The visitors and reigning Supporters’ Shield winners twice went ahead, starting in the 41st minute when right back Brandon Bye powerfully headed home a corner kick from Carles Gil, the reigning Landon Donovan MLS MVP. Come the 63rd minute, midfielder Sebastian Lletget scored on his debut for New England, cushioning home a left-footed finish to the far post.
But Portland, MLS Cup 2021 hosts back on their rain-soaked turf, responded in kind in the 60th minute when forward Dairon Asprilla calmly finished Santiago Moreno’s line-breaking feed. Then the spectacular arrived in the 78th minute through attacker Yimmi Chara, whose bicycle kick evaded goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr.
- THE BIG PICTURE: New England were twice in position to earn a road victory, but 2021's record-setting Supporters' Shield winners (73 points) didn't hold firm in a match where they were missing goalkeeper Matt Turner and center back Henry Kessler. Portland are dealing with a bevy of injuries themselves, though showed resolve to earn a home result in their 2022 opener. In all, a draw was probably a fair result.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Yimmi Chara's bicycle kick was equal parts audacious and skillful from the Colombian international.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Carles Gil, after recording 18 assists a season ago, earned his first helper of the year on Brandon Bye's corner-kick finish. The No. 10, as expected, created chances aplenty.