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                 === Timbers, Crew seek much-needed victory ===
 
 Portland,  OR (SportsNetwork.com)  - Two clubs in desperate need of a win will
 square  off at Providence Park on Saturday as the Portland Timbers take on the
 Columbus Crew.
 
 Columbus  is  without a win  in seven league  games while Portland has managed
 just  one  win on the  season, making  for a coveted  three points up grabs on
 Saturday.
 
 The  Crew most recently fell to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in a 1-0 home loss last
 weekend, a result that had head coach Gregg Berhalter shouldering the blame.
 
 "The  guys are running  on fumes. ... The guys gave it everything they had and
 unfortunately  that  wasn't  enough,"  said Berhalter.  "If  I'm  critical  of
 anything,  it's  my team  selection, not  rotating more  guys and getting some
 fresh  legs in there  because to me that was clearly the difference. They were
 just more physical and able to run more than we were."
 
 The  Crew have lost  three straight games by a combined score of 4-0, a run of
 results  that extends  their goalless  streak extended  to 321  minutes -  the
 fourth-longest  in club history. Columbus has not managed to score a goal from
 open  play since earning  a point from a 1-1 draw against D.C. United on April
 19.
 
 "I  think you need a certain explosiveness, dynamic and certain poise in front
 of  the goal  to capitalize  on your  opportunities," Berhalter  continued. "I
 think  there are times in the first half when we were in crossing position and
 it  ends up  a counter attack for the  other team. We're going to look at that
 and  analyze that, but certainly we've got to get better at that aspect of the
 game around the goal, and we've got to get better."
 
 Portland  enters  Saturday's contest on a  three-game unbeaten run, but it has
 undoubtedly  been a disappointing start to the season for a club that finished
 atop the Western Conference last term.
 
 The  Timbers  first  victory  of  the  season  came  in  dramatic  fashion  as
 Maximiliano  Urruti scored  a last-gasp winner against D.C. United. Their next
 match was just as dramatic as Portland conceded a stoppage-time goal to Robbie
 Keane  before Diego Valeri's  equalizer at the death saw the club earn a point
 from a 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
 
 "The  season's  not done, but  we're running out of  time by not getting three
 points  in this type  of game," Timbers head coach Caleb Porter said after the
 match. " ... We do keep slowly moving up, but we're running out of time and we
 need  to  pick it up and  change that trend.  It's time to change it otherwise
 we're not going to be the team we want to be at the end of the year."
 
 05/16 16:48:15 ET

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