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August 19, 2012 7:10 PM EDT
Red Bull Arena — Harrison, New Jersey
Referee:‬ J. Anno‎
Attendance:‬ 19043‎
 

New York Red Bulls 3-2 Portland Timbers: Tim Cahill scores first MLS goal

The Red Bulls surged back from two goals down to beat the visiting Timbers 3-2 thanks to a late Heath Pearce goal.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Tim Cahill, New York Red Bulls; Franck Songo'o, Portland Timbers; MLS
Rich Schultz
Tim Cahill scored his first MLS goal to help the New York Red Bulls rally to a 3-2 win over the Portland Timbers. The visiting side had rushed to a two-goal lead, but New York clawed back and eventually won thanks to Heath Pearce's late header.

Sal Zizzo assisted both of Portland's goals. In the eighth minute he did a few step-overs in the box and slipped the ball through several defenders for Bright Dike to open the scoring.

For the second, Zizzo stripped Roy Miller deep in the Timbers half and instigated a swift counterattack by feeding Frank Songo'o along the left flank. Songo'o skipped infield and passed to Zizzo, who pushed a quick pass into the path of Darlington Nagbe. Bill Guadette rushed off his line but couldn't cut down the angle in time to prevent Nagbe from scoring.

Hans Backe reacted immediately, yanking Miller from the game and inserting Kenny Cooper. Cooper took six minutes to score his team-leading 14th goal of the season. Jan Gunnar Solli stood the ball up in the box and Cooper headed home against his former club.

Tim Cahill scored his first MLS goal to bring the Red Bulls level before the half. Dax McCarty's long-range shot pinged off a defender's arm in the box. As referee Jason Anno was whistling for a penalty, Cahill one-timed a volley into the back of the net. Anno decided to count the goal instead.

With 10 minutes remaining, New York finally took the lead. Cooper kept a corner alive, pushing it back to Solli, who dumped it into the box. Pearce rose and snapped a powerful header on target, securing all three points.

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New York Red Bulls

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Bill Gaudette
Goalkeeper
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44
Heath Pearce
Defender
83′
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-
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7
R. Miller
Defender
36′
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Jan Gunnar Solli
Midfielder
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16
Connor Lade
Defender
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11
Dax McCarty
Midfielder
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17
Tim Cahill
Midfielder
45′
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Joel Lindpere
Midfielder
73′
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11
Sebastien Le Toux
Midfielder
90′
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14
Thierry Henry
Striker
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Portland Timbers

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1
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18
David Horst
Defender
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26
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27
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H. Mosquera
Defender
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11
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F. Songo'o
Midfielder
82′
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13
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21
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6
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7

Substitutes

31
L. Robles
Goalkeeper
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2
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-
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22
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28
Teemu Tainio
Midfielder
73′
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26
 - 
33
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Substitutes

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12
Joe Bendik
Goalkeeper
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98
 - 
12
Eric Alexander
Midfielder
 - 
5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
59′
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11
Michael Fucito
Midfielder
74′
 - 
9
Kris Boyd
Striker
 - 
22

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Coach/Manager

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  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
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  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
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E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
Striker
NY Red Bulls
4 1