Valeri scores in 13th to lift Timbers past Rapids

11:00 PM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
Sep 20, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Colorado Rapids defender Shane O'Neill goes after a ball with Portland Timbers forward Maximiliano Urruti (37) during the first half of the game at Jeld-Wen Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Diego Valeri scored in the 13th minute and Donovan Ricketts earned his 10th shutout of the season, leading the Portland Timbers to a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Friday night.

Valeri scored for the third straight match as the Timbers (11-5-13) moved one point ahead of the Rapids (12-9-9) for third place in the Western Conference.

On the game's only scoring play, Rodney Wallace leapt to head a Colorado clearance back towards goal, and Valeri raced onto the loose ball and chipped a shot from 20 yards out over Rapids goalkeeper Clinton Irwin for his eighth goal of the season.

Colorado nearly tied it 25 minutes later, when Portland's Pa-Modou Kah and Mamadou Danso both missed on their attempts to clear a pass, allowing the ball to fall to Edson Buddle. However, the Rapids' forward could only manage to blast his shot off the goalpost.

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