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Portland Timbers Man of the Match: Swagger

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The Timbers put together a heck of a shift against D.C., but whose shift was the best?

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The Portland Timbers won. There is a good chance that every story this week will start with some variation on that thought. Still, in the team's 3-2 win over D.C. United, who had the best performance?

Here are our picks from Sunday's match. Check them out and share yours in the comments below.

Kevin: Diego Valeri

Two assists (and would've been three if Urruti put his first shot past Hamid and not the rebound). He also looked 100% healthy out there last night for the first time in a long time. He was playing with such confidence and swagger and linking up dangerously with his teammates. It was the Valeri we've been waiting to see since last season.

Michael: Diego Valeri

And not just because Caleb Porter said so after the game. Not quite at his 2013 best but the DC game was arguably Valeri's best so far this season. Hat tip to Steve Zakuani for stretching the DC United defense and giving Valeri more room to operate.

Kelly: Futty Danso

I'm going to go ahead and make this week's "what are you talking about?" pick. I watched this match from the stands (probably only the 4th time I haven't been in the press box) and through the rain and the yelling and the explaining-things-to-my-newbie-fried-attending-his-first-Timbers-match, Futty Danso stood out for me. I know he's essentially to blame for DC's second goal, but he scored one of his own and on a water-logged and slippery pitch I just felt he made up for quite a few mistakes from others. I don't expect anyone else to agree with me, but from the southeast corner Futty was who I noticed most.

Stacey: Diego Valeri

Valeri had said this was a good week for him to rest and recover from the soreness he felt the past few games, and it showed. In his best game of the season so far, he was clearly on the lookout for that killer pass again and he set up all three goals.

Ryan: Futty Danso

I think there are two MOTM, An offensive and defensive one. Valeri is without a doubt the offensive MOTM. While Portland's defense has flaws and has taken deserved beating on this site Futty's performance was one of the best the Timbers have had this year. He was all over the place putting out fires and he even scored two goals, too bad one was an own goal. His will to win was never more evident than in the last minutes of the game when he roamed forward and set up Gaston Fernandez with a slick pass.

Who was your Man of the Match against D.C. United? Vote in the poll below and let us know why you made your choice in the comments.