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Valeri scores, Timbers beat the Red Bulls 2-0

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Published 12:34 a.m. ET Aug. 19, 2017 | Updated 1:32 a.m. ET Aug. 19, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Diego Valeri got his 51st career goal and 51st career assist in the same game.

Valeri, the 18th player in the league to reach 50 of each, scored one goal and assisted on the other in a 2-0 Portland Timbers’ victory over the New York Red Bulls on Friday night.

The Red Bulls, who had won five of their previous six games, rested Bradley Wright-Phillips after a short turnaround because of a U.S. Open Cup semifinal earlier in this week.

Valeri’s goal in the 66th minute tied him with Fanendo Adi for the most in franchise history across all eras. He leads all Portland scorers this season.

“A nice goal, and quality. And we needed it in that moment,” Valeri said. “They were pressing us really well, I think they played in a very aggressive way. We knew we needed to fight for it and we got the result.”

Second-half sub Darren Mattocks added a goal — his…

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