header over the outstretched arms of Jake Gleeson and into the back of the net to give the Rapids a late 2-1 lead.
The Timbers will travel to TCF Bank Stadium early next week to take on expansion side Minnesota United FC on Wednesday (5 p.m. PT, KPDX).
Portland Timbers (7-6-3, 24pts) vs. Colorado Rapids (5-8-1, 16 pts)
June 17, 2017 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Park (Commerce, Colo.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 1 0 1
Colorado Rapids 0 2 2
POR: Blanco (Valeri), 18
COL: Badji (Doyle), 51
COL: Gordon (Saied, Calvert), 89
POR: Valeri (Caution), 61
COL: Gordon (Caution), 90
Lineups & Stats:
POR: GK Gleeson, D Valentin (Powell, 80), D Olum, D Miller, D Vytas (Ebobisse, 90+1), M Nagbe, M Chara, M Asprilla (Okugo, 80), M Valeri ©, M Blanco, F Adi
Substitutes Not Used: GK Attinella, D Farfan, M Zemanski, M Arboleda
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Blanco, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Blanco, 3); FOULS: 10 (Asprilla, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 3
COL: GK Howard, D Hairston, D Sjoberg, D Ford, D da Fonte, M Saeid, M Azira, M Watts (Serna, 52), M Gatt (Gordon, 80), F Doyle, F Badji (Calvert, 72)
Substitutes Not Used: GK MacMath, D Williams, D Miller, M Powers, F Gordon
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Doyle, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Doyle, Badji 2); FOULS: 10 (da Fonte, Doyle, 2); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 4
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Jonathan Johnson
4th Official:Nima Saghafi
Weather: Cloudy, 67 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial