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Providence Park, Portland

Attendance: 20438

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Portland Timbers

  • Darlington Nagbe 48'
  • Darlington Nagbe 65'

2 - 3


Real Salt Lake

  • Alvaro Saborío 39' PEN
  • Jonny Steele 89'
  • Kyle Beckerman 90' +3'

Real Salt Lake rallies to defeat Timbers 3-2


AP Sports Writer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Kyle Beckerman's goal in stoppage time

capped a furious come-from-behind rally for Real Salt Lake in a

3-2 victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.

Jonny Steele, a late substitute, got the ball past diving

Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins in the 89th minute after RSL

(3-1-0) fell behind 2-1 in the second half. Beckerman's goal

then stunned the sellout crowd at Jeld-Wen Field.

"I felt like we were going to score but I don't want to say too

much as I would have been happy with a tie," RSL coach Jason

Kreis said. "However, I felt that the third goal was a little

bit of a gift and I walked away with a smile on my face."

Darlington Nagbe scored two goals for the Timbers (1-2-1),

becoming the first Portland player with multiple goals in a game

since Jorge Perlaza had a pair in the Timbers' home opener last

year, their inaugural MLS season.

"It's crazy how momentum changes," Nagbe said with a shrug.

Alvaro Saborio, returning to the starting lineup for the first

time this season, scored on a penalty kick in the first half for

RSL, which was opening a stretch of three matches in eight days.

The Timbers controlled the ball early on and Perlaza came close

to scoring in the 32nd minute, but the ball caught the side

netting. Real Salt Lake went up 1-0 in the 39th on Saborio's

penalty kick after Portland defender Rodney Wallace was called

for a hand ball in the box.

The Timbers tied it in the 48th minute when Nagbe's kick from

out in front of the box sailed between two RSL defenders and

past goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

After his second goal in the 65th flew over Rimando's

outstretched arms, Nagbe pumped his arm before running toward

coach John Spencer for a team celebration at the sideline.

But after the game, it was all disappointment for the Timbers.

"I think we had a good game plan, but we got caught sleeping a

couple of times," Timbers midfielder Eric Alexander said.

Kreis called Portland "dynamic," even in the loss.

"Eric Alexander was everywhere tonight causing a lot of problems

for us. He was coming inside and making things look different.

Nagbe as well caused us trouble by getting inside and behind

Beckerman to cause plays in the first and second half," Kreis

said. "If I was John (Spencer) I'd be really pleased with my

group because I thought they played really well."

RSL was at its healthiest since the start of the season.

Defender Nat Borchers made his debut with the team after sitting

out with a left quadriceps strain. Saborio and midfielder Javier

Morales were also back in RSL's starting lineup after offseason

surgery, and midfielder Will Johnson made his season debut after

recovering from a strained groin.

The Timbers, meanwhile, were missing a few players, including

midfielder Kalif Alhassan, out with a groin strain, and forward

Eddie Johnson and defender Hanyer Mosquera, who both have


Spencer seemed just as stunned as the crowd after the match.

"It's a cruel game sometimes, and tonight is one of those

games," he said.

Last season the Timbers downed RSL 1-0 in Portland before

playing to a 1-all draw in Utah in October.

Both teams were coming off losses: Portland fell 1-0 at New

England last weekend and RSL lost 1-0 at home to Chivas USA.

The Timbers Army supporters group urged fans to wear hoodies to

the game in support of the international "Show Racism the Red

Card" movement.

Some criticized the move, claiming that it appeared to be a

statement in the Trayvon Martin case. The Florida teenager's

death has sparked a debate about whether hooded sweat shirts

present a negative image.

Martin, 17, was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla., last month by

a neighborhood watch volunteer who has claimed self-defense and

has not been arrested. Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was


A sellout crowd of 20,438 fans attended the match.

Scoring Summary

  • Portland Timbers
  • Real Salt Lake
(pen 39') Alvaro Saborío
(89') Jonny Steele
(90 + 3') Kyle Beckerman

Match Stats

  • Portland Timbers
  • Real Salt Lake
14(8) Shots (on goal) 17(8)
8 Fouls 11
5 Corner kicks 3
3 Offsides 3
39% Time of Possession 61%
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
5 Saves 6


  • Portland Timbers
  • Real Salt Lake
Yellow Cards
Kyle Beckerman (90 + 2')