Timbers dismantle Rapids
After a couple early threats by Colorado, Portland clamps down and handles the Rapids 3-0 in front of a sold-out crown at JELD-WEN Field.
Timbers were the technically superior team Sunday evening, and they used that advantage to improve their record to 7-1-9 on the season and extend their franchise-best unbeaten streak to 15 games.
Colorado dominated Portland in shots, 18 to 6, but only two were on frame and neither found the back of the net.
The Timbers meanwhile were efficient with their looks. The first good look came in the 12th minute when a Rodney Wallace cross was hammered in by a Piquionne header.
The goal was the franchise's 100th in MLS history.
Portland would double their lead minutes before the half, when (again) Rodney Wallace found Will Johnson in the box who slotted it home. Johnson's goal was his 6th of the season, the most of any Timbers player.
Colorado never threatened any comeback in the second half, but Ryan Johnson put the final nail in the coffin in the 84th minute to give the Timbers a 3-0 lead.
With the three points from today's victory, Portland now sits tied atop the Western Conference standings with 30 points.
With the shutout, it's now been 570 minutes since Donovan Ricketts and the Timbers defense has allowed a goal at JELD-WEN Field.
Portland is in action next on Wednesday when they continue US Open Cup play against FC Dallas. Their next MLS action is July 7th, against Columbus.