An own-goal from the Portland Timbers cost them a win as the hosts played the San Jose Earthquakes to a hard-fought 1-1 draw at JELD-WEN Field in the Portland Timbers Tournament on Monday night.
Timbers midfielder Kalif Alhassan scored a thing of beauty to give his team a first-half lead, but continued pressure from the Earthquakes caused the home side’s back line to stumble in the second stanza when defender Hayner Mosquera deflected a cross into his own net.
The Timbers came flying out of the gate and Diego Chara nearly drew a penalty kick just a pair of minutes in when he hit the pitch inside the box. The referee, however, waved play on.
The home side continued to threaten and it was Alhassan who broke through in the 15th minute. The midfielder played a short corner with Jorge Perlaza, who gave it back to Alhassan just outside the left edge of the box. Alhassan took aim and chipped a soft curler over Quakes ‘keeper Jon Busch that nestled inside the far post.
San Jose pushed back, however, and had two chances to equalize towards the end of the half. In the 35th minute, big forward Steven Lenhart put a header on net from the top of the six, but Timbers netminder Troy Perkins was there to make the stop.
Two minutes later, speedy winger Marvin Chávez swung in a corner kick that bounced around the box and ended up in Perkins’ hands after San Jose’s star forward Chris Wondolowski failed to connect.
Down 1-0 in the second half, San Jose made their first substitution of the match, bringing on newly acquired playmaker Tressor Moreno in the 57th minute for Rafael Baca. The switch immediately paid dividends.
Moreno put a through ball for Wondolowski on the right side of the box right at the hour mark, and the US international then whipped a cross towards the center of the box in search of Lenhart. Mosquera got there first, but accidently pushed it into his net for an own-goal.
The equalizer woke the Timbers up. Looking to give their home crowd a victory, Portland surged forward and nearly got the go-ahead goal in the 76th minute. Bright Dike, who had come on as a sub just three minutes earlier, rose to meet a cross and looped a header that beat Busch but not the crossbar.
The Timbers kept up the pressure and, with five minutes left in regulation, team captain Jack Jewsbury unleashed a wicked shot that Busch was forced to punch away. The rebound fell inside the box, but Portland could not guide it home.
Both Portland and San Jose will play again on Thursday. The Earthquakes will face Swedish top-flight club AIK, while the Timbers will take on Chivas USA.
POR -- Alhassan (Chara), 15
SJ -- Own Goal (Mosquera), 59
SJ -- Corrales (Yellow), 35
POR -- Mosquera (Yellow), 70
SJ -- Beitashour (Yellow), 71
Portland Timbers -- GK Perkins, D Kawulok (Palmer, 78), D Jean-Baptiste, D Mosquera, D Chabala, M Marcelin, M Jewsbury, M Alhassan, F Perlaza (Dike, 73), F Chara, F Alexander (Nagbe, 60)
San Jose Earthquakes -- GK Busch, D Morrow, D Bernardez, D Beitashour, D Corrales, M Chavez, M Baca (Moreno, 57), M Cronin (Jean Alexandre, 63), M Salinas, F Lenhart (Stephenson, 71), F Wondolowski (Guvensik, 84)