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Urruti leads Timbers past Red Bulls, 2-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 24, 2014 at 9:08 pm •  Published: May 24, 2014
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HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Maximiliano Urruti scored in each half to rally Portland to a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night, extending the Timbers' unbeaten streak to five with only their second win of the season.

Urruti tied it just before halftime and added the winner in the 74th to help Portland improve to 2-3-7 and move out of last place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference.

The Red Bulls (3-5-5) have lost three straight and two in a row at home.

The win was the first for Portland in five meetings between the clubs. The Timbers' only other victory this season came May 3 at home, 3-2 over D.C. United.

After Bradley Wright-Phillips put New York ahead in the 36th, Urruti scored his fourth and fifth goals to lead Portland.

"If you've seen us play this season, we wait until we get punched before we react," Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts said. "It was a nice response from the team."

With less than a minute remaining in the first half, Steve Zakuani sent a simple pass to Urruti just outside the penalty area. The Argentine, who joined Portland in September, had time and space to turn and hit a shot that deflected off of New York defender Armando's shoulder and skip past keeper Luis Robles.

"The first goal was key because we were kind of spread out throughout the pitch," Urruti said through a translator. "It kind of brought us back together again. It was good. We had to go into the locker room and come out more aggressive in the second half."

Urruti added the winner when Jorge Villafana's cross through the 6-yard box deflected off Armando and bounced to the far corner of the goal area. Urruti ran in and drove the free ball into the far side netting.

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