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TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO G. DIAZ - Defender Steven Taylor, a late-season acquisition from England, exults Sunday at Providence Park as the Portland Timbers roll to a 4-0 lead in a 4-2 win over Seattle.When the chips were down, boy, were the Timbers up.

Like, the top of Mount Everest up.

With a showdown against Seattle on tap and MLS playoff positioning on the line, the Timbers got an early drop on their rival and rode it to a 4-2 victory Sunday before a packed house at Providence Park and a national ESPN audience.

Portland entered the day tied with San Jose for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, just a point ahead of Seattle and Vancouver but with the Earthquakes and Sounders both having a game in hand.

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