Major League Soccer

Valeri helps Timbers beat Whitecaps 4-2

(AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A three-game losing streak gave the Portland Timbers an edge rather than a lack of confidence.

Diego Valeri scored on a penalty kick in the opening minutes and the Timbers rolled to a 4-2 victory over the Cascadia Cup rival Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday.

"When you have a good group of guys and you don't win games you get a little angry," Portland coach Caleb Porter said. "Our guys looks looked like they were confident this week and had that little bit of hunger to go into this game and prove that we're better than we've been. These guys know we're a good team."

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