The Portland Timbers let 3 points slip away in San Jose on Sunday April 21, when they gave up a stoppage time goal and had to settle for 1-1 draw.
It was the second time in two weeks the teams had met. The Timbers won the opener of the home -and-home series 1-0.
The Timbers took the lead in the 58th minute on a Diego Valeri goal but were unable to secure their first road victory of the season when Adam Jahns hit the equalizer in the final seconds for play.
Valeri’s goal came after a nice combination of passes from Diego Chara to Valeri who passed the ball off to Darlington Nagbe, who sent Ryan Johnson through on goal. The ball was deflected away from Johnson by the San Jose defense, but popped in the air directly to the onrushing Valeri who hit a hard volley into the net. It was Valeri’s second goal of the season.
The Timbers held off the Earthquakes and looked to have locked up the win when San Jose sent a long goal kick to the top of the Timber’s box. The ball bounced around and fell to the feet of Chris Wondolowski, who touched the ball back to Jahns who slammed it past a helpless Donovan Ricketts in the Timber’s goal.
Valeri returned to the Timbers lineup after missing the previous matchup with San Jose last week. Valeri had concussion symptoms after receiving an elbow to the head two weeks ago.
San Jose’s rough and tumble style of play disrupted the Timbers flow all evening. The Timbers, who had a 64% rate of possession at home against San Jose, only recorded a 51% rate of possession and were outshot by San Jose 12-7.
Donovan Ricketts was outstanding in the nets for the Timbers making a huge kick save in the early moments of the game on a shot by Steven Lenhart and later holding his ground and swatting the ball away when Chris Wondowlowski found himself all alone in front of gaol with the ball at this feet. Ricketts recorded 4 saves on the evening and saw his two game shutout streak come to an end.
Although the Timbers were unable to secure their first win on the road, they remain the only team in MLS that is unbeaten on the road, with 3 draws.
The Timbers are tied for 4th place with Chivas in the Western Conference with 10 points.
Man of the Match
Donovan Ricketts kept the Timbers in the game with some huge early stops and shut down the potent San Jose attack until the final seconds. There wasn’t much he could have done on the tying goal either. Although the tie, and the way the Timbers let a win slip through their fingers, will sting, Ricketts still stood out and gave his team a chance for the victory.