May 27, 2018 / 3:22 AM / a month ago

Armenteros scores twice as streaking Timbers top Rapids

Forward Samuel Armenteros scored two goals and the Portland Timbers extended their franchise-record winning streak to six matches with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night at Commerce City, Colo.

Diego Valeri also scored a goal and midfielder Sebastian Blanco contributed two assists for the Timbers (6-3-2). Goalkeeper Jeff Attinella had four saves for Portland, which won for just the second time in 11 all-time visits to Colorado.

The Rapids’ first tally was courtesy of an own goal on the part of Portland. Colorado forward Yannick Boli scored on a penalty kick in the ninth minute of second-half stoppage time, which proved to be the final play of the contest.

Boli also appeared to have scored in the 88th minute, but the goal was taken away by video review as Boli was ruled to have been offside.

The Rapids (2-7-2) have dropped six straight matches and have been outscored 15-4 during the stretch.

The slide is Colorado’s worst since a seven-game skid in 2014.

Armenteros scored his first goal in the 29th minute when he sent a left-footed shot from the right of the goal into the top center of the net to give Portland a 1-0 lead.

The Rapids tied it two minutes later on an own goal by Timbers defender Julio Cascante. Colorado midfielder Edgar Castillo tried to thread a pass to forward Dominique Badji in front of the goal but Cascante stuck his foot out in an attempt to break up the play and instead knocked the ball into the net.

Armenteros was back at it in the 37th minute as Portland took a 2-1 lead. Blanco sent a cross in toward the goal, and Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard deflected the ball with his right hand. The ball went directly to Armenteros, who used his chest to loft it over Howard and into the net.

Boli had a chance to tie the score in the 50th minute, but his diving header went over the goal.

The missed opportunity was magnified six minutes later when Blanco caught up to a loose ball near midfield and sped toward the Colorado goal on a 2-on-2 break. He delivered a stellar pass to his left to Valeri, who sent the right-footed shot past Howard and into the right corner of the net to give the Timbers a 3-1 lead.

Portland had a solid chance in the sixth minute, but a close-range right-footed shot by Valeri was stopped by Howard, who made two saves.

—Field Level Media

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