The game in 100 words (or less): Foul. Foul. Foul. Yellow card. Foul. Foul. Foul. Yellow card. That was the first half, essentially. Both the Portland Timbers and Real Salt elected to play some actual soccer in the second half, and it turned out to be a pretty entertaining game. Everything was manufactured on the counter attack, and neither team looked anywhere mid-season form.
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Three moments that mattered
53′ — Rimando doing Rimando things — How many points has Nick Rimando singlehandedly (sometimes double-handedly, as he’s a goalkeeper) saved for RSL over the years? His save of Rodney Wallace’s shot from six yards out, through traffic was spectacular, but nothing beyond the norm for the greatest MLS ‘keeper of all-time.
80′ & 81′ — Adi and Garcia fire high after counters — Darlington Nagbe presented Fanendo Adi with a decent goalscoring opportunity on one end, while Javier Morales played the best ball you’ll see this weekend, splitting a half-dozen Timbers defense en route to Olmes Garcia at the top of the Portland penalty area. Garcia’s subsequent shot landed roughly 15 rows up at Providence Park.
90+3′ — Sheer madness in the RSL penalty area — How did the Timbers not score in the final seconds of this game. They got off three shots during a frantic penalty-area scramble that saw Rimando punch clear once, Chris Schuler block one and head clear at least twice. In the end, no dice for the Timbers, but oh so close in the final seconds.
Portland Timbers: Kwarasey, Powell, Borchers, Ridgewell, Villafaña, Jewsbury, Fochive (Nanchoff 86′), Asprilla (Fernandez 62′), Nagbe, Wallace, Adi (Urruti 82′)
Real Salt Lake: Rimando, Beltran, Olave, Schuler, Mansally, Beckerman, Gil (Sandoval 88′), Morales, Jaime (Mulholland 64′), Saborio, Garcia (Allen 81′)