Saturday, August 22, 2015

Friday MLS: Timbers fight back to draw Dynamo

Portland timbers 2-2 Houston Dynamo
A fairly solid first half for Portland was ruined by a pretty rough five minutes at the end of the first half. After controlling the play and creating the majority of the chances, they conceded at the stroke of 40 minutes by allowing Will Bruin a little too much space along the right edge of the penalty area where he could play off a pass to Oscar Garcia for the tuck in goal. The second Houston goal five minutes later looked very similar. This time it was Bruin himself tucking home the shot from inside the far post after a feed from Brad Davis.

Naturally, Houston was comfortable defending their way through the second half. For the first half hour they did quite well at it, too. Darlington Nagbe got the Timbers on the board in the 76th minute by taking the ball out of a scramble atop the penalty area, darting out wide, and placing a shot inside the far post for his second goal of the season. Lucas Melano tipped home an attempt by Diego Valeri in the 86th minute to level the score. It was the Argentine's first MLS goal.

Portland had to weather a slight storm as stoppage time hit in the second half. Diego Chara threw an elbow on Erik Torres to earn himself straight red. Thankfully for the Timbers, Houston was unable to capitalize in the three minutes they had a man advantage.

The draw does more damage to the playoff hopes of Houston than it does to Portland. They are still three points back of the final Western Conference playoff spot. Portland moves into a tie for fourth with Sporting Kansas City with eight matches left in the regular season.

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