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Timbers down Atlanta 2-1; 3rd straight win in playoff fight

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Santiago Moreno and Dairon Asprilla each scored on penalty kicks and the Portland Timbers won their third straight match with a 2-1 victory over Atlanta United on Sunday.

The Timbers are simply above the playoff line in the Western Conference, among a crowd of teams vying for a postseason berth because the season winds to a detailed. Portland has just four games remaining.

Josef Martinez scored for Atlanta, that was below the line in 11th invest the Eastern Conference standings. It had been Uniteds first loss to Portland, after going undefeated in the last four meetings.

They still have talented players, but today we did an extremely good job on defense, and going on the attack, Timbers midfielder Diego Chara said.

Sebastian Blanco nearly scored for Portland on a free of charge activate the 23rd minute, but his shot from an angle went just above the crossbar.

Atlantas Luis Arujo had a point-blank shot stopped by Timbers goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic in the 31st.

Moreno, who was simply brought down in the box, converted on his penalty in the 38th minute, burying his attempt in the very best left corner. Asprilla added another goal on a penalty in the 82nd.

Martinez, who leads Atlanta with eight goals, started on the bench but was another half substitution and scored in the 88th minute. United goalkeeper Raul Gudino made his first MLS begin in goal.

Atlanta put just two shots on goal because the teams likelihood of making the playoffs were slipping away.

After all, obviously, right now, right after the overall game, Im frustrated, Im upset, Atlanta coach Gonzalo Pineda said. Its normal once you dont obtain the results. But obviously, we dont gain anything from that. We have to overcome this part, make an effort to analyze the overall game, try to start to see the next idea this in a few days how exactly we can approach that and how exactly we can perform it better?

The Timbers were without head coach Giovanni Savarese and defender Eryk Williamson due to yellow card accumulation. Portland was coming off a midweek 2-1 victory over Austin.

I thought we turn off an extremely dangerous team, assistant coach Carlos Llamosa said.

Atlanta fell to the Philadelphia Union 4-1 on Wednesday night. United has five games left in the standard season.

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