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The Northwest Passages: Portland finally won a game, could still miss the playoffs

It took nine games for the 2014 Portland Timbers to get a win. Nine games. Nine games, 92 shots, 2,888 successful passes, one gator bite, three Gaston Fernandez equalizers, four penalties conceded to and converted by opposing teams before Max Urriti's 94th-minute stab against D.C. United earned a first multiple-point addition to the Timbers' season total.

That total now stands at eight points. Which is five behind one Cascadian rival - Vancouver in the fifth and final playoff spot - and a whopping 14 behind the other, the league-leading Seattle Sounders. So there's some work to do, yeah, but this is still an important win for Portland. It's the type of result that the kind of club Portland aspires to be should use as a turning point.

Timbers head coach Caleb Porter was characteristically dispassionate about the result itself, but even he was willing to admit the potential mental boost.

"It's good," he said after game. "It's just three points, but it's a big three points.

"It's the type of result that really catapults a team in a season. It's a season-changing result, I think."

Captain Will Johnson was similarly pleased to get the win.

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