Felipe and Damien Perrinelle scored and the New York Red Bulls beat the Portland Timbers 2–0 on Sunday to become the first MLS team to clinch a playoff spot. The Red Bulls moved into first in the Eastern Conference.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Felipe and
New York (14–8–6) moved into first place in the
Portland (11–10–8) remained sixth in the
Felipe opened the scoring in the 43rd minute. After receiving a throw-in near midfield, the midfielder slowly dribbled toward the goal. With no defenders applying pressure, Felipe had time to measure his shot from 30 yards and blasted the ball over goalkeeper
New York nearly scored a minute later when a corner kick wasn't cleared and a header was sent toward the goal, but defender
The second goal came a few seconds later, when
New York goalkeeper