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Quick Recap: Portland Gives up a Two Goal Lead

The Portland Timbers extend their unbeaten run with goals from Diego Valeri and Ben Zemanski. However giving up the two goal lead and settling for the draw will leave a bitter taste in their mouths.


The Portland Timbers sprinted out of the gates with a series of chances that lead to the woodwork being struck three times. Unfortunately for the Timbers each off those shots bounced out into the field of play instead of in the net. After their initial surge the Timbers settled into their usually passing rhythm and maintained a healthy percentage of the ball.

The Chicago Fire were not phased by the early onslaught and they slowly began gain momentum after the initial scare. The Portland Timbers were not done hitting the woodwork as Diego Valeri's 33rd minute shot bounced off the post and into the opposite side netting for the opening goal.

In the second half the Portland Timbers continued to play their style of game and it again paid off. Ben Zemanski trailed the play and was picked out by Frederic Piquionne at the top of the box. His shot curled around the out stretched arms of Sean Johnson for the second goal of the game.

Chicago then proceeded to up the energy and for the final 30 minutes of the game the play was mainly in Portland's half of the field. The first goal for Chicago came off of a botched communication between Milos Kocic and Andrew Jean Baptiste. Their second and the game tying goal came off of a free kick from 35 yards out.

Portland has still yet to lose on the road and is unbeaten since their loss to the Montreal Impact.