Next: Back-to-back rivalry games will have Seattle at Portland at 8 p.m. Friday and Portland at Seattle at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Sounders play host to Cardiff City of the English Coca-Cola Championship League at 7 tonight at Qwest Field.

Notes: The Timbers suffered their worst loss of the season, 4-0 at Atlanta on Saturday, and are 0-4-2 in league play since beating Minnesota on June 15. Portland isn't out of the playoff chase, though. Montreal, Vancouver and Rochester are well on the way to nailing down three of the six postseason berths. The Timbers (5-8-5, 20 points) look like one of seven teams battling for the other three spots. Seattle (5-8-4, 19) is in that mix, along with Charleston, Atlanta, Puerto Rico, Virginia Beach and Miami. … Lee Morrison is the only Timber who was played every minute, all 1,620 of them, this season.

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