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Timbers down rival Sounders 1-0 in MLS

October 14, 2013

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Kalif Alhassan scored late in the first half as the Portland Timbers held on for a 1-0 victory over Seattle on Sunday, denying the Sounders a chance to clinch a Major League Soccer playoff berth.

The Timbers moved into first place in the MLS Western Conference, moving closer to the playoffs with two games left. Portland has not lost in six straight matches, and hasn’t lost at home in 14 straight.

The Sounders dropped into third place in the conference standings.

Seattle and United States captain Clint Dempsey appeared to injure his shoulder in the first half and twice went to the sidelines to seek treatment. But he returned for the second half.

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