PORTLAND, Ore. – Fanendo Adi and Sebastián Blanco both scored as the Portland Timbers extended their unbeaten streak to three games with a 2-2 draw against the Chicago Fire Wednesday night at Providence Park. Arturo Alvarez and Brandon Vincent contributed the goals for Chicago.
1' - CHANCE (POR) - Midfielder Ben Zemanski curled in a cross from the far side that forward Fanendo Adi headed just over the bar.
18' - CHANCE (POR) - The Timbers sustained pressure in the Chicago end following a Portland throw in to Diego Valeri. He crossed to the left side for an open Sebastián Blanco who then fed a diagonal ball towards goal that Adi flicked just past the far post.
24' - GOAL (POR) - The Timbers scored first in the match via an Adi penalty kick conversion. Valeri crossed a ball that midfielder Dairon Asprilla leapt high to head down to Adi in the box. Adi got a foot to it but as Chicago midfielder Juninho slid to try to break up the play, he hit the ball with his hand and referee Robert Sibiga pointed to the spot. Adi calmly slotted past Chicago goalkeeper Matt Lampson and Portland lead 1-0.
34' - GOAL (CHI) - Chicago midfielder Arturo Alvarez launched a long cross from the right side that forward fell into the far corner of the Portland net and tie the score at 1-1.
36' - CHANCE (POR) - Defender Lawrence Olum, playing up for a Portland free kick, headed a ball down to Valeri near the top of the six yard box. The midfielder chested it down to himself before acrobatically bicycling the ball off the bounced volley just past the right post.
57' - CHANCE (POR) - Valeri sprung Adi on the break who carried in on goal. Chicago's Lampson came off his line to stop the initial shot while a Chicago defender knocked the rebound out for a corner.
61' - GOAL (CHI) - Fire defender Brandon Vincent collected a loose ball in the Portland box and hit it past Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson for a 2-1 Chicago lead.
66' - CHANCE (POR) - Valeri teed up a low free kick from 30 yards away that curled in on frame and forced a diving save from Lampson.
70' - GOAL (POR) - The Timbers tied it up at 2-2 when Valeri unlocked the Chicago defense with a perfect through ball to Blanco in the box who took a touch and fired it past Lampson with authority into the lower corner.
83' - SAVE (POR) - Chicago's Nikolic let fly from outside the box that Jake Gleeson got a hand to and tipped over the bar.
90+1' - CHANCE (POR) - The Timbers almost had the game-winner when second half substitute Marco Farfan spotted Adi on the back post. His cross found Adi who headed the ball into the goal but referee Sibiga whistled for a foul on the Portland striker, thus nullifying the goal.
The Portland Timbers next match will be Wednesday, July 19 at Providence Park when they host Real Salt Lake (7:30pm PT, ROOT SPORTS).
Portland Timbers (7-7-6, 27pts) vs. Chicago Fire (11-3-5, 38pts)
July 5, 2017 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Chicago Fire 1 1 2
Portland Timbers 1 1 2
POR: Adi (Penalty kick), 24
CHI: Alvarez (Juninho), 34
POR: Vincent (Alvarez), 61
POR: Blanco (Valeri), 70
CHI: Lampson (Caution), 65
POR: Blanco (Caution), 73
Lineups & Stats:
POR: GK Gleeson, D Valentin, D Olum, D Miller, D Vytas (Farfan, 86), M Zemanski (Arboleda, 86), M Nagbe, M Asprilla, M Valeri ©, M Blanco, F Adi
Substitutes Not Used: GK Attinella, D Myers, D Clarke, F Ebobisse
TOTAL SHOTS: 24 (Adi, 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Blanco, 4); FOULS: 15 (Adi, 5); OFFSIDES: 7; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 1
CHI: GK Lampson, D Polster (Conner, 34), D Kappelhof, D Meira, D Vincent, M Juninho, M de Leeuw, M Accam (Mihallovic, 80) M Alvarez, M Solignac (Campbell, 64), F Nikolic
Substitutes Not Used: GK Cleveland, D Harrington, M Bronico, M Johnson
TOTAL SHOTS: 6 (Nikolic, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Three players tied, 1); FOULS: 11 (de Leeuw, Accam, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 7
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Assistant Referees: Jeremy Hanson, Eric Weisbrod
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Weather: Sunny, 89 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial