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Portland Timbers Postscript: Another Comeback Draw

2013 is quickly becoming the year of the draw, as the Portland Timbers continue to fall behind early but somehow find the mettle to pull back level.


By the Numbers


The most minutes the Timbers have been able to hold a 0-0 draw this season (vs Montreal)


Percent of Diego Chara's 2013 turnovers that occurred against the Colorado Rapids


Number of times Will Johnson has scored a brace in his career


Combined total of assists and goals accrued yesterday by players named Johnson


The last time the Timbers took points from their first two away games of the season (source: Mike Donovan)

Moment of the Match

In the third minute Shane O'Neill put a header on a free kick that went off the far post, deflecting back towards Tony Cascio, whose shot went off the crossbar. In that moment Timbers fans knew it wasn't going to be Portland's day.

Thankfully, we also knew it wasn't going to be Colorado's day.

Injuries and Suspensions

Mikael Silvestre was a late scratch to the lineup, having suffered an adductor strain in training earlier in the week. His absence was deeply felt, as his replacement, David Horst, had quite a bit of rust and was not in synch with his teammates on the back line.

Diego Chara received what was amazingly just his first yellow card of the season. Four Timbers now sit on one yellow each: Chara, along with Andrew Jean Baptiste, Will Johnson, and Darlington Nagbe.

Around the League

Real Salt Lake 2:1 Seattle Sounders: as frustrating as it is to be 0-1-3, it sure is better than 0-3-1. Seattle's defense again proved unable to limit its opposition's chances, allowing a staggering 25 shots to their own 8.

Chivas USA 2:1 Vancouver Whitecaps: not a great day for Cascadia overall, as Vancouver couldn't quite hit the target against the weirdly second-place Chivas.

New England Revolution 0:1 FC Dallas: speaking of weird teams in weird places, Dallas put itself into first place in the West, eking out a win after 86 scoreless minutes.