Valeri does it again for Portland

[MLS: Sunday]  For the second week in a row, Diego Valeri scored a late winner to give the Portland Timbers a 3-2 win at the Montreal Impact. The win moved the Timbers to within a point of the Western Conference top five and back to the .500 mark. Portland is one of seven teams that are .500 or better in what is shaping up to be a wild Western Conference race. Just three Eastern Conference teams are .500 or better.

After a back-and-forth first half that ended 2-2, Valeri won the game in the 82nd minute. The goal wasn't as pretty as last week's golazo against Colorado but it was also from distance. An errant clearance by former Timber Mamadou Danso went straight to Valeri just outside the penalty area, where he fired a low shot that beat keeper Evan Bush.

The Impact's losing streak is now five games as it sits in the MLS basement, five points below the next team in the overall standings. Assistant Mauro Biello coached the Impact after head coach Frank Klopas was suspended for arguing with referee Drew Fischer after its 3-1 loss at Real Salt Lake on Thursday.

In Sunday's other game, FC Dallas extended its unbeaten streak to six games with a 2-2 tie at the Vancouver Whitecaps. The result left the 'Caps with one win in their last eight games.

Saturday ...

Sporting Kansas City extended its lead over D.C. United in the Eastern Conference to four points with a 2-1 win at Toronto FC on Jacob Peterson's goal with 10 minutes to play. The Columbus Crew climbed into a tie for third place with a victory by the same score at New England on a late goal by Ethan Finlay. The loss was the Revs' eighth straight and dropped them into sixth place.

Sporting KC won despite a red card to U.S. World Cup defender Matt Besler with 15 minutes to play for his second yellow card. Jackson put Toronto ahead in the 16th minute, but Sporting KC sent the sellout crowd home disappointed with goals by Graham Zusi and Peterson in the second half.

D.C. United, which has two games in hand on Sporting KC, was one of four MLS clubs playing English opposition on Saturday.

The Revs' defeat was their eighth straight, marking their longest losing streak in the post-shootout era in MLS (2000-present). A.J. Soares had evened the score after Federico Higuain had fired a curling free kick from just outside the area past Bobby Shuttleworth two minute before the break.

MLS WEEK 20: Schedule:
Sunday, July 27
Vancouver 2 FC Dallas 2.
VAN: Darren Mattocks (Gershon Koffie) 11
DAL: Blas Perez 29
DAL: Michel pen. 39
VAN: Pedro Morales pen. 53
Att.: 21,000.

Montreal 2 Portland 3.
MTL: Andres Romero (Justin Mapp) 13
POR: Maximiliano Urruti (Darlington Nagbe) 34
POR: Will Johnson pen. 40
MTL: Maxim Tissot (Patrice Bernier, Felipe Martins) 44
POR: Diego Valeri 82
Att.: 14,715.

Saturday, July 26
Toronto FC 1 Sporting KC 2.
TFC: Jackson (Dominic Oduro) 16
SKC: Graham Zusi 48
SKC: Jacob Peterson (Dominic Dwyer) 80
Red Card: SKC: Matt Besler 75.
Att.: 22,591.

New England 1 Columbus 2.
CLB: Federico Higuain 43
NE: A.J. Soares (Kelyn Rowe) 50
CLB: Ethan Finlay (Justin Meram) 84
Att.: 14,541.

Friday, July 25
Colorado 3 Chivas USA 0.
COL: Nick LaBrocca (Dillon Serna) 16
COL: Drew Moor (Dillon Powers) 26
COL: Gabriel Torres (Carlos Alvarez) 74
Att.: 14,652.

Thursday, July 24
Real Salt Lake 3 Montreal 1.
RSL Luke Mulholland (Chris Schuler) 3
MTL: Hassoun Camara (Calum Mallace) 31
RSL: Olmes Garcia (Javier Morales, Joao Plata) 70
RSL: Olmes Garcia (Javier Morales) 90+3
Red Card: MTL – Issey Nakajima-Farran 65.
Att.: 20,398.

