Portland Oregon – The New York Red Bulls overcame a two-goal deficit and a sellout crowd of 18,627 to tie the Portland Timbers 3-3 at the JELD-WEN Field on Father's Day. As a result of Sunday night's tie, the 5-2-8 Red Bulls now own sole possession of the Eastern Conference.
Playing their first match of a four-game road trip, the New York Red Bulls temporarily silenced the Portland Timbers crowd when Austin da Luz registered a goal in the fifth minute of the Sunday's bizarre soccer match. Despite Portland's attempts to equalize the game, the Red Bulls played a solid first half where the scored concluded with a 1-0 Red Bull advantage.
Desperately needing to end their three-game losing streak, the 5-6-3 Portland Timbers minus their suspended coach John Spencer roared back furiously as they overcame their one-goal deficit with two quick goals of their own. Portand's rally started in the 48th minute in the second half when Timbers' Jack Jewsbury rocketed a blast past Red Bulls GK Greg Sutton to level the match 1-1.
A minute later, Jewsbury played a pivotal role when he passed the ball to teammate Eric Brunner off a free kick who in turn headed to ball toward Kevin Goldthwaite who clearly finished the set piece play for a Timbers 2-1 lead.
If things couldn't get worse for the Red Bulls, former Timbers Stephen Keel provided his former teammates another goal when he accidently tapped in Portland's Jorge Perlaza pass in the penalty area in the 67th minute of the match. Being down by two-goals, it appeared the Red Bulls five game unbeaten streak was coming to a close.
Despite the pro-Timbers crowd madly cheering on their team, the Red Bulls reduced the deficit to one-goal when Thierry Henry scored his eighth goal of the season. In a sequence of where Henry passed the ball to Joel Lindpere who returned to Henry as he streaked past his defender while passing the ball to teammate Austin de Luz who quickly passed it Henry for a clear blast in the 73rd minute.
Two minutes later, Portland was awarded a penalty kick when Red Bulls GK Greg Sutton was called for a questionable foul on Portland's Jorge Perlaza. With the opportunity to regain a two-goal lead, Portland's Jack Jewsbury failed miserably to convert the penalty kick as it was easily blocked by Greg Sutton.
Just when it appeared the Portland Timbers had secured the win when Thierry Henry was automatically ejected after being issued a red card in the stoppage time, Timber's Rodney Wallace literally handed the Red Bulls a penalty kick when he attempted to intercept Dwayne De Rosario's cross.
Making the most of this opportunity, De Rosario successfully converted the penalty kick and the Red Bulls escaped Portland with a 3-3 tie. Next up for the Red Bulls is the 6-4-7 Seattle Sounders who they will meet in Qwest Field on Thursday, June 23rd at 10p.m. ET.
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