5:02 AM EDT, Thu April 24, 2014
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Timbers push Real Salt Lake around but Grabavoy goal leaves Portland winless

The Portland Timbers were hoping to earn their first victory of 2014 on the road, but they were going to face Real Salt Lake, a team that has dominated them over the past few seasons. While Portland was indeed improved in several areas, they conceded a goal to Ned Grabavoy in the 79th minute and couldn't convert their own chances in absorbing a 1 to 0 loss to RSL. The Timbers now head to Houston on April 27 in search of their elusive first win.
RSL Soapbox Apr 22, 2014

Goal Breakdown: Grabavoy, floating in space, capitalizes on Portland inefficacy

In our first shot, Tony Beltran has controlled the ball well under some high pressure, and he's sought out Sebastian Velasquez with the pass. Velasquez has lots of space in front of him, with Portland content to pressure only the player with the ball. Vital here is the space Ned Grabavoy has in front of himself - Diego Chara is focused elsewhere, giving Grabavoy plenty of time. In our second shot, Sebastian Velasquez has held possession and slowed possession smartly. He's drawn two players to him, Will Johnson and Michael Harrington, and we see that Beltran's pass in the screenshot...
RSL Soapbox Apr 19, 2014

RSL emerge victorious over Portland with 1-0 scoreline kept in check by Rimando

It was a nervous, difficult match that at times felt as harried as any we've seen in this still short season, but Real Salt Lake ran out 1-0 winners against Portland Timbers. It required heroics from Nick Rimando time and time again, including some saves that would make you think he hadn't been injured just a few days prior. Ned Grabavoy scored the lone goal on the night, making a brilliant run down the left side of Donovan Ricketts box and finishing at the far post. Portland threatened throughout, but their chances were limited to counterattacks and set pieces. Gone were opportunities...
RSL Soapbox Apr 11, 2014

Who steps in for Luis Gil? Midfield absence opens a spot for one of four

With Luis Gil in doubt for Saturday's match against Philadelphia Union with what now seems to be a hamstring injury, we'll be reshuffling the midfield a little. Thus far, he's been the right-sided midfielder in the diamond, and while he struggled during our last match against Sporting KC, he's been important in building play. Now, he obviously floats around a bit, as does Ned Grabavoy, and that's important when we're considering his replacement, too. We have two big options in place: The first, Luke Mulholland, has been good on both sides of the ball and an able worker. However, he's not...

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