Timbers stymie TFC's playoff chase despite Altidore's return

Diego Chara scored his first goal of the season in the 64th minute and the Portland Timbers went on to snap a four-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC on Wednesday night.

Portland's skid, which followed a 15-game unbeaten streak, was the Timbers' longest since they lost five straight in July 2012.

Chara scored his last goal in March 2017 and has eight goals since joining the team its inaugural MLS year in 2011.

Midfielder David Guzman, who played for Costa Rica in the World Cup this summer, added a goal for Portland in the 83rd minute. It was his second of the season.

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Toronto falls to Portland 2-0, remains 6 points out of a playoff spot. 1:14

The game marked the return of Jozy Altidore after a two-game suspension following a red card against New York City FC on Aug. 12. Originally a one-game suspension for kicking NYCFC defender Alexander Callens, MLS later added a second game.

The Reds were coming off a much-needed 3-1 victory at home against Montreal last weekend. The defending MLS Cup champions remain below the line for playoff contention in the Eastern Conference.

The Timbers, too, had dropped out of the playoff picture in the West after losing 1-0 at home to the at home to the rival Seattle Sounders on Sunday. But the victory over the Reds moved Portland back above the line in fifth place.

The game was scoreless in the opening half, although the Timbers outshot the Reds 7-4 and dominated possession. Toronto had the best chance of the half in the 10th minute, but Lucas Janson's shot from close range hit the right post.

Toronto goalkeeper Clint Irwin dove to save Sebastian Blanco's left-footed blast shot in the 57th, but it nearly rebounded into the net off defender Justin Morrow.


Chara finally broke through in the 64th minute off a cross from Blanco. Afterward the Timbers Army supporters' group chanted his name.

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