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New Mexico United falls to Portland Timbers 2

New Mexico United’s Kevaughn Frater, right, eyes the ball as he stands next to Portland goalie Aljaz Ivacic. (Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers 2)

PORTLAND, Ore. — New Mexico United’s three-match unbeaten streak came to an end against Portland Timbers 2 at Providence Park on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the Timbers 2 grabbed their first win in six matches with a 3-2 victory.

Portland built a 2-0 lead within the first 59 minutes. Foster Langsdorf scored early for Timbers 2 with a goal in the 3rd minute. They went up 2-0 after Ryan Sierakowski found the back of the net in the 58th minute.

NM United did not give in faced with the 2-0 deficit. Devon Sandoval blasted one off of the right post, and Kevaughn Frater couldn’t convert on a penalty kick just a few minutes later.

New Mexico broke through in the 72nd minute when Santi Moar angled a strike past Portland goalie Aljaz Ivacic.

Just two minutes later, the referee awarded Portland a penalty kick, and Todd Wharton converted to put the hosts up, 3-1. David Estrada’s goal at point-blank range in the 87th minute gave the United some hope late in the match, but no third goal would come for the visitors.

New Mexico is tied for fifth in the Western Conference standings of USL Championship, one point ahead of Portland.

The United will play host to Los Angeles Galaxy 2 at Isotopes Park on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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