Timbers 2, Whitecaps FC 2
Second-half substitute Jose Valencia scored in the 83rd minute
to give the Portland Timbers a 2-2 draw against the Vancouver
Whitecaps on Saturday night.
Will Johnson also scored for Portland and assisted on the
equalizer to help the Timbers (4-1-7) extend their unbeaten strike
to 10 games. The tying goal came while Portland was playing with 10
men due to Mamadou Danso’s ejection 2 minutes earlier.
Camilo had a goal and an assist, and Gershon Koffie also scored
for the Whitecaps (3-4-4), who are 3-0-3 at home.
Valencia scored after receiving a long, high lob from Johnson.
Valencia and Vancouver defender Brad Rusin went up for the ball in
the Whitecaps’ box, and it appeared to touch the Portland player’s
arm. But play was allowed to continue, and Valencia tucked a short
shot inside the near post.
Camilo has been utilized mainly as a midfielder but played as a
lone striker Saturday, generating some early scoring chances.
The Brazilian fired just wide on a free kick from about 35 yards
out in the 23rd, taking the shot after Russell Teibert was fouled
on the right flank. But Camilo made no mistake a minute later,
curling a shot right into the corner of the net from about 20 yards
Camilo had another chance in the first minute of the second
half, but Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts dove to stop his
shot from just outside the right corner of the 18-yard box.
Johnson’s goal in the 52nd tied it 1-1 on a penalty kick. The
spot kick was awarded after Johnson’s shot hit Vancouver defender
Andy O’Brien’s arm and the Whitecaps were called for a