What we learnt in Portland’s crucial win against the New York Red Bulls


Maximiliano Urruti stole the show with two goals for Portland Timbers as they came back to seal a 2-1 win over New York Red Bulls. Here are the key talking points to take away:

1. Bradley Wright-Phillips is lethal.

It may seem obvious, but New York Red Bulls simply cannot afford to lose Bradley Wright-Phillips if they want to have a successful season. Should he get injured, you fear for where they are going to get their spark from. He is the joint top goalscorer in MLS alongside Dom Dwyer of Sporting Kansas City following his penalty on Saturday. The English forwards have both notched 10 goals already this season. His link up play with Thierry Henry is improving by the week and the duo have plenty of goals in them.

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Wright-Phillips moved back to the top of the goalscoring chart alongside Dom Dwyer on Saturday night (Photo: Smiley N. Pool/AP)

2. A tale of two goalkeepers.

Donovan Ricketts of Portland Timbers had a great game between the sticks as he made numerous crucial saves to deny Bradley Wright-Phillips and Thierry Henry. On the flip side, New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles, who is usually so reliable, had another below par game, and a nightmare moment in conceding the first goal.

3. Maximiliano Urruti is a very exciting player.

The 23-year-old is certainly a player to watch. Not only did he bag himself two goals but he was lively all game, and caused real problems for the New York Red Bulls defence. You can see him going on to score a lot of goals this season if his form continues. That’s four in four for the Argentine and he was undoubtedly man of the match against New York.

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(Photo: Urruti is in fine form and looking dangerous for Portland)

New York Red Bulls have now lost three on the spin, and will face another stern test as they look to make amends when they travel to Sporting Kansas City on Tuesday, who sit in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. The Red Bulls fall to 6th and must turn things around quickly.

Portland Timbers will hope to make it two wins out of two on Wednesday when they face Chivas USA, who sit at the bottom of the Western Conference. Portland are now unbeaten in five and will hope to move into a playoff spot with a win on Wednesday.

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