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SANDY, Utah -- Real Salt Lake is in rare territory. Before this season, U.S. Open Cup matches were not synonymous with success for the MLS club. RSL experienced early exits more often than victories in the nations oldest soccer tournament. It has been a completely different story this time around, and Salt Lake took another big step to winning the cup Wednesday night. Alvaro Saborio scored once and assisted on Joao Platas goal to lead RSL to a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers. RSL will host DC United in the championship game Oct. 1 after United beat the Chicago Fire 2-0 earlier in the evening. The winner of the final will qualify for a spot in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League. Salt Lake started on the right foot by attacking relentlessly in the opening moments and it paid off with Saborios goal in the 7th minute. "Scoring early is big for us," RSL coach Jason Kreis said. "We reward ourselves from the momentum that we create at the beginning of the match. It is always important. Weve done a good job of that lately." Khari Stephenson forced a corner kick with a shot from distance to set up the scoring play. Following the corner kick, Kyle Beckerman sent a cross into Saborio on the left side of the 6-yard box. He then redirected a header back toward the right post and the ball bounced off the post and in. "It was a very important goal because we needed to score early," Saborio said. "Kyle gave me a very good cross and I got in a good header." Strong play from Nick Rimando kept Portland from answering in the first half. The Timbers got into scoring position several times, but came away empty after some clutch saves from Rimando. The biggest came in the 40th minute when Will Johnson kicked a right-footer down the centre of the box. It looked like a sure goal, but Rimando managed to poke the ball away with his fingertips at the last minute. "I need to figure out what hes eating so I can eat the same thing," Kreis said. Ryan Johnson had another good chance for Portland when he uncorked a header during first-half stoppage time. The ball bounced off the left post. Portland did all the things it needed to do to be in control by halftime. The Timbers dominated possession. They created more shots and put the RSL defence on its heels more often. But finding the finishing touch was a problem. Still, Portland coach Caleb Porter saw some positive trends his team can take back into league play. "Possession doesnt win you games," Porter said. "Shots dont win you games. But if you look at those trends and the stats of how were playing in the flow of the game, theres not major issues. Theres not major things to be alarmed with." Salt Lake finally got another goal from Plata in the 78th minute. Saborio flicked the ball up to Plata outside the top of the box and the reserve forward sent it right back down the middle. RSL has scored 13 goals in four Open Cup matches, the best rate of any team in the tournament. Portland cut the lead in half in the 90th minute. Rimando blocked a shot from Diego Valeri and Valeri collected it on the rebound. He headed the ball back over Rimandos head to bring the Timbers within striking distance. It was too little too late for Portland, which saw its franchise-best run in the U.S. Open Cup end. Now the attention for the Timbers shifts to qualifying for the MLS playoffs. "Were disappointed, but at the end of the day we still have everything to play for in the league," Porter said. "This loss doesnt change that." www.thepackerssportsfansshop.com/Nike-Jordy-Nelson-Elite-Jersey/ . The Heat were down 21 points in the third quarter but fought back to pull within two behind a 32-point effort by LeBron James. However, James was called for goaltending and an offensive foul on back-to-back possessions late, then missed a 3-pointer with Miami down six with 2:19 left. www.thepackerssportsfansshop.com/Nike-Don-Barclay-Elite-Jersey/ . 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The Panthers suspended Bergenheim in January after he was unable to obtain medical clearance for a lower-body injury thought to be suffered while playing in Europe during the lockout.MIAMI -- With his enthusiasm and veteran leadership, centre-fielder Mike Cameron has helped rejuvenate the Florida Marlins, who are undefeated since he joined the team. On Sunday he contributed a hit, too. Cameron belted a tying two-run homer for his first hit with the Marlins, and they went on to beat the woeful Houston Astros 5-4, completing a four-game sweep. Florida heads into the all-star break with a season-best five-game winning streak, all since the 38-year-old Cameron arrived via a trade with the Boston Red Sox. "He has been in this game for a long time," Florida catcher John Buck said. "Its pretty unanimous that were all excited hes here." Cameron batted only .149 in Boston and is 1 for 10 with the Marlins. But he grinned when asked if he has played a role in the winning streak. "Maybe its a little bit of karma -- me being around so long and being enthusiastic with the guys and keeping them positive," Cameron said. "It feels like home." The erratic Marlins are only five games below .500 (43-48) despite a streak last month of 19 losses in 20 games. The four-game sweep was the first for Florida since May 2010 against the Mets. Manager Jack McKeon said he was sorry about the timing of the all-star break. "I hate to see it show up, but thats the way it goes," he said. "Were going good, and everybody is in a great mental state. The train is moving north." Meanwhile, Houston reached a new low in a miserable season by being swept in a four-game series for the first time since May 2007 at Arizona. All-star Hunter Pence hit his 11th homer for the Astros, but they go into the break with a record of 30-62, worst in the majors. "Enjoy your break, everybody," outfielder Michael Bourn said. "We know we havent been playing well. We needed this break. 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"That Mike Cameron home run took him out of his game a little bit," Astros catcher Carlos Corporan said. The Marlins scratched out their first run in the third. Bonifacio led off with a single, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and came home when Sanchez grounded out. Bonifacio has thrived in the leadoff spot since McKeon became manager June 20, and his average has climbed 26 points in the past two weeks to .285. "He has played tremendous since Ive been here," McKeon said. "He is turning himself into an outstanding leadoff hitter, and he has just been going crazy on the bases." NOTES: Astros 2B Matt Downs had one hit while batting cleanup for the first time this season. ... Bonifacio improved his average against left-handers to .342. ... The Astros are 3-14 in Miami since the start of 2007. Theyre 4-16 when Corporan starts at catcher. cheap jerseys ' ' ' 
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