Portland Timbers fall to Real Salt Lake, play in front of fans for first time in 7 months

The Timbers (9-5-3, 30 points) lost 2-1 to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium, snapping a five-game winning streak and missing a chance to overtake rival Seattle Sounders FC at the top of the Western Conference standings.

RSL goalkeeper Andrew Putna came out of goal and appeared to take out Jeremy Ebobisse in trying to push the ball away, but a video review did not overturn the non-call on the field.

The announced attendance in Utah was 3,283 – the most fans the Timbers have played in front of since March 8, when they hosted a sold-out crowd at Providence Park in their last game before the COVID-19 outbreak.

In July, RSL’s second-division affiliate, the Real Monarchs, became the first professional U.S. sports team to allow fans after the coronavirus outbreak hit the United States.

Club owner Dell Loy Hansen admitted he lost money , but wanted to find a way to reintroduce fans to games and “have the courage to move forward.”

Savarese continued his usual squad rotation Wednesday amid a condensed season, giving goalkeeper Ivacic his second-ever appearance for the Timbers.

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