Cooper goals lifts Portland past RSL

Cooper goals lifts Portland past RSL

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Cooper goals lifts Portland past RSL

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Real Salt Lake figured to have a little CONCACAF Champions League hangover heading into Saturday's match against Portland Timbers. Little did RSL know just what sort of headache the expansion side would be able to provide.

Riding a first-half goal from Kenny Cooper, the Timbers shut down a Real Salt Lake side that was missing several key starters in a 1-0 triumph at Jeld-Wen Field on Saturday night.

Fresh from its disappointing Champions League Final loss to Monterrey, RSL rested several starters, including Jamison Olave and Fabian Espindola, but still boasted Javier Morales, Kyle Beckerman, Nat Borchers and Nick Rimando.

That collection of standouts still wasn't enough to stop a Portland side that improved to 3-0 at home with Saturday's victory.

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