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Sep 20, 2015 at 10pm UK at ​Jeld-Wen Field
PortlandPortland Timbers
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NY Red BullsNew York Red Bulls
FT(HT: 0-2)
Martins (43'), Perrinelle (45')

Result: New York Red Bulls clasp one hand on MLS Cup spot with Portland Timbers win

New York Red Bulls return top of the Eastern Conference with a comfortable 2-0 win away to Portland Timbers.

New York Red Bulls consolidated their grip on an MLS Cup place after beating Portland Timbers 2-0 at Providence Park to return top of the Eastern Conference.

It took the best part of 22 minutes for either side to threaten, and it came for the visitors when midfielder Sean Davis drilled narrowly wide of the far post.

Portland gradually grew into the contest and would have moved ahead shortly before the half-hour mark if not for goalkeeper Luis Robles, who did well to keep out Diego Valeri.

Robles's stop proved crucial, as Felipe Martins thumped a long-range effort past Adam Kwarasey to seemingly give the visitors a one-goal lead at the break.

However, it got even better for the Red Bulls as Damien Perrinelle climbed above Alvas Powell to loop his header over Kwarasey in the second minute of first-half stoppage time.

On 64 minutes, Valeri came agonisingly close to throwing the hosts a vital lifeline, but his effort rolled just past the post as Red Bulls closed out the win from there.

New York, who also have two games in hand, sit top of the Eastern Conference, eight points clear of fifth-placed Toronto.

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Nat Borchers on March 6, 2012
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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34225762332971
2Atlanta UnitedAtlanta34216770442669
3New York City FCNY City341681059451456
4DC United341491160501051
5Columbus Crew34149114345-251
6Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia34155144950-150
7Montreal ImpactMontreal34144164753-646
8New England RevolutionNew England341011134955-641
9Toronto34106185964-536
10Chicago Fire3488184861-1332
11Orlando City3484224374-3128

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas34188865402562
2Seattle SoundersSeattle341851152371559
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles34169968521657
4Dallas3416995244857
5Portland TimbersPortland35159115450454
6Real Salt LakeSalt Lake34147135558-349
7Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy34139126664248
8Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver34138135467-1347
9Houston DynamoHouston34108165858038
10Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd34113204971-2236
11Colorado RapidsColorado3487193663-2731
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes3449214971-2221

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