Blanco’s back-to-back goals power Timbers past RSL 4-1
Blanco made it 2-1 for the Timbers (14-9-9) in the 70th minute, chest-trapping Justen Glad’s attempted clearance and putting back a left-footed shot from just beyond the top left corner of the 6-yard box. Blanco added another three minutes later from nearly the same spot, a right-footed blast into the upper corner to finish Diego Valeri’s layoff.
Lucas Melano pounced on a lazy throw-in deep in RSL (13-12-7) territory to cap the scoring for Portland in the 88th minute.
Jeremy Ebobisse tapped in Blanco’s cross in the 33rd minute to give the Timbers the lead.