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Portland mascot Timber Joey had plenty to cheer about
In what would prove to be the biggest upset of the weekend, and the biggest win in the history of the Portland Timbers young franchise, the expansion team beat the favorite by a score of 1-0.
Real Salt Lake entered the game just days after losing an emotional match to Monterrey in the final leg of the CONCACAF Champions League.
Due to having just played on Wednesday, RSL started several reserve players to give the regular starters a much needed break. They played flat for much of the match.
Despite what Real Salt Lake did, give the credit to the Timbers. They played well all night and had several good scoring chances.
The only goal of the night was scored on a crossing ball from Timber midfielder Kalif Alhassan who found the foot of Kenny Cooper in front of the net. Cooper easily directed the ball into the goal.
Real Salt Lake had several chances as well, and kept possession for most of the second half, when the Timbers looked content to settle in a play a defensive match. The strategy worked, and the Timbers earned the first clean sheet in their history.
The loss by Real Salt Lake ended an 18-game unbeaten streak overall, and a nine-game unbeaten streak on the road.
The Timbers moved to fifth place in the Western Conference with 10 points.
Portland: Kenny Cooper (Third of season) 22'
Portland: Jeremy Hall (Caution; Reckless Tackle) 72'