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The Timbers’ Sebastian Blanco lies on the turf as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.The Timbers’ Yimmi Chara (right) lunges toward the ball as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.Players take the field as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.The pregame scene as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.Fans cheer as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.A fan holds up a sign about abortion rights as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.A fan holds up a sign about abortion rights as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.Referee Rosendo Mendoza reviews a play as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.Fans pose from the stands as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese looks on as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.A fan looks on as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.The Timbers’ Claudio Bravo sends in the ball as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.The Timbers’ Claudio Bravo controls the ball as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.The Timbers’ Santiago Moreno (30) leaps in front of Colorado goalkeeper William Yarbrough as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.The Timbers’ Jaroslaw Niezgoda controls the ball as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.The Timbers’ Sebastian Blanco communicates with teammates before a free kick as the Portland Timbers face the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.

After a long season with plenty of on-field struggles and no shortage of outside criticism, Portland Timbers striker Jaroslaw Niezgoda broke through in a big way on a hot Saturday night at Providence Park. Niezgoda’s two second half goals carried the Timbers to a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids in a crucial game for Portland as it seeks a return to form.