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  • August 19, 2012
  • • 7:10 PM
  • • Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey
  • Referee: J. Anno
  • • Attendance: 19043
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New York Red Bulls 3-2 Portland Timbers: Tim Cahill scores first MLS goal

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

Rich Schultz

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

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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