Red Bulls Draw With Defending Champs Portland

In their only meeting of the season, New York Red Bulls and Portland Timbers played to a 0-0 draw at Red Bull Arena.

For New York, it was the fifth consecutive league game without win, dating back to the Red Bulls 2-0 home win over Seattle Sounders on June 19.

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New York is now 7-9-3 and in fourth place of the Eastern Conference while Portland is 6-6-7 and in seventh in the Western Conference. The Red Bulls return to the pitch Wednesday when the welcome Orlando City SC.

Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch felt the overall play of the game was sloppy, saying the connections weren’t quite there like normal.

“I think for us to get a shutout in a game like this was really important,” he said. “To play against a good team and get Damien (Perrinelle) back on the field can be a starting point and a hallmark of what we do as a tea from here on forward.”

Starting goalkeepers Luis Robles and Jake Gleeson were not overly busy during the course of the 90 minutes, but each came up with solid stops to record their respective clean sheets. Gleeson had a couple of key saves for the Timbers in the second half, including one on chance from Felipe inside the penalty area in the 77th minute. Robles, meanwhile, made a big block on Lucas Melano early in the match.