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Evander’s late goal sends Timbers past NYCFC 2-1

Portland snags three points on road with goal in 97th minute

The Columbian
Published: March 9, 2024, 9:59pm
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Portland Timbers defender Kamal Miller (4) tracks down a ball against the New York City FC during an MLS soccer match, Saturday, March 9, 2024, in New York.
Portland Timbers defender Kamal Miller (4) tracks down a ball against the New York City FC during an MLS soccer match, Saturday, March 9, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) Photo Gallery

NEW YORK — Evander found the top right corner of the goal from distance in the final moments of stoppage time and the Portland Timbers spoiled NYCFC’s home opener with a 2-1 win on Saturday.

NYCFC led for most of the contest until Antony took a pass from Juan Mosquera — and from the middle of the box — put it high in the center of the goal at the 85th-minute to level the score at 1.

Antony provided the assist on the match-winner in the 97th minute. It was the latest game-tinning goal in Timbers’ history.

“Evander grabbed hold of the game, and you saw the benefit today of having a DP (Designated Player) that is without doubt high, high quality,” Portland coach Phil Neville said.

Santiago Rodríguez scored NYCFC’s first goal of the season at the 10-minute mark, scoring on a shot from the right side of the box.

NYCFC edged Portland 6-3 in shots on goal and had 11 shot attempts to nine for the Timbers (2-0-1).

The Timbers have scored eight goals this season, their first under Neville.

NYFC (0-3-0) started the season with a 1-0 loss against Charlotte FC on the road on Feb. 24 and followed that with a March 2 road loss in which St. Louis City SC beat it 2-0.

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