Portland Timbers Win First MLS Road Game at Chicago Fire

A win is a win is a win.

The Portland Timbers managed their first road win of the year in a most unconvincing fashion in Chicago over the weekend. A 1-0 nail-biter won with Captain Jack Jewsbury's penalty kick.

The real hero of the match, however, was once again keeper Troy Perkins. He made three saves that would be considered remarkable in any league in the world—one of them might go down as the save of the year.

More on that later.

The soccer gods finally smiled on Portland, after nearly two months of having almost nothing but bad luck. The Timbers managed to lose games, and tie games that they should have won, in every conceivable fashion.

They gave up a goal on a set piece to Colorado in the last 10 seconds of the game that gave Colorado the win.

They committed a hand ball in the penalty area against New York in the last 20 seconds that resulted in a tie.

They gave up two leads in the second half aga...

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