The Portland Timbers lost 2-1 to Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri scored a goal in his eighth-straight match (and his 18th overall), setting a new MLS record.
The result keeps the Timbers in second place in the Western Conference (44 points, 12-10-8), just one point behind leaders Vancouver Whitecaps FC (45 points, 13-9-6). After their two game road trip, the Timbers will now return to Providence Park where they will play host to Orlando City SC on Sunday, September 23 (5:00pm PT, FS1).
4' - CHANCE - Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco puts a shot from distance just wide of Rimando's goal.
14' - GOAL - Real Salt Lake - After a Timbers giveaway in midfield, Salt Lake's Albert Rusnak gave his team the 1-0 lead, taking on two defenders and teeing off a hard shot from distance to beat Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella.
30' - SAVE - Attinella smartly positions himself in the path of Luis Silva, making a huge point-blank save to keep the score at 1-0.
38' - CHANCE - Diego Valeri receives a pinpoint pass across the face of goal and puts a strong one-time shot that Rimando dives to save. Midfielder Dairon Asprilla gets to the rebound but puts it wide.
47' - GOAL - Portland Timbers - Diego Valeri scores in his eighth straight match -- a new MLS record -- to even the game up at 1-1! He scores, unmarked, on a header off an assist by Asprilla. With 18 goals on the season, Valeri is now tied for first in the MLS Golden Boot chase with NYCFC striker David Villa.
61' - GOAL - Real Salt Lake - RSL go back up 2-1 after Jefferson Savarino puts a superb strike past Attinella.
69' - CHANCE - David Guzman sends a curling free kick from deep just high and wide of Rimando's goal.
72' - SAVE - Big save from Jeff Attinella to deny Joao Plata 1v1 to keep the Timbers within striking distance.
85' - CHANCE - Valeri tries for a second, but his free kick is smartly saved by Nick Rimando.
Portland Timbers (12-10-8, 44pts) vs. Real Salt Lake (11-14-5, 38pts)
Sept. 16, 2017 – Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, Utah)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 0 1 1
Real Salt Lake 1 1 2
RSL: Rusnak, 14
POR: Valeri (Asprilla), 47
RSL: Savarino (Rusnak), 61
RSL: Beckerman (Caution), 68
POR: Nagbe (Caution), 70
RSL: Movsisyan (Caution), 87
Lineups & Stats:
POR: GK Attinella, D Valentin, D Mabiala, D Ridgewell © (Vytas, 74), D Miller, M Guzmán (Olum, 80), M Nagbe, M Asprilla, M Valeri ©, M Blanco, F Mattocks (Ebobbise, 74)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Gleeson, M Arboleda, M Barmby, M Zemanski
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Valeri, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Valeri, 3); FOULS: 9 (Three players, 2); OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 2
RSL: GK Rimando, D Acosta, D Glad, D Silva, D Beltran, M Rusnak, M Beckerman, M Mullholland, F Savarino (Horst, 89), F Silva (Movsisyan, 58), F Plata (Lennon, 74)
Substitutes Not Used: GK VanOekel, D Wingert, M Stephen, M Saucedo
TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Plata, 8); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Four players tied, 1); FOULS: 13 (Four players tied, 4); OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 0
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Assistant Referees: Kevin Klinger, Mike Kampmeinert
4th Official: Ricardo Salazar
VAR: Dave Gantar
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 58 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.