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Real Salt Lake: Late goals steal win for RSL in Portland

Published: Saturday, March 31 2012 10:26 p.m. MDT

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 31: Kyle Beckerman #5 of Real Salt Lake kicks the winning goal in stoppage time against the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field on March 31, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images

Midfielders Johnny Steele and Kyle Beckerman each scored in the last four minutes of the match as Real Salt Lake stole a 3-2 comeback victory over the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Stadium in Portland on Saturday night.

RSL led 1-0 at halftime through an Alvaro Saborio penalty kick, awarded after Portland handled the ball in their own penalty area. But a pair of fantastic strikes by Timbers forward Darlington Nagbe left Portland in charge of the match until the final moments.

Steele came on as a late second-half substitute and immediately made his presence felt as RSL threw numbers forward in search of an equalizer. His 89th-minute shot dove inside the near post after deft touches from teammates Will Johnson and Javier Morales.

Beckerman capped the game in stoppage time with a strong volley that flew past Portland keeper Troy Perkins and into the corner of the net.

RSL improved their record to 3-1-0 (9 points) with the win. Portland fell to 1-2-1 (4 points).

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