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Rapids beat Timbers 2-0, clinch playoff berth

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Portland Timbers forward Yimmi Chara (23) moves the ball against Colorado Rapids defender Keegan Rosenberry (2) during an MLS soccer match Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Commerce City, Colo.
Portland Timbers forward Yimmi Chara (23) moves the ball against Colorado Rapids defender Keegan Rosenberry (2) during an MLS soccer match Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Photo Gallery

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Dominique Badji and Diego Rubio each scored a goal and Braian Galván had two assists to help the Colorado Rapids beat the Portland Timbers 2-0 and clinch a playoff spot on Saturday night.

Galván lofted an entry pass from the corner to Badji, who bounced a header into the net from 6-yards out to open the scoring in first-half stoppage time. On the counter-attack in the 63rd minute, Galván brought down a pass from midfield with his chest and then chipped a half-volley toward the penalty spot where Rubio slipped a header inside the post to give Colorado (15-6-10) a 2-0 lead.

William Yarbrough had four saves for the Rapids and his 12 shutouts this season are second most in MLS, one fewer than Nashville’s Joe Willis.

Portland (14-13-4) has lost three straight following a eight-game unbeaten streak that included seven wins.

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