Portland defeats Philadelphia 3-1 in opener

Portland defeats Philadelphia 3-1 in opener

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Kris Boyd #9 of the Portland Timbers dribbles the ball up the field during the second half of the game against the Philadelphia Union at JELD-WEN Field on March 12, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. The Timbers won the game 3-1.

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 7:08 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 13 at 8:04 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Scottish striker Kris Boyd scored the go-ahead goal and the Portland Timbers went on to win their home opener 3-1 over the Philadelphia Union on Monday night.

Boyd's first Major League Soccer goal came off Kalif Alhassan's cross in the 66th minute against Union goalkeeper Zac McMath.

Boyd, the Scottish Premier League's all-time leading scorer, was acquired by the Timbers in the offseason. His goal came with the match tied at 1 after Gabriel Gomez's goal for Philadelphia and Andrew Jean-Baptiste's equalizer earlier in the half.

Alhassan added a goal of his own in the 76th minute in the MLS opener for both teams.
 

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