HOUSTON – New Designated Player signing Brian Fernandez made a sparkling debut as he scored in the 77th minute and the Portland Timbers came back to draw the Houston Dynamo 1-1 Wednesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium. Midfielder Sebastián Blanco picked up his fifth assist in the match for Portland.
12 - SAVE (POR) - Houston's Alberth Elis found himself with space and curled a shot on frame that Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella jumped to parry away.
16' - CHANCE (POR) - Timbers midfielder Renzo Zambrano, making his first MLS appearance, won the ball at midfield and pushed forward. He passed to Andy Polo who carried to the left before performing a give and go with Sebastián Blanco, the return pass being a nifty back heel. Blanco's final shot skimmed off the top of the cross bar.
28' - CHANCE (POR) - Blanco, on the edge of the 18-yard box, chipped a nice ball up and over for forward Jeremy Ebobisse who was jostled by a Houston defender and his shot went inches wide of the right post.
40' - GOAL (HOU) - On a Houston corner kick, Elis flicked a header on to forward Mauro Manotas on the back post who chested the ball into the back of the net and a 1-0 lead for the Dynamo.
48' - CHANCE (POR) - Diego Valeri, 35 yards out on a free kick, curled a hard shot over the wall that Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis jumped to push over the bar.
77' - GOAL (POR) - Timbers forward Brian Fernandez, who came on in the 65th minute to make his MLS debut, expertly timed a run past the Houston backline to receive a pinpoint long ball from Blanco. Fernandez took a touch and then slotted it home to tie the game at 1-1.
95+6' - CHANCE (POR) - Timbers midfielder Tomas Conechny, working on the right, slipped a ball to Blanco at the top of the box. He faked a pass before shooting a ball that was deflected and saved by Willis.
The Portland Timbers will finish their season-opening 12 game road trip on May 25 when they travel to face the Philadelphia Union at 4:30pm PT. The game will be broadcast on ROOT SPORTS.
Portland Timbers (3-6-2, 11pts) vs. Houston Dynamo (6-2-2, 20pts)
May 15, 2019 – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 0 1 1
Houston Dynamo 1 0 1
HOU: Manotas (Elis, Rodríguez), 40
POR: Fernandez (Blanco), 77
POR: Zambrano (caution), 42
HOU: Figueroa (caution), 47
POR: Blanco (caution), 79
POR: GK Attinella, D Moreira, D Cascante, D Tuiloma, D Villafaña, M Paredes (Flores, 33), M Zambrano, M Polo (Fernandez, 65), M Valeri ©, M Blanco, F Ebobisse (Conechny, 77)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Clark, D Dielna, D Valentin, F Melano
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Blanco, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Valeri, 2); FOULS: 15 (Blanco, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES:8
HOU: GK Willis, D DeLaGarza, D Struna, D Figueroa, D Beasley ©, M Vera, M B. García, M Elis, M Martínez (McNamara, 77), M Rodríguez (Quioto, 82), F Manotas
Substitutes Not Used: GK Deric, D Lundkvist, D K. Garcia, M Cabezas, M Ceren
TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Elis, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Elis, 3); FOULS: 7 (García, 2); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 4
Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistant Referees: Brian Poeschel, Gjovalin Bori
4th Official: Rosendo Mendoza
VAR: Malik Badwi
Weather: Sunny, 80 degrees