Next: New England, 7:30 tonight, Jeld-Wen Field

Standings: Portland is third in the MLS Western Conference. FC Dallas leads with 20 points in nine games. Los Angeles has 14 points in seven games, Portland 13 points in eight games, Chivas USA 11 points in eight games, Real Salt Lake 11 points in nine games, San Jose 10 points in nine games, Vancouver nine points in eight games, Colorado nine points in nine games and Seattle five points in six games.

Inquiry: A unidentified Timbers player was questioned by authorities after an incident involving a woman early Sunday morning in Kansas City, where Portland played last weekend.

The team's first media availability since then was on Tuesday, and the club requested that no questions be asked about the incident.

"If you have a soccer question, I'll answer it," coach Caleb Porter said.

No limits: Porter, in his first MLS season, has repeatedly talked about the potential of the revamped roster in its new system. The players have responded with a six-match unbeaten streak, with only one loss in eight outings (2-1 to Montreal in the second game).

"I'm not going to limit the ceiling" on the team, Porter says, adding, "We're just scratching the surface. … My experience tells me we have a lot of upside, individually and collectively."

{img:12436}Restraint: Defender Michael Harrington says the Timbers aren't getting carried away because of their good start.

"We don't want to get too high," he says. "There are a ton of games (26 in the regular season) left."

Porter says the team is "grounded" and "humble," and will "stay hungry" and "keep fighting."

"We're not going to think we've arrived and stop progressing and working," he says.

Aggressive: Portland's first road victory of 2013 came last Sunday, 3-2 at Sporting Kansas City.

"We didn't steal the result by sitting back. We got the result by attacking and pressing, being aggressive and pro-active," Porter says. "We learned that we have a good team capable of getting a result home and away against anybody … not hope to win, but expect to win."

Ready for more: The Timbers play at Dallas on Wednesday, then play host to Chivas USA on May 12.

"We're a fit team," Harrington says, "so we'll be ready to go, physically and psychologically."

Stephen Alexander

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