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Kocic blanks Toronto FC in Timbers' 4-0 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 8, 2013 at 1:34 am •  Published: September 8, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kalif Alhassan opened the scoring in first-half stoppage time, Portland added three goals in the last 10 minutes, and backup goalkeeper Milos Kocic stepped in to earn the shutout as the Timbers beat Toronto FC 4-0 on Saturday night.

Rodney Wallace, Will Johnson and Diego Valeri all scored in the late flurry to help Portland (10-5-12) remain tied with Colorado for fourth place in the Western Conference.

"We want to keep being very business-like, very professional with our approach. We're not going to get ahead of ourselves," Portland head coach Caleb Porter said. "We're going to focus on the next game, that's Chivas. We're not going to worry about the other games."

The four-goal margin of victory was Portland's largest since joining MLS in 2011.

Toronto (4-13-10) remained 17 points out of a playoff spot.

With both teams having a few opportunities in the first half, the deadlock was broken at the very end of the 45 minutes. Portland's free kick from the left wing knocked around the Toronto penalty area until it found its way to Alhassan at the top of the box, where he chested the ball down and sent a shot into the upper corner of the net.

Toronto had some chances to tie the score in the second half, with Andrew Wiedeman having the best opportunity in the 65th minute. With the ball rolling toward the Portland goal and Wiedeman sneaking behind the defense, Kocic was forced to run off the goal line and make a sprawling save to preserve the lead.

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