Saborio's Hat Trick sinks Timbers
July 7, 2012, 8:42 pm
For the first 60 minutes of the game against Real Salt Lake, the Timbers looked like the team that came out energized and aggressive against San Jose on Tuesday.
Unfortunately for the Timbers, matches last 90 minutes.
Even with the insertion of newly-acquired Kosuke Kimura to bolster the team's defense, the floodgates opened in the second half for Real Salt Lake.
In the 60th minute, Alvaro scored what would be the first of his three goals in the game, and things began to spiral out of control for the Timbers.
Only two minutes later, another Saborio header found its way past Troy Perkins and all of a sudden the Timbers were down 2-0.
Clearly shaken by the two quick goals, the Timbers looked flat and demoralized the last half hour of the match.
Despite no threat of a comeback, Real Salt Lake tacked on an extra goal in the 75th just for good measure.
Once again, it was Saborio who found the back of the net, this time on a penalty kick after a Diego Chara handball in the box.
Chara was subsequently handed a red card, and the Timbers were forced to play man down the rest of the match.
With the loss, Portland remains winless on the road and fall to 0-6-2 outside the friendly confines of Jeld-Wen Field.
After three games in eight days, the Timbers now get a week off and don't resume action until Saturday when they host the Los Angeles Galaxy.