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Powell, Urruti, Wallace score to lead Timbers past Whitecaps, 3-0

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Alvas Powell, Maximiliano Urruti and Rodney Wallace scored in the second half in the Portland Timbers' 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.

Portland (8-8-10) moved into fifth place in the Western Conference, a point ahead of Vancouver (7-6-12). The top five will earn playoff spots.

PHOTO: Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted, left, of Denmark, stands nearby as Portland Timbers' Fanendo Adi, of Nigeria, celebrates a goal by teammate Alvas Powell during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)
Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted, left, of Denmark, stands nearby as Portland Timbers' Fanendo Adi, of Nigeria, celebrates a goal by teammate Alvas Powell during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Powell opened the scoring in the 51st minute. Diego Valeri threaded a ball into the box and the unmarked Powell headed it past goalkeeper David Ousted.

Urruti, a second-half substitute, scored in the 75th, taking a pass from Michael Harrington and blasting a shot that hit the crossbar and fell into the net behind Ousted.

Wallace made it 3-0 in the 79th, slipping behind the defense and converting a pass from Darlington Nagbe.

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