Sporting KC keeps rolling, beats Timbers 2-1 foxsports Jul 3, 2011 at 6:38a ET C.J. Sapong and Aurelien Collin scored first-half goals and Sporting Kansas City extended its unbeaten streak to eight MLS games Saturday night in a 2-1 win over Portland. Article continues below ... It was a predictable result of two teams heading in opposite directions. Kansas City hasn’t lost a in eight MLS games and two U.S. Open Cup ones since May 21, while the Timbers are winless in their past six. Portland coach John Spencer promoted forward Eddie Johnson and defender Steve Purdy into the starting lineup. They replaced forward Kenny Cooper – the team’s second highest-paid player – and defender Jeremy Hall. Cooper and Hall had started the Timbers’ previous 15 games. Portland’s offense was stagnant for the game’s first 40 minutes, but perked up just before halftime. The Timbers produced a couple of chances, one resulting in a goal seconds before halftime, when Darlington Nagbe ripped a 20-yard shot past Kansas City goalie Jimmy Nielsen to cut the deficit to 2-1. Kansas City, which played a road-heavy MLS schedule early in the season, will play 11 of its next 12 matches at home.