Three Takeaways from Portland's late win over Colorado to reach the Western Conference Final | MLSSoccer.com

Three Takeaways from Portland's late win over Colorado to reach the Western Conference Final | MLSSoccer.com

After the first Thanksgiving match in MLS history, we can safely say that the Portland Timbers are not getting invited back to the Colorado Rapids’ next Turkey Day gathering. The Rose City gang well and truly ruined an otherwise lovely-looking holiday afternoon at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Larrys Mabiala’s scrappy late winner producing a vintage Gio Savarese smash-and-grab away job to knock off the Western Conference’s top seed. Here’s three observations from their 1-0 triumph. The Rapids embraced the opportunity to host this unprecedented occasion, with a big crowd flocking to DSGP under the late-fall sunshine, and the home team greeted them with a vibrant start, locking Portland in their own end and creating a flurry of scoring chances in the first half-hour. Austin Trusty thumped a corner-kick header just …
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