CARSON, Calif. – The Portland Timbers Reserves received goals from forwards Sebastián Rincón and Brent Richards as they played the Chivas USA Reserves to a 2-2 draw in MLS Reserve League play at The Home Depot Center’s Track and Field Stadium on Monday.
The Timbers Reserves (2-3-1, 7pts) twice took a lead against the Chivas USA Reserves (2-1-2, 8pts) on the goals by Rincón and Richards in the 13th and 57th minutes, respectively. But the Chivas USA Reserves were able to answer each Portland goal with equalizing strikes from Casey Townsend in the first half and Sebastian Stachnik in the 69th minute to earn a share of the points.
A cross from the right side by former Chivas USA player Sal Zizzo set up the Timbers Reserves’ opening strike by Rincón. Left alone on the back side, Rincón tapped in Zizzo’s cross from close range past Chivas USA goalkeeper Tim Melia for a 1-0 Portland lead.
The Chivas USA Reserves were able to pull even in the 29th minute, as Scott Gordon’s service from the right side connected with Townsend just outside the six yard box. Townsend converted his second goal of the MLS Reserve League season and the two sides entered halftime even at 1-1.
The Timbers Reserves regained the lead just before the hour mark, when defender Ryan Kawulok set up Richards for his second MLS Reserve League goal. Richards worked his way through the box to connect with Kawulok’s pass in and Richards was able to drill the ball past Melia.
A corner kick by midfielder Laurent Courtois led to a second equalizing goal for Chivas USA Reserves in the 69th minute. Stachnik worked himself to the back post on the play and his header beat Timbers goalkeeper Joe Bendik, knotting the score at 2-2.
The Timbers Reserves play host to the Chivas USA Reserves in their next match on Sunday, July 29, at JELD-WEN Field; kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (Pacific).
Portland Timbers Reserves (2-3-1, 7pts) at Chivas USA Reserves (2-1-2, 8pts)
MLS Reserve League: June 18, 2012 – The Home Depot Center Track and Field Stadium, Carson, Calif.
POR: Sebastian Rincon (Sal Zizzo), 13
CHV: Casey Townsend (Scott Gordon ), 29
POR: Brent Richards (Ryan Kawulok), 57
CHV: Sebastian Stachnik (Laurent Courtois), 69
POR: Mike Fucito (Caution), 38
POR: GK Joe Bendik, D Ryan Kawulok, D Steve Purdy, D Chris Taylor, D Andrew Jean-Baptiste, M Sal Zizzo (Charles Renken, 62), M Eric Alexander (Lovel Palmer, 81), M Sebastián Rincón, M Freddie Braun, F Mike Fucito (Bright Dike, 72), F Brent Richards
Subs not used: GK Jake Gleeson, D Futty Danso
CHV: Tim Melia, Jorge Villafaña (A. Dhewing, 68), B. Burling, N. Akwari, Scott Gordon (John Valencia, 71), Marky Delgado, Paolo Cardozo (Laurent Courtois, 46), T. Lusardi (Sebastian Stachnik, 46), Eric Gonzalez, Casey Townsend, B. Spencer (Ryan Smith, 68)
Subs not used: P. McLain, Cesar Romero
Referee: Daniel Radford
Referee's Assistants: Steve Elliott, Bernie Hosu
4th Official: Jesse Yzaguirre
Time of Game: 1:49
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 66 degrees