Portland Timbers control destiny for No. 1 seed after win vs. Vancouver


After allowing two consecutive stoppage time equalizers last month, the Portland Timbers (11-5-5) have won two games in a row, getting back on track.

The latest victory came Sunday evening with a 1-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8-14-0) at Providence Park. 

With the victory, the Timbers can control its destiny for the first seed in the Western Conference. If they win the club's remaining two games, Portland will hold home-field advantage throughout the Western Conference Playoffs. 

That can change if some rescheduled games cannot be made up due to COVID-19 as the MLS is using points-per-game to determine standings. 

Portland scored its lone goal in the 61st minute when Jorge Villafaña assisted a Yimmi Charà goal which ended up being the game-winner.

However, disaster struck in stoppage time when both Diego Valeri and Jaroslaw Niezgoda laid on the pitch for minutes while the Timbers medical staff looked at them.

Niezgoda was taken off on a stretcher and sent into the locker room. Valeri walked off under his own power. Both players were substituted out of the match. 

Next, Portland hosts the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday, November 4th at 7:00 p.m. PT at Providence Park.