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Timbers' win streak ends

Columbus Crew 1, Portland Timbers 0

Sunday afternoon at Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

THE STORY

The Portland Timbers' 15-game MLS unbeaten streak came to an end. Their last loss came on March 9 at home to Montreal.

The Columbus Crew needed only five minutes to score, and Portland couldn't recover, as the Timbers suffered their first road loss of the season (2-1-7 away record).

WHAT IT MEANS

The Timbers are still in the running for first place in the MLS Western Conference and battling for the best record in the league.

Portland has 30 points and a 7-2-9 record. The Timbers are tied for third in the MLS West with the Los Angeles Galaxy, who have 30 points in one more game (9-7-3). Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas are 1-2 in the West, each with 19 games played. RSL is 10-5-4 (34 points), Dallas is 8-4-7 (31). Vancouver is fifth with 29 points in 18 games and an 8-5-5 mark. Then comes Colorado at 27 points in 20 matches (7-7-6).

ATTENDANCE

15,051

NOTES

• Bernardo Anor got the goal for Columbus, heading in a corner kick that found him about five yards from goal.

• The Crew ended a three-game losing streak.

• The Timbers played the final 78 minutes with 10 men, after a red card was issued to defender Pa-Modou Kah, who fouled Crew foward Aaron Schoenfeld in the penalty box.

Federico Higuain, whose corner had led to the early goal, missed the 12th-minute PK, as his attempt was just wide left.

• Portland was without captain/midfielder Will Johnson for the first time this season. He was with the Canadian national team for its Gold Cup tournament opener against Martinique.

The Timbers also were missing winger Rodney Wallace and forward Frederic Piquionne, who also were on national team duty, with Costa Rica and Martinique, respectively.

Those three have combined for 10 goals and 12 assists with Portland this season.

• Portland had 55.8 percent of the possession and led 6-2 on corner kicks.

• Timbers goalie Donovan Ricketts made three saves. Matt Lampson had one save for Columbus.

• Columbus improved to 6-8-5. The Crew are seventh in the Eastern Conference with 23 points, three behind Houston, which holds the fifth and final playoff spot in the conference.

NEXT FOR TIMBERS

• 8 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles Galaxy, at Jeld-Wen Field (NBC Sports).