- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) - Portland comfortably beat San Jose and ten-man Houston posted a valuable win at Toronto on Wednesday as both teams boosted their chances of moving into the MLS playoff positions.

Portland’s Diego Valeri scored twice as the Timbers defeated the Earthquakes 3-0 to move into fifth place in the Western Conference; the last playoff-yielding position. Portland is two points ahead of Vancouver, though the Canadian club has a game in hand.

Rodney Wallace opened the scoring in the 41st minute, taking a pass from Darlington Nagbe and blasting home from 10 yards for his third goal in two games.

Valeri converted a penalty early in the second half after Wallace was fouled. Valeri capped the scoring in the 74th minute, knocking in the rebound after a Wallace shot was blocked.

Houston’s Giles Barnes scored the sole goal as the Dynamo rode their luck for a 1-0 win at Toronto.

Barnes scored in the 35th minute, taking a pass from Kofi Sakodie down the flank and beating rookie defender Nick Hagglund and goalkeeper Joe Bendik.

Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric saved Jermain Defoe’s 58th-minute penalty attempt, after defender A.J. Cochran was sent off for dragging down Luke Moore.

Houston moved within a point of Toronto, which is three points off a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.


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