Thomas McNamara scored in the 65th minute to give New York City FC a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Sunday, and more MLS capsules.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Thomas McNamara scored in the 65th minute to give
McNamara's 20-yard shot curled around goalkeeper
"I think today we showed a different side of our game. I think we showed how determined the team was and how hard they're working for each other," New York City coach Patrick Vieira said. "I was really pleased with our team spirit, because there are not many teams that'll come here and win games. But I was really proud of the team, because of the character we showed tonight."
Portland coach Caleb Porter had a more frustrated verdict on the game.
"Cruel. It was as cruel a game as I've been a part of. The reason I feel bad is I thought we dominated the game, from start to finish. I thought we were excellent," Porter said. "By far, our best performance of the year on both sides of the ball, the energy we played with. And I it's cruel because I thought, for our guys to put in the effort that they put in today, to not get anything out of the game is very cruel. I thought it's a travesty the way it played out."
NYCFC (4-3-4) took the lead in the 12th minute under controversial circumstances. Defender RJ Allen appeared to use his hands to knock the ball away from
"I think Hilario Grajeda is one of the best refs in the league. I have a lot of respect for him," Porter said. "After the game, he admitted he didn't see it, but how does the fourth (official) not see it? That's what they're there for. That was a blatant handball. You could see it from miles away. And how four guys miss it, I don't know."
Portland (3-6-3) tied it in the 55th minute.
New York has won three straight, tied for the longest in the team's short history, to move into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with Montreal, at 16 points.
Meanwhile Portland, the defending
Portland also saw its injury list grow. Already missing
Sporting KC 2, Orlando City 1
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Peterson's goal came on a cross from
Despite being outplayed, Orlando City (2–3–5) scored first. On a corner kick in the 67th minute,
Kansas City drew even in the 74th minute.
Orlando City (2–3–5) has a six-game winless streak.