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Second-half surge leads Timbers past Whitecaps (video)

SOCCER: JUL 27 MLS - LA Galaxy at Portland Timbers

PORTLAND, OR - JULY 27: Portland Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse scores the fourth and final goal during the Portland Timbers 4-0 victory over the LA Galaxy at Providence Park, on July 27, 2019, in Portland, OR (Photo by Diego G Diaz/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images).

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The game in 200 words (or less): Despite the Portland Timbers only sitting at eighth in the Western Conference, polls point to Giovanni Savarese’s side as one of the clear favorites to clinch playoffs. Saturday’s 3-1 performance against Cascadia rival - along with data referring to season’s prior - tells us exactly why that is the case.

With a home-heavy schedule ahead, the Timbers are in the ideal position to continue surging. Time will tell if that happens, or if they decide to take the Caps’ route, one rooted on routine, lackluster results.

Three moments that mattered

38′ — Bair’s sublime first career goal —

There are very first career goals that will top Theo Bair’s - it’s inimitable.

Unfortunately for the Caps Homegrown, his special night didn’t go as planned, at least on a team-wide level. Vancouver has now lost 12 times in 2019, third most in the league.

55′ — Loria contributes a screamer of his own —

It was the night of must-see goals, and Marvin Loria made sure to contribute.

The Costa Rican winger, who has seen inconsistent playing time, is going to make selection difficult for Savarese when they take on Chicago midweek. Let the competition begin.

90′ — Ebobisse puts the game to rest —

In a rivalry, one must always find a way to edge the competitor, even if you have the game in the bag. Jeremy Ebobisse and his teammates, apparently, understand and live by the concept.