Down to goals in the second half? No problem for the Portland
Timbers, who rallied to earn a tie for the third time this
”We get frustrated, but we don’t give in,” Portland midfielder
Will Johnson said. ”The whole time I’m thinking we’re going to
win. Not even just tie, but win.”
Johnson scored two goals, including a penalty kick in the 71st
minute, and the Portland Timbers rallied from a two-goal
second-half deficit to tie the Colorado Rapids 2-2 on Saturday
”People will focus on that we haven’t won in four games, but I
am focused on the positives,” Portland coach Kaleb Porter said.
”We have only lost one game. And we are the comeback kids.”
Johnson scored Portland’s first goal in the 55th minute.
The Timbers (0-1-3) have never won in Colorado, going 0-3-1 in
their matches at the Rapids.
Portland continued its trend of allowing the first goal in all
Dillon Powers scored his first career goal for Colorado (0-3-2)
in the 18th minute and Hendry Thomas scored on a penalty kick in
The tie extended Colorado’s winless streak to start a season to
five games. The franchise record is six, 0-5-1 to open the 2003
Goalkeeper Clint Irwin made his second career start, replacing
franchise career win and shutout leader, Matt Pickens, who was
sidelined with a broken arm.
Colorado coach Oscar Pareja had a beef with the penalty call
that led to the tying goal.
”I want to make it clear that the penalty was way out,” Pareja
said. ”I’m not happy with it.”
The Rapids led 1-0 at halftime, but could have easily led by
more. They hit two posts in the fourth minute.
Shane O’Neill’s header rattled off the right post. Tony Cascio
ran down the miss and his shot caromed of the left post.
Powers scored when Colorado got the ball on the Portland side of
midfield after goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts’ sailed a goalie kick
into the east stands. The ball reached Powers 25 yards out in the
deep slot and he didn’t hesitate taking a shot that found the back
of the net.
”I set my mind on making contact and having a good follow
through,” Powers said. ”But what does it matter? We didn’t get
the goal we needed to win the game.”
Ricketts didn’t seem to pick up the ball until it was past his
”That was just a great shot,” Ricketts said. ”He made the
The Timbers had one chance at Irwin in the first half. Ben
Zemanski sent a shot from 25 yards out that Irwin easily handled
with both hands in the 32nd minute.
Colorado was awarded a penalty kick when Cascio was tripped up
by Diego Chara as he moved in on Ricketts. Thomas waited for
Ricketts to take himself out of position and pushed the ball into
the net in the 48th minute.
Portland scored the next two goals. Johnson scored on a header
in the 55th minute.
”The most dangerous thing in soccer is as soon as you get one,
you are flying,” Johnson said. ”Coming right down their throat
and the other team can’t handle it.”
Johnson drew Portland even at 2-2 with the penalty kick in the
71st minute. David Horst drew a penalty from Rapids forward Atiba
Harris and Johnson cashed in with the tying goal.
”I like what this team has done,” Porter said. ”We have
battled back from three of the four games and twice we were down