Valeri sets record, RSL beats Timbers 2-1




SANDY, Utah — Jefferson Savarino scored the go-ahead goal in the 61st minute and Real Salt Lake spoiled Diego Valeri’s record-setting Saturday night with a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers.

Valeri set an MLS record by scoring in his eighth consecutive match when he tied it at 1 on a header in the 47th minute.

Albert Rusnak opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a right-footed blast that powered through goalkeeper Jeff Attinella’s glancing deflection. Savarino bent a left-footed shot from the edge of 18-yard box into the upper left corner.

The Timbers (12-10-8) had their four-game unbeaten streak snapped but remained near the top of the Western Conference in a three-way tie for second place. RSL (11-14-5) jumped from ninth place into a tie for sixth and final playoff position.


Portland 0 1—1

Real Salt Lake 1 1—2

First half—1, Real Salt Lake, Rusnak 7 (Silva), 14th minute.

Second half—2, Portland, Valeri 18 (Asprilla), 47th. 3, Real Salt Lake, Savarino 5 (Rusnak), 61st.

Goalies—Portland, Jeff Attinella, Jake Gleeson; Real Salt Lake, Nick Rimando, Matt Van Oekel.

Yellow Cards—Beckerman, Real Salt Lake, 68th; Nagbe, Portland, 70th; Movsisyan, Real Salt Lake, 87th.

Referee—Robert Sibiga. Assistant Referees—Kevin Klinger, Michael Kampmeinert. 4th Official—Ricardo Salazar.

A—19,677 (21,030)


Portland—Jeff Attinella; Larrys Mabiala, Roy Miller, Liam Ridgewell (Vytautas Andriuskevicius, 76th), Zarek Valentin; Sebastian Blanco, David Guzman (Lawrence Olum, 81st), Darlington Nagbe, Diego Valeri; Dairon Asprilla, Darren Mattocks (Jeremy Ebobisse, 75th).

Real Salt Lake—Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Justen Glad, Marcelo Silva; Danilo Acosta, Kyle Beckerman, Luke Mulholland, Albert Rusnak, Jefferson Savarino (David Horst, 90th), Luis Silva (Yura Movsisyan, 58th); Joao Plata (Brooks Lennon, 75th).