Timbers drop key road game at New York 2-0


HARRISON, N.J. - The Portland Timbers' bid for the MLS playoffs took a hit Saturday with a 2-0 road loss to the New York Red Bulls.

New York scored in the 21st minute and added a penalty kick in the 66th, as Portland fell to 1-9-4 away from Jeld-Wen Field.

The Timbers are 10-13-7 overall and a couple of points out of the 10th and final playoff spot in the 18-team league.

New York's scoring from Dane Richards on a long run and then Luke Rodgers on the PK after the Timbers were called for a hand ball in the penalty box on a shot by Thierry Henry of the Red Bulls (8-7-15).

Portland midfielder Kalif Alhassan, who was sent off with a red card after the hand ball, had just fired a shot off the crossbar, with teammate Kenny Cooper sending a follow-up shot also off the goal.

The Timbers' next game, minus Alhassan, will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 at Vancouver.