The Portland Timbers punched their ticket to the Western Conference last with a 1-0 MLS Cup Playoffs win away at the Colorado Rapids on Thursday.

Major League Soccer’s first-ever Thanksgiving match wasn’t the all-action occasion numerous had actually wished for, with the 2 defenses triumphing.

Still, both sides had opportunities to bind the video game prior to Larrys Mabiala’s 90th-minute winner. Cole Bassett, Auston Trusty, and Dom Badji all missed out on opportunities for Colorado in the very first half.

Yimmi Chara stopped working to turn the ball house at the far post for the Timbers in the 2nd half, 20 minutes after Josecarlos Van Rankin had an effort cleared off the line by Danny Wilson.

After knocking out the front runner in the West, Portland now wait for the winner of the other Western Conference semi-final as Sporting Kansas City hosts Real Salt Lake. An SKC win would see the Timbers go on the roadway as soon as again, while they’d host RSL at Providence Park.

Here are the complete gamer rankings from Colorado Rapids 0-1 Portland Timbers:

Goalkeeper and protectors

Will Yarbrough (GK) – 6 – Wasn’t extremely worked however handled whatever that came his method with ease. Could do little about Mabiala’s winner.

Lalas Abubakar (CB) – 8 – The Timbers attempted to get in down Abubakar’s side on a variety of celebrations however he stood high to the difficulty with some especially remarkable individually safeguarding. One criticism? He appeared to invest far excessive time entering into needless spats with Timbers gamers.

Danny Wilson (CB) – 9 – Kept the Rapids alive with a substantial goalline clearance in the 65th minute and was a giant at the back throughout.

Auston Trusty (CB) – 6 – Should have actually opened the scoring inside 6 minutes with a totally free header from a corner. Made up for that miss out on with some exceptional safeguarding, while he showed a useful passing outlet as the Rapids made use of the left flank. Will regrettably take a few of the blame for the choosing objective.

Wing-backs and midfielders

Keegan Rosenberry (RWB) – 5 – Nowhere near as active as Kellyn Acosta on the other flank however had a number of appealing minutes. Fired a shot simply over the bar quickly prior to the half-hour mark and safeguarded all right till the objective. He does not get all the blame, however he didn’t cover himself in magnificence.

Cole Bassett (CM) – 6 – Had one good opportunity in the very first half, dancing through the Timbers defense prior to striking straight at Steve Clark. Faded quickly after the break and was an apparent prospect to be changed in favor of fresh legs.

Jack Price (CM) – 8 – Another set-piece masterclass from Price, who was nearly perfect with the ball at his feet as soon as again.

Kellyn Acosta (LWB) – 8 – Was conveniently the Rapids’ finest outlet from open play, charging up and down the left flank with limitless reserves of energy. Created 3 opportunities and locked things up at the other end of the pitch, too.

Attacking midfielders and striker

Diego Rubio (WEBCAM) – 7 – Tested the Portland backline with some direct running, and put lots of tough lawns in when the ball was turned over. Replaced by Namli simply after the hour mark to refresh things up.

Mark-Anthony Kaye (WEBCAM) – 6 – Not his finest day, however Kaye had a number of excellent minutes and put in a tremendous quantity of work. Had to be withdrawn to keep energy levels high.

Dominique Badji (ST) – 6 – Had to deal with restricted service however was a ready runner and required a great save from Clark quickly prior to half-time. Replaced by Michael Barrios as Fraser sought to alter the technique.


Younes Namli (for Rubio, 66 minutes) – 4 – Was not able to open the Timbers defense like we understand he can.

Michael Barrios (for Badji, 75 minutes) – 4 – Lost the ball excessive and didn’t inject any life into the video game as anticipated.

Jonathan Lewis (for Bassett, 75 minutes) – 2 – In 15 minutes on the pitch, he stopped working to touch the ball at all.

Braian Galvan (for Kaye, 82 minutes) – 4 – Getting Asprilla sent was his only significant contribution.

Goalkeeper and protectors

Steve Clark (GK) – 9 – Was truthfully the very best gamer throughout the 90 minutes with a variety of huge conserves. Played the pantomime bad guy function remarkably with some time-wasting in the 2nd half, which actually got under the skin of the Rapids faithful.

Josecarlos Van Rankin (RB) – 5 – Had a bumpy ride up versus Acosta and missed out on a substantial opportunity to put the Timbers in front in the 65th minute.

Larrys Mabiala (CB) – 9 – Made 9 clearances at one end and scored the last-minute winner at the other. A big efficiency from Mabiala, who was the hero of the hour for the Timbers.

Dario Zuparic (CB) – 8 – Came up with some substantial blocks and interceptions which eventually showed important thanks to Mabiala’s late winner.

Claudio Bravo (POUND) – 7 – Had a much easier night defensively than Van Rankin, which permitted him the flexibility to press forward and end up being a problem in the last 3rd.

Diego Chara (CM) – 7 – Showed all of his experience, relaxing the Timbers down when things got hard and kick-starting counter-attacks when the Rapids opened themselves up.

Cristhian Paredes (CM) – 6 – A number of appealing minutes on the ball and put in lots of protective work.

Attacking midfielders and forwards

Yimmi Chara (RW) – 5 – Was pinned back rather by Acosta’s driving runs forward. Missed a huge opportunity at the far post in the 84th minute however it wasn’t too pricey in the end.

Sebastian Blanco (WEBCAM) – 5 – A long-range effort that went simply over the bar had to do with as excellent as it got for Blanco, who was absolutely dispatched by the Rapids’ defense. Came off in the 52nd minute with what seemed a pulled hamstring. The tears inform you all you require to understand about the prospective intensity of the injury – you definitely dislike to see it.

Dairon Asprilla (LW) – 6 – Actually had a respectable video game, driving at the Rapids backline and providing a couple of unsafe crosses. But will now miss out on the Western Conference last thanks to an absurd red card at the end.

Jaroslaw Niezgoda (ST) – 3 – Totally non-existent in the very first half. His finest minute followed the break, laying it off to Van Rankin, whose effort was cleared off the line. Even then, the Polish striker needs to have taken the shot on himself considering he remained in the six-yard box.


Santiago Moreno (for Blanco, 52 minutes) – 6 – An excellent 38-minute cameo from Moreno, who produced a number of opportunities and made 3 interceptions.

Felipe Mora (for Niezgoda, 67 minutes) – 6 – Was an even more efficient frontman than Niezgoda regardless of not handling to test Yarbrough himself.

Marvin Loria (for Y. Chara, 95 minutes) – N/A – Brought on right at the end to diminish the clock.

George Fochive (for Paredes, 96 minutes) – N/A – His 2 touches of the ball were clearances.

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