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Long, slow applause for Portland Timbers; first road win in Caleb Porter era comes in Kansas City

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Was Saturday’s win at Sporting Kansas City the best win in Portland Timbers history?

The have certainly been more emotional achievements, like the club’s debut MLS win and some noted victories over Pacific Northwest rivals. Those were sweet, eh, ye Timbers Army?

But the first road win in Caleb Porter’s still-young tenure as Timbers manager is certainly a signature achievement for the Oregon club.

Sporting Kansas City led the Eastern Conference coming into Saturday’s contest in the Midwest, one of the highlight matches of Major League’s Soccer’s 9th Round of matches. Porter’s Timbers had come close to grabbing that first road win, but did find their way to draws in the last three tests away from Jeld-Wen Field.

Porter and the Timbers billed this one as a test of how far the team had come this year – light years, surely, ahead of last year’s disheveled state. Then again, you need results to prove it.

That’s why Saturday’s 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City must feel phenomenal. Not only was Sporting Kansas City an Eastern Conference favorite and current leader, winning inside Sporting Park has never been an easy thing. This is just the sixth time in 38 matches that Sporting KC has lost inside its gleaming, high-tech facility.

Said Timbers forward Rodney Wallace of the road accomplishment: “It finally came, and it’s really good. Everybody came out and put in a good shift. … It proves we can go into any field and play the same game as we play at home.”

With RSL’s loss Saturday (and pending the late Chivas USA result), Portland finds itself in third place in the West. Not bad for a team yet to make the MLS playoffs.

Hilarious “Friends” spoof video ‘starring’ Messi, Ronaldo (video)

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Given the rivalry surrounding the two megawatt superstars plying their trade in Spain, you may be surprised to learn that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best of friends.

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At least that’s what this spoof video conveys, as the Real Madrid and Barcelona stars help each other navigate tax season and toilet troubles.

Brilliant stuff, from FootbOle:

Top USMNT-Mexico moments: Looking back ahead of Saturday

PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25:  Landon Donovan #10 of United States celebrates his goal with teammates Carlos Bocanegra #3 and Alejandro Bedoya #22  against Mexico during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship at the Rose Bowl on June 25, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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You could argue its the biggest match between the U.S. and Mexico outside of the 2002 World Cup’s Round of 16, and there would be few arguments against you.

The United States and Mexico will tangle on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, with the winner advancing to the 2017 Confederations Cup finals in Russia.

It’s only so often that these rivals match up in a “do or die” match. Sure World Cup qualifiers carry critical import, but they don’t always become the decisive moment in the qualifying cycle.

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Aside from the aforementioned World Cup match and the first match in the rivalry — see 1934 below — no other match has carried as much international weight as Saturday.

So with anticipation high, let’s dance backward in time to the Yanks’ best moments in the rivalry. And let’s also imagine what would have to happen to put Saturday in the mix.

(Of course, our apologies to Mexican fans. We aren’t including the times you slapped American soccer in the face).

2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 — “Dos a Cero” to the fourth power

There is no more celebrated score line in USMNT history than the 2-0 hurting it put on Mexico in four successive home World Cup qualifiers.

2002 — World Cup Round of 16

Goals from Brian McBride and Landon Donovan prodded an upset of the world’s then-No. 7 ranked nation, as the USMNT carried a feel of destiny through its best World Cup.

1934 — World Cup qualifier

Aldo Donnelli scored all four goals as the States won the first recorded match against Mexico, and it was a big one. The winner would go on to the 1934 tournament in Italy, while the loser would go on a tour of European friendlies. The States won, and wouldn’t win again until the qualifiers for the 1982 tournament.

2012 — First win at Azteca

It may’ve been a friendly, but Michael Orozco’s finish will go down as the Yanks’ first ever winner in the fortress of Mexico City.

1980 — World Cup qualifier

Though it meant little to the Yanks’ fate in the 1982 tournament — the U.S. finished last in a group with Mexico and Canada — it was the first win over El Tri in 46 years.