Timbers continue playoff push

Portland's big win Friday sparks second-half optimism
July 21, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

After a disappointing first half of the Major League Soccer season, the Portland Timbers reached a measure of satisfaction Friday with a pair of second-half goals that resulted in a huge win - at home.

While most teams, in every sport, feature better records at home, the Timbers have struggled throughout the season with home games, where sold-out crowds have watched as they've rallied to simply tie games.

Friday, though, the Timbers rallied from a deficit, and then won on a pair of memorable goals that boosted the team to a record of two wins, two losses and seven draws at Providence Park.

Overall, the team is 5-6-9, 24 points with 14 games left in the regular season. Portland sits in seventh place in the nine team Western Conference, but is just one win from reaching fourth place and a playoff spot.

Sunday, they play host to Montreal at 5 p.m. The Impact sits in 10th place in the Eastern Conference at 3-10-5, 18 points, and has been outscored by 13 goals on the season.

Portland then heads to Los Angeles for an Aug. 2 game against the Galaxy, which is 7-4-6, 27 points. The game will be televised by NBC at 11:30 a.m.