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Red Bulls, Timbers settle for goal-less draw

Photo by Brad Penner/USA Today Sports
Photo by Brad Penner/USA Today Sports

HARRISON, N.J.— The New York Red Bulls controlled much of Sunday’s match against the Portland Timbers when it came down to possession, but neither team could finish their scoring chances at Red Bull Arena.

For the fourth consecutive match, the Red Bulls failed to capture a victory as Jesse Marsch and co. settled for a 0-0 tie against the Timbers. The road side Timbers came away from the game unbeaten in their last seven MLS matches, but still winless on the road.

The game’s first big chance came in the 11th minute, when Lucas Melano forced an acrobatic save out of Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles. The Timbers were pinned back six minutes later off of a set piece situation, and Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson made an impressive save of his own following Felipe’s powerful strike.

While the second half started out without much of a rhythm, the Timbers nearly bagged the opener in the 56th minute. The ball fell to Ben Zemanski at the top of the box, before the Timbers midfielder struck a superb volley off the crossbar.

The Red Bulls struggled to find chances in the second half, but Felipe almost broke the deadlock with 12 minutes remaining after the Brazilian found himself one-on-one against Gleeson. The keeper made himself big, though, keeping the 24-year-old midfielder off the board.

Timbers attacker Darren Mattocks was forced out of the match just three minutes in after an awkward landing from Connor Lade’s sliding challenge.The Red Bulls had an injury concern of their own in the first half, as centerback Gideon Baah was carted off the field with an unknown leg injury. Veteran defender Damien Perrinelle made his return for the home side, replacing Baah in the 22nd minute.

Following Sunday’s tie, the Red Bulls will be back in action at home on Wednesday night against Orlando City SC, while the Timbers will host the Montreal Impact later that evening.


With a little help from the post, Red Bulls keeper Luis Robles did enough to give the home side a share of the points.


The Red Bulls had their chances limited on Sunday, however, Felipe nearly gave the home side the winner in the 78th minute when the midfielder found himself in front of goal. Keeper Jake Gleeson held his ground, though, making an important stop.


Felipe will rue his missed opportunities on the night, though he wasn’t the only player to squander a scoring chance.


  1. My preferred scheduled time is Saturday night but Sunday night isn’t bad if it’s somewhat early like last night. The game against Seattle a few weeks ago didn’t kick off until about 8pm on a Sunday which is kind of late to be getting home on a work night. What I don’t get is all the Sunday afternoon games coming up starting with the derby on the 24th at 1. Whose idea was it to play in the middle of the day during the middle of the summer? Same thing happened for the last derby at Yankee Stadium – noon kickoff. I guess it’s for TV.

  2. I went to the game last night and I really like the Sunday night games. Makes it easier for us non-Jersey folks to get back home at a decent time, and still be a weekend.

    Overall, pretty good entertaining game for a zero zero tie. Fireplace normally buries one of those. We were clearly the better team.

  3. Another Sunday night game at RBA,…so I stayed home and watched the Euro Final and NYCFC v SKC. What’s with all these Sunday night games? Now,…a mid-week game on Wednesday. Is it a coincidence that the stadium is half empty?

    • I didn’t go either, but the final was at 3, and you could have watched it in screens set up at the arena before the 6:00 match.


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