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MLS Rundown: Portland Timbers battle New York Red Bulls to a 3 3 Deadlock

Argentine midfielder Diego Valeri scores! (Image Credit: Portland Timbers)

New York – With Major League Soccer finally returning, LatinoSports.com will do it’s part to cover the matches on a consistent basis. For this season, the New York Red Bulls and Portland Timbers will be the two teams to spearhead each MLS Rundown.

Basically when the Red Bulls play at Red Bull Arena, they will be the team profiled in the rundown because they’ll be covered in person. Whenever RBNY is away, it’ll be the Portland Timbers. In addition, each rundown will provide the results of the matches that took place in MLS.

Sunday night’s match between the Portland Timbers and the New York Red Bulls was a match filled with errors, goals and passion. With both Caleb Porter (Timbers) and Mike Petke (Red Bulls) making their MLS coaching debuts, Sunday’s night match lived up to it’s expectations and beyond. In front of a sellout pro-Timbers crowd of 20,674 at JELD-WEN Field, Portland erased a two-goal deficit to tie the New York Red Bulls (RBNY) 3-3.

Even though neither side was able to walk away with the win, Sunday night’s match was an indication of the kind of season many of us will witness during the 2013 MLS season. The crowd lead by the Timbers Army was phenomenal. They were loud, proud, mental and barmy as they cheered their squad on.

Sunday night was a night for both clubs to begin anew.

New coaches, new players, new tactics, new season were the common denominators for both clubs as they waged in a competitive and passionate contest. In the first half, the Red Bulls were able to build a 3-1 lead thanks to  newcomer Fabián Espíndola two first half goals combined with Jámison Olave goal.

In the second half it was all Portland as they fiercely attacked the net as they aggressively controlled the ball with their crisp passing and player movement without the ball. Second half goals by Darlington Nagbe and an own-goal by RBNY Olave leveled and conclude the match at 3-3 apiece.

For a more in-depth look of last night’s match, I’ve included the recap submitted to me by the Portland Timbers organization. This was a match I simply enjoyed as a fan and I recommend to anyone, please make the trip out to Portland. It’s amazing and you’ll appreciate the experience!

MLS Rundown: Portland Timbers battle New York Red Bulls to a 3 3 Deadlock

Porterland, USA (Image Credit: Portland Timbers FC

Major League Soccer Results (March 2nd – March 3rd)

Sporting Kansas City trounced the Philadelphia Union 3-1.

Vancouver Whitecaps won 1-0 over Toronto FC.

Houston Dynamo won 2-0 over D.C. United.

FC Dallas won 1-0 over the Colorado Rapids.

Chivas USA lost 3-0 to the Columbus Crew.

Seattle Sounders lost 1-0 to the Montreal Impact.

Los Angeles Galaxy won 4-0 over the Chicago Fire.

Portland Timbers rallied to tie New York Red Bulls 3-3.

San Jose Earthquakes lost 2-0 to Real Salt Lake.

MLS Rundown: Portland Timbers battle New York Red Bulls to a 3 3 Deadlock

Timber Joey is amazing! (Image Credit: Portland Timbers FC)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Midfielder Diego Valeri scored in his MLS debut and midfielder/forward Darlington Nagbe scored his first goal of the season to help the Portland Timbers battle back to earn a 3-3 draw against the New York Red Bulls in a hotly contested season opener for both clubs on Sunday evening, before a sellout crowd of 20,674 at JELD-WEN Field.

Trailing 3-1 at halftime, the Timbers (0-0-1, 1pt) assembled a dominating second-half performance to fight back to earn a share of the points. Portland controlled 65 percent of the possession and out-shot the Red Bulls 13-4 in the second half. Nagbe struck for his first goal of the season to pull the Timbers within a goal in the 56th minute and second-half sub Jose Valencia forced an own goal by New York’s Jámison Olave inside the final 10 minutes of the contest to pull the Timbers level at 3-3.

Newcomer Fabián Espíndola scored twice in the first half, finding the back of the net in the ninth and 24th minutes to help the Red Bulls (0-0-1, 1pt) take the lead heading into the break. After Espíndola’s opening goal, Portland’s Valeri tallied the initial equalizer in the 14th minute.

The 20,674 on hand marked the Timbers’ 35th consecutive sellout at JELD-WEN Field. Sunday’s draw extended Portland’s current home unbeaten streak to seven matches, dating back to a 1-1 draw against FC Dallas last season on Aug. 5, 2012.

Espíndola opened his account in the ninth minute, taking advantage of a miscue by the Timbers backline. He lost the ball as he fought his way into the box, but Portland defender Mikael Silvestre went to play the ball back as goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts went to play the ball with his hands. The result of the play left a loose ball in front of the goal, and Espíndola was able to give chase and deposited the ball into the back of the net.

Valeri became the fourth MLS Timbers player to score a goal in his club debut, tallying the initial equalizer in the 14th minute. At the top of the box, midfielder Kalif Alhassan was able to one-time a pass from midfielder Will Johnson and found Valeri streaking into the box. Valeri worked around one Red Bulls defender before slotting the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal.

Espíndola capped his brace in the 24th minute, cashing in on a long ball played over the top that got in behind the Portland backline. From the right side of the penalty area, Espíndola drove a shot past Ricketts inside the far post. Four minutes later, Olave connected on a cross from midfielder Ruben Bovar Izquierdo inside the six-yard box and knocked the ball over the goal line to give New York a two-goal lead at the break.

Portland’s attack came alive on the second half, and Nagbe was able to pull one back for the home side in the 56th minute. Valeri attempted an initial shot from the top of the box, but New York goalkeeper Luis Robles spilled the save and Nagbe came crashing in to put away the rebound to cut the deficit 3-2.

The Timbers had several close scoring chances over the final half hour, and were able to tie the score at 3-3 in the 83rd minute on an own goal by Olave. Putting the Red Bulls defense under pressure, Valencia collected a loose ball in the box following a save by Robles. Valencia drove a sharply hit ball from the right side back in front of goal that hit Olave and was redirected into his own goal in the 83rd minute.

Over the closing minutes, the Timbers nearly struck for the game-winner on multiple occasions. Forward Ryan Johnson had two dangerous chances in second-half stoppage time, including a bicycle kick from the top of the box that just missed the top left corner of the goal. In total, the Timbers attempted 13 of their 21 shots in the second half, forcing Robles into five second-half saves.

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