PORTLAND, Oregon — Portland captain Will Johnson returned to the lineup as the Timbers — which had been last in the Western Conference — beat Eastern Conference leader D.C. United 1-0 in Major League Soccer on Wednesday.
Johnson, who missed the first 12 games of the season while recovering from a broken leg, played 84 minutes before being substituted out.
Maximiliano Urruti scored the lone goal in the fifth minute. Gaston Fernandez jumped on a loose ball on the right wing and sent a hard, rolling cross into the box for Urruti to bang home.
LOS ANGELES 1, REAL SALT LAKE 0
Juninho converted a penalty early in the first half and the Galaxy held on to beat Real Salt Lake 1-0 and extend its unbeaten record at home to 23 games.
The penalty was awarded for an unlucky handball in the penalty area when the ball bounced off Jamison Olave's stabilizing hand during a slide.
Olave was given a red card in second-half stoppage time after a rough challenge of Robbie Keane. Keane entered as a second-half substitute for the second straight game after missing seven consecutive matches due to an injury.
SOUNDERS 1, RAPIDS 0
Seattle moved into top spot in the Western Conference by beating Colorado 1-0.
Marco Pappa scored his first goal of the season for the Sounder in the 16th minute and that was enough to move them above Dallas atop the West.
Seattle has not allowed a goal at home for 380 minutes, while the Rapids have been blanked in half of their 12 games this season.