Duncan, Royer Lift New York Past Portland, 2-0
The New York Red Bulls (13-13-5, 44 pts) stole three road points as they defeated the Portland Timbers (13-13-4, 43 pts), 2-0, on Wednesday at Providence Park.
New York snapped its three-match losing streak and put itself in position to clinch a playoff spot before Sunday. Following the win, New York can clinch a spot in the Audi MLS playoffs for the 10th consecutive season with a Montreal loss at LA Galaxy, Chicago loss at FC Cincinnati and either an Orlando City SC tie or loss at Houston.
The Red Bulls recorded their third road cleansheet and seventh overall in 2019.
New York tallied its first win in Portland since 2015.
The Red Bulls sit just one point out from hosting a playoff game.
Kyle Duncan opened the scoring ledger for New York just three minutes in as he found a loose ball in the box and launched it past Steve Clark.
In stoppage time, Daniel Royer put in the insurance goal as he converted a penalty kick opportunity.
Duncan not only tallied his first career MLS goal, but became New York's 18th different goal scorer in league play.
The Red Bulls tied the MLS single-season record with 18 different goal scorers, which was set by D.C. United in 2016.
Royer scored his 10th league goal of the season to move into sole possession of the team lead. The Austrian winger has recorded at least 10 goals in three consecutive seasons.
Royer improved to 10-for-11 at the penalty spot for his career.
Marc Rzatkowski recorded his eighth MLS assist, which is a new single-season high. Rzatkowski has tallied an assist in back-to-back matches.
Josh Sims recorded his first career MLS assist in his fourth match with New York.
Luis Robles needed just three saves to tally his seventh MLS cleansheet of 2018 and 70th career league shutout overall.
Robles moved into a three-way tie for fifth all-time in goalkeeper wins with 113.
Head coach Chris Armas improved to 25-16-8 all-time at the helm.
New York improved to 42-45-19 all-time in the month of September. New York has scored 159 goals in September and allowed 173.
New York returns to the East Coast for back-to-back home matches, beginning with the Philadelphia Union on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET with coverage on MSG, MSG Go and New York Red Bulls Radio.
New York Red Bulls 2, Portland Timbers 0
2019 MLS Regular-Season Match 31
Wednesday - 10:30 p.m. ET
Providence Park | Portland, Oregon
NY - Kyle Duncan 1 (Sims, Rzatkowski) 3'
NY - Daniel Royer 10 (PK) 90'+6'
POR - Diego Chara (caution, unsporting behavior) 76'
POR - Jorge Moreira (caution, unsporting behavior) 90'+3'
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles ©; Kemar Lawrence, Tim Parker, Aaron Long, Kyle Duncan, Cristian Casseres, Jr., Josh Sims (Sean Nealis, 86'), Sean Davis, Marc Rzatkowski, Alex Muyl (Daniel Royer, 68'), Tom Barlow (Bradley Wright-Phillips, 77')
TOTAL SHOTS: 19; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 10; OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 3
Portland Timbers: Steve Clark; Bill Tuiloma, Claude Dielna, Jorge Moreira, Jorga Villafaña (Marvin Loría, 86'), Brian Fernandez, Cristhian Paredes (Sebastian Blanco, 73'), Diego Chara, Diego Valeri, Tomás Conechny (Andy Polo, 81'), Jeremy Ebobisee
TOTAL SHOTS: 15; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 14; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 3
Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Eric Weisbrod, Chris Wattam
4th Official: Joe Dickerson
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic
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