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Valeri golazo rescues Portland at home
by Paul Kennedy, July 19th, 2014 3:11AM

TAGS:  colorado rapids, mls, portland timbers


[MLS: Week 19] For the ninth time in 11 games, the Portland Timbers trailed at home. Six times they've come back to earn a draw. But for the first time they came back to win, getting late goals from Argentines Maxi Urruti and Diego Valeri to beat the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, and get three critical points in their bid to get back into the Western Conference playoff race.

The Rapids could have moved into second place with a win and opened up a nine-point gap on the Timbers, and they looked to be in good shape when Deshorn Brown scored on a rebound in the 16th minute. But Colorado, which was already missing suspended starters Vicente Sanchez, Nick LaBrocca and Shane O’Neill, lost Brown and rookie Marlon Hairston with injuries.

The first Portland goal was scored Urruti at the near post off a pass from Jack Jewsbury in the 72nd minute, 11 minutes after he entered the game, and Valeri won the game with a golazo from 30 yards in the 77th minute.

Portland Timbers, 2014 Home Games:
1-1 Philadelphia (64th minute: 0-1)
1-1 Chicago (19th minute: 0-1)
4-4 Seattle (3rd minute: 0-1)
1-1 Chivas USA (never trailed)
3-2 D.C. United (never trailed)
1-1 LA Galaxy (92nd+ minute: 0-1)
3-3 Columbus (45th+5 minute: 1-2/81st minute: 2-3)
3-4 Vancouver (26th minute: 1-2)
2-2 FC Dallas (27th minute: 0-1)
0-1 Sporting KC (24th minute: 0-1)
2-1 Colorado (16th minute: 0-1)
Note: In parentheses the minute Timbers fell behind.

Brown's goal marked the seventh time the Timbers have fallen behind in the first half. There are now 2-2-7 in 11 home games. Portland coach Caleb Porter said the double switch of Argentines Gaston Fernandez and Urruti for Steve Zakuani and Fanendo Adi was the difference in the game.

“Sometimes you make subs and you chop it up too much and you never get into a rhythm,” Porter said. “So my thought was bring them both on and let them get into a rhythm together, versus layering it in, so that was the thinking.”

Portland moved to within two points of FC Dallas and Vancouver, tied for fifth place, but it has played one more game than Dallas and two more than the 'Caps.

MLS WEEK 19, Results:
Friday, July 18
Portland 2 Colorado 1.
COL: Deshorn Brown 16
POR: Maximiliano Urruti (Jack Jewsbury, Will Johnson) 72
POR: Diego Valeri (Diego Chara) 77
Att.: 20,814.

Wednesday, July 16
LA Galaxy 5 New England 1.
LA: Robbie Keane (Baggio Husidic) 10
LA: Gyasi Zardes (Robbie Keane, Stefan Ishizaki) 18
NE: Lee Nguyen pen. 38
LA: Gyasi Zardes (Robbie Keane) 48
LA: Stefan Ishizaki 75
LA: Robbie Keane 78
Red Cards: LA -- Dan Gargan 36; NE -- A.J. Soares 29.
Att.: 17,717.
Philadelphia 3 New York 1
PHL: Conor Casey (Andrew Wenger) 9.
PHL: Fred (Conor Casey, Sheanon Williams) 51.
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Thierry Henry, Ambroise Oyongo) 60.
PHL: Sebastien Le Toux pen. 69.
Att.: 18,541.

Columbus 1 Sporting KC 2

SKC: C.J. Sapong (Benny Feilhaber) 42.
CLB: Igor Juliao (own goal) 69.
SKC: Benny Feilhaber (Jacob Peterson, Igor Juliao) 90+3.
Red Cards: SKC -- Aurelien Collin 59; CLB -- Wil Trapp 89.
Att.: 13,643.

Toronto FC 1 Vancouver 1
VAN: Darren Mattocks (Russell Teibert, Pedro Morales) 50.
TFC: Jermain Defoe pen. 64.
Att.: 22,591.

MLS WEEK 19, Schedule:
Saturday, July 19
6 p.m. ET
Sporting KC vs. LA Galaxy, ESPN2
7 p.m. ET
New York vs. San Jose
7:30 p.m. ET
Columbus vs. Montreal
8:30 p.m. ET
Chicago vs. Philadelphia
9 p.m. ET
FC Dallas vs. New England
Houston vs. Toronto FC
10 p.m. ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver
Sunday, July 20
8 p.m. ET
D.C. United vs. Chivas USA, UDN

MLS Standings:
32 Sporting KC 9-5-5 27/17
31 D.C. United 9-5-4 26/19
25 Toronto FC 7-5-4 24/21
23 New England 7-9-2 24/249
23 New York 5-6-8 31/30
22 Philadelphia 5-8-7 32/34
20 Columbus 4-7-8 21/25
19 Chicago 3-4-10 25/27
18 Houston 5-11-3 20/38
14 Montreal 3-9-5 17/29

38 Seattle 12-4-2 35/24
28 Real Salt Lake 7-4-7 27/24
27 LA Galaxy 7-3-6 25/14
27 Colorado 7-6-6 28/24
26 FC Dallas 7-7-5 30/29
26 Vancouver 6-4-8 28/26
24 Portland 5-6-9 32/33
23 Chivas USA 6-7-5 20/27
16 San Jose 4-8-4 16/18
MLS: Leading Scorers
16+1 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
14 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
13 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
11+1 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
9+2 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
9 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
8 Obafemi Martins, Seattle
7+1 Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia
7+1 Deshorn Brown, Colorado
7+1 Maximiliano Urruti, Portland
7 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
7 Jack McInerney, Montreal
7 Fabian Espindola, D.C. United

1 comment
  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: July 19, 2014 at 12:38 p.m.
    That was an amazing "comeback" second half for Portland. Good for them!

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