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September 24, 2011 7:35 PM EDT
Red Bull Arena — Harrison, New Jersey
Referee:‬ A. Prus‎
Attendance:‬ 25008‎
 
 
66′ Luke Rodgers
 

New York Red Bulls 2-0 Portland Timbers: Richards and Rodgers score for New York

Dane Richards and Luke Rodgers secured an important win for the Red Bulls on Saturday night.

By Allen Ramsey

Red Bulls vs Portland - Dane Richards
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The New York Red Bulls took a crucial 2-0 win from Portland on Saturday night, jumping the Timbers and taking the driver's seat in the race for the playoffs.

Dane Richards scored in the 21st minute with a brilliant solo run and a nice finish to give New York and early lead.

The Red Bulls managed to keep the clean sheet despite some very nervous moments, and in the 66th Luke Rodgers put the match away from the penalty spot after a Thierry Henry shot was handled in the box.

The win leaves the Red Bulls in sole possession of the tenth and final playoff spot for the moment, but will face a tricky road test next week against Toronto.

"With the drama of the week, we wanted to step up and show everyone that everything is fine," Tim Ream said.

The Timbers will face off with Vancouver next Sunday at BC Place. "We're going to try to get into the playoffs for our fans," Kenny Cooper said. "I think they deserve it."

Additional reporting contributed by David Katz


New York Red Bulls

1
Frank Rost
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
Carlos Mendes
Defender
 - 
5
Tim Ream
Defender
 - 
22
Stephen Keel
Defender
 - 
-
Jan Gunnar Solli
Midfielder
 - 
-
Joel Lindpere
Midfielder
83′
 - 
28
Teemu Tainio
Midfielder
 - 
11
Dax McCarty
Midfielder
 - 
-
Dane Richards
Midfielder
21′ 94′
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19
Luke Rodgers
Striker
66′ 75′
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14
Thierry Henry
Striker
 - 

Portland Timbers

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1
Troy Perkins
Goalkeeper
 - 
98
 - 
2
 - 
-
 - 
21
 - 
13
 - 
5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
 - 
11
Kalif Alhassan
Midfielder
64′
 - 
12
Eric Alexander
Midfielder
46′
 - 
6
 - 
33

Substitutes

23
Bouna Coundoul
Goalkeeper
 - 
7
R. Miller
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
-
Matt Kassel
Midfielder
 - 
14
 - 
21
Brian Nielsen
Midfielder
 - 
16
J. Agudelo
Striker
75′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
90
Jake Gleeson
Goalkeeper
 - 
18
David Horst
Defender
 - 
14
James Marcelin
Midfielder
 - 
11
 - 
22
 - 
7
 - 
9
J. Perlaza
Striker
71′

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Striker
Chivas USA
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Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
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4 1