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Portland Timbers beat Colorado Rapids to push MLS unbeaten streak to 15 games

By: The Associated Press
June 23, 2013 Updated: June 23, 2013 at 10:50 pm
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photo - June 23, 2013 - Portland, OR, USA - June 23, 2013 - Portland, Oregon, USA. Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson (4) scores the Timbers second goal in the first half of the MLS match between the visiting Colorado Rapids and the Portland Timbers at Jeld Wen Stadium, Portland, OR (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
June 23, 2013 - Portland, OR, USA - June 23, 2013 - Portland, Oregon, USA. Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson (4) scores the Timbers second goal in the first half of the MLS match between the visiting Colorado Rapids and the Portland Timbers at Jeld Wen Stadium, Portland, OR (Cal Sport Media via AP Images) 

PORTLAND, Ore. - Frederic Piquionne, Will Johnson and Ryan Johnson scored and the Portland Timbers ran their unbeaten streak to 15 games with a 3-0 victory Sunday over Colorado.

The Timbers are tied with Real Salt Lake for best record in MLS with 30 points, the first time in the team's three-year history it has sat atop the league. Portland (7-1-9), also leads the league in goals with 28. It marks a huge turnaround under first-year coach Caleb Porter for a team which finished 8-16-10 last season.

"It's all about the chemistry we have and the workmanlike attitude," Ryan Johnson said.

Colorado (5-7-5) has lost three straight and has just one win in its last six matches.

The Timbers have shutouts in their last three games and five of seven. The last goals Portland allowed at Jeld-Wen Field in MLS play were in a 2-1 loss to Montreal on March?9.

The Rapids started off aggressively, getting four shots in the first 11 minutes, but it was Portland that got the early goal, Piquionne scoring on a header off a cross from Rodney Wallace in the 12th minute.

Wallace, returning from spending three games with the Costa Rican national team in World Cup qualifiers, had assists on all three goals. He barely missed a goal of his own in the 22nd minute. He then set up Will Johnson's left-footed blast for the second score just before the half.

"You give energy to a team that knows how to play," Colorado coach Oscar Pareja said. "Going in down 2-0 after the performance we had, it is painful."

Colorado outshot the Timbers 17-6 and kept goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts working throughout the game.

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