Timbers knock off top team in MLS

Timbers knock off top team in MLS

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by KGW and AP Staff

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Posted on July 3, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 4 at 11:29 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Danny Mwanga and Jack Jewsbury each scored, Portland tightened its sagging defense and the Timbers knocked off the league-leading San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Tuesday.

The Timbers (5-7-4) exhibited an attack that was lacking in Saturday's 3-0 loss at Colorado and the defense limited the damage from an inevitable San Jose second-half charge.

The Earthquakes, with the best record in the MLS, played a patient but not particularly aggressive game, scoring their only goal after a quick restart where Portland seemed to lose focus.

The Timbers are 5-2-2 at raucous Jeld-Wen Field. Mwanga, a product of Portland's Jefferson High and Oregon State, scored his first goal of the season off a beautiful cross from Franck Songo'o in the 29th minute.

The win at Jeld-Wen over the top-ranked team in the MLS follows the Timbers' first home win over Northwest Rival the Seattle Sounders in their last home match.

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