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Recap: Timbers and Sounders play to a 1-1 draw at CenturyLink Field

The Timbers allow another late goal to drop two crucial points in the race for the top spot in the Western Conference.

MLS: Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Timbers traveled to Seattle to take on the Sounders for the fourth time this season, drawing the club 1-1.

Both teams started the match at a high pace. Seattle pressed high early but Portland grew into the match.

Portland and Seattle went at each other at a frantic pace with both teams having their own individual spells where they looked like the most dangerous team. But it was the Timbers who opened the scoring.

After some great hold-up play by Felipe Mora in the Sounders’ box, the Chilean passed the ball to Yimmi Chara. Chara fired a vicious shot at Stefan Frei, who was up to the task. The ball rebounded to Andrés Flores.

Flores was playing his first minutes in over a year. He replaced Jeremy Ebobisse, who had not missed a match in over two years. Ebobisse was sidelined due to a concussion suffered in the match against LAFC.

Flores launched a thunderbolt into the back of Frei’s net to put the Timbers up 1-0 in the 11th minute.

After the goal Portland thrived in transition and searched for a second goal. Seattle upped the tempo and pinned the Timbers in their own half for long periods but were unable to force Steve Clark into a save.

The second half opened much like the first half. There was end-to-end action without either team creating clear cut opportunities. Jorge Villafaña put in a great challenge on Alex Roldan’s shot and Marco Farfan cleared a dangerous cross as the Sounders created more danger in front of goal.

Mora continued to head shots on target, but they did not challenge Frei and the keeper saved them comfortably. Kelvin Leerdam responded with his own headed chance that flew over the crossbar.

As the half progressed the Timbers were forced into giveaways. The most danger came when Diego Chara misplayed the ball. Jordan Morris sprinted toward the goal and played it to Nicolás Lodeiro, who fired over the bar.

That was of course until Will Bruin scored in the 93rd minute with the Sounders’ first shot on target. It was yet another goal conceded in extra time, and the result was a 1-1 draw.

Next up, the Timbers will have six days off until they face off against LA Galaxy on Wednesday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Pacific.