Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter was full of confidence after his side edged reigning MLS champions LA Galaxy 1-0 in the weekend.

Recent acquisition Maximiliano Urruti scored the only goal at JELD-WEN Field as the Timbers moved to third spot on the Western Conference table in a performance that absolutely delighted the boss.

"It's a big, big step," Porter said. "Obviously each step is important, but this was a big one.

"Our goal is to not just limp into the playoffs, but get in in a good position, hopefully in the top three and avoid the play-in game.

"From that standpoint it was a big step, but it was also a big step for this club moving forward, to continue to prove that we can beat anybody."

He added: "This is not a surprising result, at least for every one of us in the locker room. It may be for other people. This team has a real belief that we can do something special."

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