Red Bulls Rally To Defeat Timbers 3-2
August 19, 2012, 6:20 pm
For the first 43 minutes, the Timbers appeared set to snap their road losing streak against one of two MLS teams still undefeated at home. But two quick New York goals before half equalized the game, and one late goal sealed the comeback for the Red Bulls.
Bright Dike found himself in Portland's starting eleven for the first time, and he wasted no time making the most of the opportunity.
In the 8th minute, Sal Zizzo found Dike on a cross that he was able to chip over Red Bulls keeper Bill Gaudette for the early 1-0 lead.
Portland extended the lead in the 31st minute when Darlington Nagbe scored his second goal in as many games. This time off a Frank Songo'o-lead run that once again found Sal Zizzo in position to notch another assist.
However, Portland's opportunity to go to locker room at halftime with the lead vanished in the last two minutes.
Less than ten minutes after being substituted into the game, former Timber Kenny Cooper registered the Red Bulls first goal.
Controversy struck two minutes later, when Tim Cahill found the back of the net, but Timber players heard a whistle and appeared to have thought a foul was called. Cahill took advantage of the distracted Portland team, and put a rebounded shot back past Donovan Ricketts.
Listen to Cahill's goal
New York completed the comeback in the 83rd minute when Jan Gunner Solli curled a cross into Heath Pearce who headed in the go-ahead goal.
Listen to Pearce's goal
Portland is now winless in its last eight games and will attempt to snap that streak Saturday when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps.