PORTLAND, Ore. -- After Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon directed a slur at Will Johnson, the Timbers midfielder responded with the game-winning goal. Johnson's goal on a free kick in the 78th minute gave Portland a 1-0 win on Sunday night. It was the Timbers' second straight victory, moving the team to 2-1-3 under new coach Caleb Porter. Gordon was ejected in the second half after receiving a pair of yellow cards involving fouls on other players. But minutes earlier, he was seen on the television broadcast using a slur toward Johnson. After the match, Gordon released a statement through the team.
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