Timbers keep rolling with 3-0 win

Portland overcomes weather and San Jose at Providence Park
Staff Report
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The season just keeps getting brighter for the Portland Timbers, whether the weather cooperates or not.

Behind a brace from Jaroslaw Niezgoda and a stellar performance from its defense, the Timbers beat visiting San Jose 3-0 Sunday for their fifth-straight win in MLS play.

Portland stayed even with Seattle atop the Western Conference standings through 16 matches, and produced a shutout for the third time in four matches.

Following a 1-1 draw with the Earthquakes on Sept. 16, the Timbers are 6-1-1 in their last eight matchs, and have outscored their opponents 21-10 - with four of those opponents' goals in a 4-2 loss at LAFC, Sept. 13.

Portland returns to action Wednesday at Real Salt Lake, which is nursing a three-match losing streak.

Felipe Mora's goal in the 86th minute off a brilliant cross from Diego Chara gave him seven goals for the season, matching both Diego Valeri and Jeremy Ebobisse for the team lead. Portland is the lone team in the league with three players having scored seven goals this year. Niezgoda improved his total to five goals.