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March 3, 2013 7:52 PM EST
Providence Park — Portland, Oregon
Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
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Portland Timbers 3-3 New York Red Bulls: Thrilling opening draw

Six goals split evenly saw Portland and New York walk away with a share of the spoils from the opening game of the season.

By Allen Ramsey

Portland and New York split six goals and several defensive blunders to walk away with a 3-3 draw as each team opened their 2013 MLS seasons.

Former Real Salt Lake players Fabián Espíndola and Jámison Olave had New York up 3-1 before halftime, with Espíndola opening the scoring in just the ninth minute. A blunder from Mikaël Silvestre, his first on the night, paved the way for Espíndola to tap home after what looked like a back pass from the defender to goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts handcuffed the Jamaican and left the goal gaping.

New Portland signing Diego Valeri pulled his club back level five minutes later with a brilliantly taken goal, playing a one-two and tapping the ball to himself before taking it off his chest and finishing with the outside of his foot all in one fluid motion.

New York was back in front 10 minutes later however, and once again Silvestre played a big part. The French defender failed to control a seemingly harmless ball forward and Espíndola took full advantage, surging past him and slotting home his second of the night.

Olave got in on the act five minutes later, tapping home a cross from Heath Pearce to give New York what looked like a commanding lead.

But New York did what New York does, and the lead would slip away in the second half. Valeri's pounded shot in the 56th minute rebounded nicely for Darlington Nagbe to tap home, starting the rally. Then, with time winding down, a series of dangerous balls ended up with Jose Valencia's shot coming off of Olave and ending up in the New York net.

Despite a late push, Portland couldn't finish off the comeback with a win and had to settle for a thrilling draw to open the season.


Portland Timbers

1
Donovan Ricketts
Goalkeeper
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-
Ryan Miller
Defender
72′
 - 
5
 - 
16
 - 
18
 - 
4
Will Johnson
Midfielder
 - 
8
Diego Valeri
Midfielder
14′
 - 
21
 - 
11
Kalif Alhassan
Midfielder
73′
 - 
6
 - 
-
Ryan Johnson
Striker
 - 

New York Red Bulls

 - 
32
L. Robles
Goalkeeper
 - 
44
 - 
4
 - 
7
R. Miller
Defender
 - 
27
 - 
-
Juninho
Midfielder
 - 
11
Dax McCarty
Midfielder
 - 
17
Tim Cahill
Midfielder
 - 
21
Ruben Bover
Midfielder
67′
 - 
9
 - 
14

Substitutes

90
Jake Gleeson
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
11
 - 
14
Ben Zemanski
Midfielder
 - 
17
 - 
22
 - 
20
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
24
 - 
-
 - 
16
Connor Lade
Defender
 - 
12
Eric Alexander
Midfielder
93′
 - 
22
 - 
26
 - 
17

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2