Phoenix rises up to defeat Timbers 2
Phoenix Rising scored twice in second-half stoppage time to beat Portland 4-2 in United Soccer League Championship play at Phoenix, Arizona.
It was the eighth consecutive win for Rising FC, at 10-2-5 (35 points), which is six points in front of second-place Reno 1868 FC in the Western Conference.
Portland, playing its fourth match in 14 days, is tied for fourth place at 7-4-6 (27).
Cristian Ojeda and Brayan Hurtado scored for T2.
Left back Amadou Dia was the hero for Phoenix. He tied the match at 2-2 in the 62nd minute, eluding several defenders while dribbling into the box for a close-range finish. He scored the winner in the fourth minute of added time when he beat three Portland players to a far-post ball for the go-ahead header.
Solomon Asante scored twice on penalty kicks for Phoenix, to the delight of 6,372 fans at Casino Arizona Field. He converted in the 32nd minute and again at the end of the game as he scored in his seventh consecutive match.
Ojeda tied the score at 1-1 in the 37th minute, following his own shot that was blocked. Hurtado put Portland ahead just after halftime. A shot by Foster Langsdorf was blocked but fell to Hurtado.
Moments before his winner, Dia made a key block to deny Portland a potential winner.
Through 54 holes of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, former Oregon Ducks Aaron Wise and Wyndham Clark were tied for 19th and tied for 25th, respectively.
Wise shot a 5-under-par 67 in the third round for an 11-under 205 total.
Clark had a 68 and was at 206.
Nate Lashley remained the leader and fired a 63 to go six strokes in front of second-place J.T. Poston.
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