PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) - Diego Valeri scored in the 13th minute to lead the Portland Timbers to a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer on Friday.
Valeri chipped a shot over Rapids goalkeeper Clinton Irwin from 20 yards out to score for the third consecutive match and for the eighth time this season.
The Timbers significantly boosted their playoff chances with the win, vaulting past the Rapids and the Los Angeles Galaxy into third place in the Western Conference standings.
Portland now leads Colorado by one point and Los Angeles by two. The top five teams in each conference advance to the playoffs.
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