The Portland Timbers looked good for all three points against the LA Galaxy tonight until a stoppage time goal from former USL Timbers Alan Gordon tied up the proceedings at 2-2 for the visitors. The Timbers took the lead twice thanks to a pair of Darlington Nagbe-inspired, Fanendo Adi-finished goals, but were unable to hold on as the 2014 MLS Cup Champions poured on the pressure in the second half.
In the early going the Timbers came out strong, creating a bevy of beautiful chances, but failing to truly threaten the Galaxy goal, manned by Eugene native Brian Rowe.
That changed in the 31' as the Timbers deployed a textbook counter attack down the left flank. Starting with a classic Diego Chara recovery in the center of the pitch, the Colombian midfielder sent a ball out to the left where Nagbe was waiting. With Rodney Wallace overlapping behind him, Nagbe flicked on a backheel pass and the Timbers' winger was off to the races.
Wallace carried the ball down the pitch and cut inside, drawing a defender before feeding a ball to Adi on the edge of the box. Adi, with room to operate, took a touch into the box and curled a well-placed finish around the diving Rowe to open the scoring.
In the second half, however, the Galaxy roared back to life, pressing the Timbers hard and controlling much of the match.
Finally, in the 65', the Galaxy managed to make their increased pressure count for something. Working the ball down the Timbers' right flank, Jose Villarreal swung in a bending cross behind the Timbers back line for Gyasi Zardes as the young forward streaked into the Timbers box. Beating Adam Kwarasey to the ball by a narrow margin, Zardes got just the touch he needed on the ball to put it around the keeper and into the back of the net.
From there the match opened up, with both teams bringing on attacking subs and pushing for all three points.
The Timbers looked like the more likely side to take home a victory after, in the 90', Liam Ridgewell sent a well-weighted ball down the Timbers' right wing for Darlington Nagbe to run onto. With Todd Dunivant on his back, Nagbe took down the pass and sent the ball square across the penalty box where Adi was arriving. With a wall of defenders in front of him, Adi hesitated, then powered home the ball into the back of the net despite the desperately lunging Galaxy back line.
While the Galaxy were down, they were never out, and a familiar face made his presence known in second-half stoppage time to snatch a point for the Galaxy.
The Galaxy poured numbers forward in the final minutes, searching for anything to take home from the match, earning one final corner to close out the 90'. Stephan Ishizaki sent an out-swinging ball into the Timbers box that met perfectly with the head of Gordon, one of the Galaxy's second half substitutes, and arched neatly into the corner of the Timbers' net, out of reach of Kwarasey.
The Timbers head on the road next, playing away against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.