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Rapids have little trouble with Timbers

Early flurry sinks Portland's hopes in MLS debut
by: MICHAEL MARTIN The Portland Timbers' starting lineup poses before kickoff Saturday night in the club's inaugural MLS game at Colorado.

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - The Colorado Rapids defeated the Portland Timbers in dominating fashion Saturday night, spoiling the visiting club's MLS debut with a 3-1 victory at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Colorado, the defending league champion, buried the Timbers with goals in the eighth, 29th and 30th minutes, before the expansion team was able to shore up somewhat defensively.

Kenny Cooper scored in the 80th minute for Portland, as his free kick from 30 yards bounced off a Rapids player in the defensive wall and got past goalie Matt Pickens.

Omar Cummings led Colorado with a goal and an assist in the season opener for both teams.

The Rapids led 8-1 in shots on goal and 8-1 on corner kicks before a crowd announced as 17,139.