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Lod, Jeong rally Minnesota United to 2-1 victory over Timbers

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Minnesota United midfielder Will Trapp (20) and Portland Timbers midfielder David Ayala (24) vie for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, May 18, 2024, in St. Paul, Minn.
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Robin Lod scored the equalizer in the second half and notched an assist Sang-Bin Jeong's winner as Minnesota United rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.

Portland (3-7-4) jumped in front in the 17th minute and took a 1-0 lead into halftime after Jonathan Rodríguez used an assist from David Ayala to find the net for the fifth time this season. Rodríguez scored two of the Timbers' four goals after the 70th minute in a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday.

Lod pulled Minnesota United (7-2-3) even in the 65th minute with his fourth goal — to go along with nine assists — this season. Joseph Rosales picked up an assist on the equalizer.

Jeong came through with the go-ahead goal in the 82nd minute, using assists from Lod and DJ Taylor to score his first of the campaign. Jeong, a second-year forward, had one goal and one assist in nine starts and 23 appearances last season.

Dayne St. Clair turned away five shots on target for Minnesota United. Maxime Crépeau had four saves for the Timbers.

Minnesota United, coming off a 2-2 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy, improves to 4-0-1 in its last five matches.

Portland was looking for its second road win under first-year manager Phil Neville.

Minnesota United travels to play the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. The Timbers return home to host Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

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