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By RYAN TOLMICH
With his side down a goal against the San Jose Earthquakes, Rodney Wallace took matters into his own hands to almost singlehandedly keep the Portland Timbers playoff push alive.
Wallace scored a pair of goals in three minutes to erase a one-goal deficit as the Timbers topped the Earthquakes, 2-1, Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The midfielder scored the equalizing goal in the 71st minute via a looping effort that left Earthquakes Jon Busch helpless. Just moments later, Wallace netted what turned out to be the gamewinner by deflecting home a header from Liam Ridgewell off of a corner.
Wallace’s goalscoring contributions helped the Timbers keep pace in the playoff race, earning the midfielder recognition as SBI MLS Player of the Week. Wallace beat out Sebastian Fernandez, Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins for this week’s honors.
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