Wednesday, July 23
San Jose 4 Chicago 1.
SJ: Shea Salinas (Yannick Djalo) 45
SJ: Atiba Harris 52
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Yannick Djalo) 62
CHI: Grant Ward (Matt Watson) 75
SJ: Yannick Djalo (Cordell Cato) 79
SJ: Cordell Cato (Chris Wondolowski, Yannick Djalo) 8

MLS Standings:
38 Sporting KC 11-5-5 31/19
34 D.C. United 10-5-4 29/20
26 Toronto FC 7-6-5 27/25
26 Columbus 6-7-8 25/27
24 New York 5-6-9 32/31
23 New England 7-11-2 25/33
23 Philadelphia 5-8-8 33/35
20 Chicago 3-5-11 27/33
19 Houston 5-11-4 22/40
14 Montreal 3-12-5 21/37

38 Seattle 12-4-2 35/24
32 Real Salt Lake 8-4-8 31/26
30 Colorado 8-6-6 31/24
30 FC Dallas 8-7-6 34/31
28 Vancouver 6-4-10 31/29
27 LA Galaxy 7-4-6 26/16
27 Portland 6-6-9 35/35
23 Chivas USA 6-9-5 21/33
20 San Jose 5-8-5 22/20
MLS: Leading Scorers
17 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
14 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
14 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
11 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
10 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
9 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
8 Obafemi Martins, Seattle
8 Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia
8 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake

MLS WEEK 21: Schedule:
Monday, July 28
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. LA Galaxy, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Wednesday, July 30
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Toronto FC, MLS LIVE
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Colorado, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. Vancouver
9 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. New York, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Friday, August 1
8 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia, NBCSN
Saturday, August 2
2:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Portland, NBC
5 pm ET
Montreal vs. Toronto FC
7 pm ET
New York vs. New England
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. Columbus
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. Real Salt Lake
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Seattle, NBCSN
Sunday, August 3
8 pm ET
Houston vs. D.C. United, UDN
10 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas

MLS WEEK 22: Schedule:
Wednesday, August 6  
9:30 pm ET
MLS All-Stars vs. Bayern Munich, ESPN2, UniMas
Friday, August 8   
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. San Jose, NBCSN
Saturday, August 9
7 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. Montreal
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Toronto FC
9 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Colorado
10 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. D.C. United
10:30 pm ET
Portland vs. Chivas USA
Sunday, August 10
8 pm ET
Chicago vs. New York, UDN
Vancouver vs. Sporting KC
10:30 pm ET
Seattle vs. Houston, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes

MLS WEEK 23: Schedule:
Friday, August 15
9 pm ET
Houston vs. Philadelphia, NBCSN
Saturday, August 16
2:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle, NBCSN
6:30 pm ET
Montreal vs. Chicago
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. LA Galaxy
New England vs. Portland
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Vancouver
San Jose vs. FC Dallas
Sunday, August 17
8 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Colorado, UDN
2 comments about "Valeri does it again for Portland".
  1. Garrett Isacco, July 28, 2014 at 9:28 a.m.

    I watched these games on MLS Direct Kick and I was disgusted by how bad the Portland announcers were. They didn't broadcast the game, they just sat there and openly rooted for Portland with no pretense of objectivity. Is the Portland audience that unsophisticated that they need a couple of "homers" to do their broadcasts. Announcers in other cities are much better. Columbus is as bad.

  2. David Sirias, July 28, 2014 at 12:48 p.m.

    Portland gave us John Strong, probably the best American soccer caller we have. Yes the current team is not that good, homerism, being only part of the problem. But if you are going to call out homers, then your are calling out more than half MLS home team broadcasts. Houston's PBP and color guy are far worse. Attributing fault of the broadcasters to any local fans is nonsense. What we as American fans want is the game to be called. Right now most broadcast teams ramble on about anectodes or things other than what is happening on the field. We don't necessarily want a Latin style of call where every touch is called by name. But we do want to know who is and is not influencing the game. Yet we don't necessarily want the British style of zero drama in PBP . I have heard Brits calling a goal like a baseball announcer calls a foul ball . Hopefully within a few years more John Strongs emerge from the American ranks who are intelligent, passionate and fairly neutral in their PBP calling. Like the players themselves, I think a truly American style of soccer will grow in the field and in the booth.

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