Rapids lose chippy 1-0 match in Portland, drop to second place

Fanendo Adi scored on a penalty kick in the 35th minute and the Portland Timbers continued to fight for a playoff spot with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday.

The defending MLS Cup champion Timbers won their fifth straight and home and pulled even in points with Sporting Kansas City for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Timbers were a point back of fifth-place Seattle.

Colorado (15-6-12) dropped to second in the conference standings behind Dallas while vying for the Supporters’ Shield for the team with the best regular-season record.

The Timbers (12-13-8) have been winless on the road this season, which has hurt their playoff chances. But the result Sunday keeps them in the playoff race heading into the final game of the regular season next Sunday against the Whitecaps in Vancouver.

The Rapids wrap up the regular season at home next Sunday against the Houston Dynamo.

Adi’s penalty kick was the result of a foul in the box on Vytautas Andriuskevicius. Three minutes later, Andriuskevicius drew another penalty but Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard stopped the shot and Adi missed a chance on the rebound.

Jack Jewsbury, who is retiring following the season, was captain for his 156th game with the Timbers, tied for fourth on the team’s career list. He was honored before his final home game, and the sellout crowd at Providence Park chanted “Captain Jack!”

“I want to thank each and every one of you for what you bring to this. Look at this atmosphere we get to play in front of every single game. It’s amazing,” he said.

After the game went to the stand in front of the Timbers Army supporters’ group to shakes hands and sin autographs.

Colorado was coming off a 2-1 victory over San Jose on Thursday night, snapping a 14-game winless streak over the Earthquakes. Kevin Doyle scored both goals in the Rapids’ third straight victory.

The Timbers fell 1-0 to the Rapids on Oct. 1 in Colorado.