Terrible Timbers Tumble (Again)
The woeful Portland Timbers proved once again to be the salve to whatever ails the Colorado Rapids.
The Timbers came to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City on Wednesday night and fell flat in a 3-0 drubbing. This scoreline was the same as the one that Portland suffered when last visiting Colorado at the end of June, and came five days after the Timbers beat the Rapids 1-0 in Portland.
To put the game in perspective, the Rapids have beaten only one other team besides Portland since May 26. It has been that sort of season.
On this night, however, the disaster of the 2012 season was somewhat mitigated by the visitors. Andre Akpan scored his second career goal and first of the season off an assist from Drew Moor and Tony Cascio in the 6th minute.
The Rapids doubled the lead in the 27th minute when Jaime Castrillon found Cascio, who took two attempts to beat Donovan Ricketts.
The Rapids were then content to sit back and let the Timbers, whose modest two-game winning streak had pulled them out of the Western Conference basement, try to beat them. Portland wasn’t able to get a breakthrough, and Castrillon delivered the final blow with an 86th minute goal off another assist from Moor and Kamani Hill.
With the win, the Rapids improved to 9-17-2 and moved out of the conference cellar. Portland fell to 7-14-6.
The Rapids now have nine days off to calculate the team’s mathematical probability of making the playoffs before facing the LA Galaxy in Carson, Calif., on Sept. 14.