Gordon strikes late as Rapids beat Timbers




COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Alan Gordon came on in the 80th minute and scored nine minutes later to give the Colorado Rapids a 2-1 comeback victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.

Gordon headed in a cross over a defender for his second straight late winner in MLS play. He ripped off his jersey and went into the crowd to celebrate, for which he was given a yellow card.

On June 3, Gordon entered late and scored in the 86th in a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew.

Colorado tied it on Dominique Badji’s fourth goal of the season in the 51st minute. Kevin Doyle threaded a pass between two defenders, and Badji chipped it over charging goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.

Sebastian Blanco gave Portland (7-6-3) the lead in the 18th minute.

The Rapids (5-8-1) have won three straight MLS matches.


Portland 1 0–1

Colorado 0 2–2

First half–1, Portland, Blanco, 2, 18th minute.

Second half–2, Colorado, Badji, 4 (Doyle), 51st. 3, Colorado, Gordon, 2 (Saeid), 89th.

Goalies–Portland, Jake Gleeson; Colorado, Tim Howard.

Yellow Cards–Valeri, Portland, 62nd; Gordon, Colorado, 90th.

Referee–Baldomero Toledo. Assistant Referees–Frank Anderson, Jonathan Johnson. 4th Official–Nima Saghafi.

A–15,461 (18,061)


Portland–Jake Gleeson; Vytautas Andriuskevicius (Jeremy Ebobisse, 91st), Roy Miller, Zarek Valentin (Alvas Powell, 81st); Sebastian Blanco, Diego Chara, Lawrence Olum, Diego Valeri; Fanendo Adi, Dairon Asprilla (Amobi Okugo, 82nd), Darlington Nagbe.

Colorado–Tim Howard; Kortne Ford, Marlon Hairston, Axel Sjoberg, Jared Watts (Dillon Serna, 54th), Mike da Fonte; Mike Azira, Josh Gatt (Alan Gordon, 80th), Mohammed Saeid; Dominique Badji (Caleb Calvert, 72nd), Kevin Doyle.