PORTLAND — Sebastián Blanco scored on a first-half penalty kick, Jaroslaw Niezgoda added a brace in the second half and the Portland Timbers rolled to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.
Portland (4-6-7) didn’t grab the lead until Blanco’s PK score in the eighth minute of first-half stoppage time.
Niezgoda broke the game open with goals in the 54th and 62nd minutes. Bill Tuiloma picked up an assist on Niezgoda’s first score. Eryk Williamson notched an assist on Niezgoda’s second goal of the game and fifth of the season.
Colorado (5-7-4) and Portland both took 19 shots, but the Timbers had a 7-5 edge in shots on goal.
Aljaz Ivacic had four saves for Portland. William Yarbrough had four saves for the Rapids.
TIMBERS 3, RAPIDS 0
First Half—1, Portland, Blanco, 3 (penalty kick), 45th+8 minute.
Second Half—2, Portland, Niezgoda, 4 (Tuiloma), 54th; 3, Portland, Niezgoda, 5 (Williamson), 62nd.
Goalies—Colorado, William Yarbrough, Abraham Rodriguez; Portland, Aljaz Ivacic, David Bingham.
Yellow Cards—Chara, Portland, 27th; Yarbrough, Colorado, 45th+6; Esteves, Colorado, 84th; Toure, Colorado, 90th.
Referee—Rosendo Mendoza. Assistant Referees—Jeremy Kieso, Eduardo Jeff, Younes Marrakchi. 4th Official—Brandon Stevis.
Colorado—William Yarbrough (Abraham Rodriguez, 45th+7); Steven Beitashour, Keegan Rosenberry, Auston Trusty, Daniel Wilson; Michael Barrios (Max, 80th), Mark-Anthony Kaye (Lucas Esteves, 67th), Collen Warner; Jonathan Lewis (Yaya Toure, 89th), Diego Rubio, Gyasi Zardes.
Portland—Aljaz Ivacic; Claudio Bravo, Bill Tuiloma, Jose Van Rankin, Dario Zuparic; Sebastian Blanco (Zac McGraw, 83rd), Diego Chara (David Ayala, 89th), Santiago Moreno, Cristhian Paredes (Eryk Williamson, 21st); Yimmi Chara (Dairon Asprilla, 70th), Jaroslaw Niezgoda (Nathan, 83rd).