Colorado Rapids 0-1 Portland Timbers player rating

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The Portland Timbers won their ticket to the final of the Western Conference with a 1-0 MLS Cup playoff victory away to the Colorado Rapids on Thursday.

The Major League Soccer’s first ever Thanksgiving match was not the event that many had hoped for, with the two defensive games coming out on top.

Still, both sides had chances to level the game ahead of Larry Mabiala’s winner in the 90th minute. Cole Bassett, Auston Trusty and Dom Badji all missed chances for Colorado in the first half.

Yimmi Chara failed to turn the ball home at the far post for the Timbers in the second half, 20 minutes after Josecarlos Van Rankin had an effort cleared from the line by Danny Wilson.

After knocking out the top seed in the West, Portland is now waiting for the winner of the second semi-final of the Western Conference when Sporting Kansas City hosts Real Salt Lake. A SKC win would see the Timbers go on the road again, while they would host RSL at Providence Park.

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Portland puts together a dramatic road win to advance to the finals of the Western Conference! ? pic.twitter.com/PAYBMIFDHi

– Major League Soccer (@MLS) 25 November 2021

Here are the complete player ratings from the Colorado Rapids 0-1 Portland Timbers:

Goalkeeper and defender

Will Yarbrough (GK) – 6 – Was not overworked but handled everything that came in his way with ease. Could do a little for Mabiala’s winner.

Lalas Abubakar (CB) – 8 – Timbers tried to get in along Abubakar’s side on a number of occasions but he stood high against the challenge with some particularly impressive one-on-one defense. A critique? He seemed to be spending way too much time getting into unnecessary fights with Timber’s players.

Danny Wilson (CB) – 9 – Kept Rapids in the 65th minute with a huge goal line clearance and was a giant at the back all the time.

Auston Trusty (CB) – 6 – Should have opened the goal within six minutes with a free header from a corner. Earned for the miss with excellent defense, while proving to be a useful pass when Rapids took advantage of the left wing. Will unfortunately take some of the blame for the crucial goal.

Surfaces and midfielders

Keegan Rosenberry (RWB) – 5 – Not nearly as active as Kellyn Acosta on the other flank but had a couple of promising moments. Fired a shot just over the crossbar just before half an hour and defended well enough until the goal. He does not get all the blame, but he did not cover himself in honor.

Cole Bassett (CM) – 6 – Had a decent chance in the first half, danced through Timber’s defense before hitting straight at Steve Clark. Faded quickly after the break and was an obvious candidate to be replaced in favor of fresh bones.

Jackpris (CM) – 8 – Another set-piece masterclass from Price, who was almost flawless with the ball at his feet once again.

Kellyn Acosta (LWB) – 8 – Be comfortable Rapid’s best outlet from open play, charged up and down the left flank with endless reserves of energy. Created three chances and locked things at the other end of the field as well.

Another great chance was created along # Rapids96 left. Kellyn Acosta looks really good here.

– Chris Smith (@ CJSmith91) November 25, 2021Offensive midfielder and striker

Diego Rubio (CAM) – 7 – Tested Portland’s back line with some direct running, and put in many hard yards when the ball was turned. Replaced by Namli just after the hour line to freshen up.

Mark-Anthony Kaye (CAM) – 6 – Not his best day, but Kaye had a couple of good moments and put in an incredible amount of work. Had to be pulled in to keep energy levels high.

Dominique Badji (ST) – 6 – Had to work on limited service but was a willing runner and forced a good save from Clark just before half time. Replaced by Michael Barrios when Fraser seemed to change the setting.

Substitute

Younes Namli (for Rubio, 66 min) – 4 – Could not open up Timber’s defense that we know he’s capable of.

Michael Barrios (for Badji, 75 min) – 4 – Dropped the ball too much and did not inject life into the match as expected.

Jonathan Lewis (for Bassett, 75 min) – 2 – In 15 minutes on the field, he failed to touch the ball at all.

Braian Galvan (for Kaye, 82 min) – 4 – Getting Asprilla sent off was his only meaningful contribution.

Goalkeeper and defender

Steve Clark (GK) – 9 – Be honestly the best player in the 90 minutes with a number of great saves. Played the pantomime villain brilliantly with a little waste of time in the second half, which really came under the skin of the Rapids faithful.

Josecarlos Van Rankin (RB) – 5 – Had it tough against Acosta and missed a huge chance to put Timbers in the lead in the 65th minute.

Larrys Mabiala (CB) – 9 – Made nine clearances at one end and made the last-minute winner at the other. A great performance from Mabiala, who was the hero of the timber.

MABIALA MABIALA MABIALA

BREAKTHROUGH FOR PORTLAND! #COLvPOR // @Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/QwfE7UCite

– Major League Soccer (@MLS) 25 November 2021

Dario Zuparic (CB) – 8 – Come up with some huge blocks and interceptions that in the end proved to be decisive thanks to Mabiala’s late winner.

Claudio Bravo (LB) – 7 – Had an easier night defensively than Van Rankin, which gave him the freedom to push himself forward and become an inconvenience in the final third.

Diego Chara (CM) – 7 – Showed all his experience, calmed the Timbers when it got tough and kickstarted counterattacks when Rapids opened up.

Cristhian Paredes (CM) – 6 – A couple of promising moments on the ball and put in a lot of defensive work.

Offensive midfielders and forwards

Yimmi Chara (RW) – 5 – Squeezed back some of Acosta’s drive forward. Missed a great chance at the far post in the 84th minute but it did not become so expensive in the end.

Sebastian Blanco (CAM) – 5 – A long-range effort that went just over the crossbar was about as good as it was for Blanco, who was totally suspended by Rapid’s defense. Got off in the 52nd minute with what appeared to be a drawn hoarding. The tears tell you everything you need to know about the potential severity of the injury – you absolutely hate to see it.

Dairon Asprilla (LW) – 6 – Actually had a pretty good game, drove on Rapid’s back line and delivered some dangerous crosses. But will now miss the Western Conference final thanks to a ridiculous red card at the end.

Jaroslaw Niezgoda (ST) – 3 – Totally non-existent in the first half. His best moment came after the break, when he interrupted it to Van Rankin, whose effort was cleared from the line. Even then, the Polish striker should have taken the shot at himself given that he was in sexyards.

Jaroslaw Niezgoda’s first half against # Rapids96:

Touches: 5Exact passes: 1 (25%) Final attempt: 0Won flight duels: 0 / 4Lost holdings: 3

Those Rapids midfielders eat him up? #RCTID #MLSCupPlayoffs

– Chris Smith (@ CJSmith91) November 25, 2021 Substitute

Santiago Moreno (for Blanco, 52 min) – 6 – A good 38-minute cameo from Moreno, who created a couple of chances and made three interceptions.

Felipe Mora (for Niezgoda, 67 min) – 6 – Was a far more effective frontman than Niezgoda even though he failed to test Yarbrough himself.

Marvin Loria (for Y. Chara, 95 min) – N / A – Took on right at the end to run down the clock.

George Fochive (for Paredes, 96 min) – N / A – His two ball pressure was clearances.

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