Haitian Etienne propels Red Bulls; Reggae Boy Powell scores goal in vain

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — Haiti international Derrick Etienne scored his fourth goal of the Major League Soccer season to help New York Red Bulls to a comfortable win while Reggae Boy Alvas Powell netted his second goal of the campaign, in a losing outcome for Portland Timbers on Saturday.

Playing at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, the 21-year-old Etienne scored in stoppage time at the end after entering as a second-half substitute, capping off a strong second-half surge from the hosts that resulted in a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC.

Alejandro Romero Gamarra had his volley from the top of the 18-yard box saved by goalkeeper Alexander Bono to deny Red Bulls an opening goal in the 10th minute before Lucas Janson was also saved at the other end in the 25th minute.

Goalless at half-time, the stalemate was almost broken in the 50th minute when Tim Parker's header struck the uprights for Red Bulls, but it was Etienne's arrival off the bench in the 67th minute which changed the hosts' fortunes.

His drive down the left in the 70th minute brought the first goal, crossing for Gamarra to bundle in from close range.

Goalkeeper Luis Robles then made two fine saves late on to deny Toronto the equaliser before Etienne capitalised on a defensive blunder, latched on to a long ball from the half-way line to beat Bono with sublime chip from close range from a tight angle on the left.

At TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Powell scored one of two second half goals for Timbers but their comeback came up short in a 3-2 defeat to Minnesota United.

Romario Ibarra scored twice in the first half and Michael Boxall added another as the hosts took a 3-0 lead at the half-time whistle.

Defender Powell then revived the Timbers fortunes 10 minutes after the break when he launched a ferocious 25-yard volley past hapless goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, after a corner kick had found its way back out of the box.

Sebastián Blanco scored the second goal 11 minutes from the end but the Timbers failed to find the elusive equaliser in the time remaining.

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