PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers twice came back from deficits as they drew the Montreal Impact, 2-2, Saturday night at Providence Park. Samuel Armenteros and Diego Valeri scored the goals as Portland extended its MLS unbeaten streak to 13 consecutive matches.
21' - CHANCE (POR) - After both teams exchanged possession around the midfield for the beginning of the match, the first chance came when Sebastián Blanco's left-footed shot from distance went wide of the Montreal net.
23' - GOAL (MON) - Montreal's Saphir Taider shot from just inside the top of the box was able to sneak past the outstretched arm of Jeff Attinella to give Montreal the lead, 1-0.
26' - CHANCE (POR) - Valeri's header was too high after receiving a pinpoint cross from Armenteros.
39' - GOAL (POR) - After Montreal's goalkeeper Evan Bush dropped the ball in his own goalmouth, Armenteros pounced, firing a one-time shot into the goal to temporarily tie up the match, 1-1.
41' - GOAL (MON) - Montreal answered almost immediately as Matteo Mancosu chested down a long pass and finished with his left foot to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.
53' - CHANCE (POR) - Beating an attempted offside trap by Montreal, Blanco played a beautiful ball to a cutting Valeri. Valeri's touch, however, found the waiting arms of Bush.
65' - GOAL (POR) - Valeri tied the match up at 2-2 when the reigning MLS MVP headed the ball home from point-blank range. The goal was set up after Bush was unable to handle a cross from Blanco.
77' - CHANCE (POR) - Defender Alvas Powell, who consistently found himself in the attack in the match, fired a long-range shot with the outside of his right foot that forced Bush into a diving save.
The Timbers will return to Providence Park next Saturday when they host the Houston Dynamo at Providence Park (6pm PT, ESPN).
Portland Timbers (8-3-7, 31pts) vs. Montreal Impact (9-12-1, 28pts)
July 21, 2018 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half
Montreal Impact 2 0 2
Portland Timbers 1 1 2
MTL: Taider (Silva), 23
POR: Armenteros, 39
MTL: Mancosu (Piatti), 41
POR: Valeri, 65
MTL: Piette (Caution), 19
POR: GK Attinella, D Powell, D Mabiala, D Olum, D Cascante, D Valentin, M Paredes (Polo, 66), M Olum, M Flores, M Valeri ©, M Blanco (Asprilla, 87), F Armenteros
Substitutes Not Used: GK Gleeson, D Tuiloma, D Vytas, M Guzmán, F Ebobisse
TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Valeri, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Cascante, 3); FOULS: 10 (Four players tied, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 0
MTL: GK Bush, D Fanni, D Camacho (Cabrera, 36), D Raitala, D Lovitz, M Shome (Choiniere, 89), M Piette, M Taider, F Silva (Petrasso, 86), F Mancosu, Piatti
Substitutes Not Used: GK Diop, M Krolicki, F Vargas, F Salazar
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Silva, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Two players tied, 1); FOULS: 12 (Lovitz, Piatti, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 0; SAVES: 7
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: CJ Morgante, Chris Wattam
4th Official: Daniel Radford
VAR: Katja Koroleva
Weather: Sunny, 79 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial