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Timbers Knock Off New York City For Statement Win

Timbers Knock Off New York City For Statement Win”

Mattocks stole the ball from Andrea Pirlo, dribbled into the left side of the penalty area and cut a pass to Valeri in the middle of the area.

Diego Valeri found the net for the seventh consecutive game as the Portland Timbers claimed all three points from a 1-0 win at New York City FC.

NYCFC (15-8-5) saw its five-game unbeaten streak halted. "So, I like the balance of the team and I like the mentality". A shift that included the turnover that led to Portland's winning goal in a 1-0 victory at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. The saves were a blur to Johnson who was trying to ignore the pain of a knee-on-knee collision with Mattocks suffered in the first half. The Sounders have 42 points and have played 27 games to Portland's 29.

In the second half, the goalkeepers were the stars.

Alex Bono made three saves for the shutout.

In the 55th minute he reacted to a Vytas header off a corner kick to punch it over the crossbar. Johnson made seven big saves in total, and the ones that kept New York City within touching distance down the stretch - including two point-blank denials of Valeri - were sensational. Most noteworthy was Johnson's diving save on Valeri in the 84th minute. Not only had it come from nothing, and not only did it arrive one minute before the end of a half that they dominated, but it also set the Timbers up to sit in after the restart, absorb pressure, and look to counter - the exact scenario that Patrick Vieira, who identified Portland in before the game as the best counter-attacking team in the league, wanted to avoid. "It's just looking forward to the next one now". The manager still sees a player who he believes can help NYCFC as it tries to make a run at an MLS Cup title, and based on Portland's approach Saturday, opponents also still believe he is a player who can make a difference.

Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers

"Even with David out of the lineup, we're still creating chances", R.J.

The reigning MLS MVP leads the league in scoring with 19 goals.

All of the sudden, this Timbers team - still minus key starters in the shape of Fanendo Adi and Liam Ridgewell - is putting it all together.

New York City FC played without David Villa.

From where he stripped Pirlo, Mattocks' job was simple. Portland's Mattocks and Vytautas Andriuskevicius left in the second half because of injuries. "We have players who make mistakes and make the wrong decision, and sometimes we concede the goal and sometimes we don't concede the goal, but that is not the reason why we lost the game". Diego Chara will be suspended for that match for yellow-card accumulation.



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