Ten-Man Timbers Earn 2-2 Draw against Colorado Rapids at Providence Park
PORTLAND, Ore. - Playing with 10 men for the final 35 minutes of the match, the Portland Timbers earned a 2-2 draw against the Colorado Rapids in front of 25,218 fans at Providence Park on Saturday night.
Portland (7-8-3, 24pts) extended its unbeaten streak in all competitions to four games, with a record of 3-0-1. At home, the Timbers are unbeaten in their last four matches across all competitions, outscoring opponents 11-2 during that span.
The Timbers are unbeaten in their last five matches (3-0-2) against Colorado. At Providence Park, Portland is 8-1-1 all-time against the Rapids and, with the draw, remain unbeaten in its last nine home matches against Colorado. In the 10 meetings between the two clubs at Providence Park, the Timbers have outscored the Rapids, 18-6. Notably, Diego Valeri has recorded eight goals in 14 career matches against the Rapids, scoring in each of the last six meetings.
Valeri notched his fifth goal of the season in the match. He is the third Timbers player this season to score five or more goals, joining Jeremy Ebobisse and Brian Fernandez. Valeri has 73 goals for his MLS career, which is tied for 24th most in MLS history.
In the 18th minute, Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark made an early stop, diving to his left to get a hand to a low, hard shot from the edge of the box by Colorado's Kei Kamara.
Portland secured a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute of the match. Valeri served a corner into the center of the box and Rapids defender Tommy Smith recorded an own goal, heading the ball into Colorado's goal.
Less than a minute later, the Rapids leveled the match as Jonathan Lewis scored from inside the box. Kamara played a cross from the right side through the box that deflected off the head of Jorge Moreira and landed for Lewis, who curled his shot into the right corner of the goal in the 28th minute.
Pushing for a second goal, Sebastián Blanco dribbled down the right side of the field and cut back to the center of the goal, firing a curling strike toward the top left corner of the goal, but Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard jumped to push the ball wide of the post in the 30th minute.
Clark was called into action twice in the 44th minute, first diving all the way back across the goal to deny Andre Shinyashiki near the right post, pushing his shot off the post. Seconds later, the ball was crossed back into the center of the box for Kamara, who sent a diving header near the penalty spot toward goal, and again Clark made the save.
In the 45th minute, Kamara settled a cross inside the box and fired a shot through traffic to the bottom, left corner of the goal, forcing Clark to make another diving stop to his right as he parried the shot away.
Playing with 10 men after Julio Cascante was sent off in the 55th minute, the Timbers took a 2-1 lead in the 63rd minute. Colorado was whistled for a handball in the box and Valeri converted from the penalty spot.
Blanco came close to increasing the Timbers lead in the 68th minute. After Fernandez played a pass across the edge of the box, the ball bounced up to Blanco and he unleashed a strike from distance that went just over the crossbar.
Clark made another stop in the 72nd minute. Making a run down the left side of the box, Nicolás Mezquida received a chipped pass near the edge of the six-yard box and hit a one-time shot as Clark came rushing off his line to block the attempt.
The Rapids tied the match in the 76th minute at 2-2. Sam Nicholson made a run down the right side of the field into space, collecting a long pass played from the left wing by Danny Wilson. Nicholson dribbled to the edge of the box and fired a strike inside the right post.
Continuing on the attack, Fernandez dribbled down the left side of the box and fired a shot from a tight angle inside the box, forcing a save by Howard in the 80th minute.
Diego Valeri scored his fifth goal of the season. Valeri is the third Timbers player this season to score five or more goals, joining Jeremy Ebobisse and Brian Fernandez.
Valeri has 73 goals for his MLS career, moving him into a tie for 24th-most in MLS history with Alvaro Saborio.
Valeri scored for a sixth consecutive match against Colorado, dating back to the 2017 season.
For the second consecutive season, the Timbers have scored five goals against the Rapids in a season, averaging 2.5 goals per match.
Steve Clark's shutout streak came to an end at 520 minutes across all competitions.
Diego Chara completed 59 out of 62 passes in the match. It is the first time this season that a Timbers player had a passing accuracy of 95 percent or higher when attempting at least 60 passes.
With the draw, Portland is unbeaten in its last five matches (3-0-2) against Colorado.
The Timbers are unbeaten in their last nine home matches against the Rapids, posting a record of 8-0-1.
Up next, the Timbers play host to Orlando City SC at Providence Park on Thursday, July 18. Beginning at 7 p.m. (Pacific), the match features a national television broadcast on ESPN with local radio broadcasts on 1029 and 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).
Portland Timbers (7-8-3, 24pts) vs. Colorado Rapids (5-10-5, 20pts)
July 13, 2019 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Colorado Rapids 1 1 2
Portland Timbers 1 1 2
POR: Own goal (Smith), 27
COL: Lewis, 28
POR: Valeri (penalty kick), 63
COL: Nicholson (Wilson), 76
POR: Valeri (caution), 21
COL: Smith (caution), 22
POR: Cascante (ejection), 55
COL: Rubio (caution), 59
POR: Zambrano (caution), 77
POR: Ebobisse (caution), 90
POR: GK Clark, D Moreira, D Cascante, D Dielna, D Farfan (Valentin, 10), M Zambrano, M Chara, M Asprilla (Fernandez, 60), M Valeri © (Paredes, 78), M Blanco, F Ebobisse
Substitutes Not Used: GK McIntosh, M Polo, M Conechny, M Loría
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Fernandez, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Fernandez, 2); FOULS: 16 (Valeri 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 6
COL: GK Howard ©, D Rosenberry, D Abubakar, D Smith, D Vines, M Wilson, M Lewis (Serna, 87), M Bassett (Mezquida, 64), M Rubio, M Shinyashiki, F Kamara (Nicholson, 67)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Irwin, D Sjöberg, D Anderson, M Blomberg
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Shinyashiki, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Kamara, 3); FOULS: 8 (Rubio, Smith, 2); OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 4
Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistant Referees: Jose Da Silva, Chris Elliott
4th Official: Matt Franz
Weather: Partly cloudy, 74 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial
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