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Timbers with another draw, remain 2nd in West

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Forward Ryan Johnson scored in the second half as the Portland Timbers played Vancouver Whitecaps FC to a 1-1 draw in a hard fought Cascadia Cup match Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 20,674 at JELD-WEN Field. Portland is unbeaten in its last eight matches at JELD-WEN Field.

The Timbers (8-3-11, 35pts) remain in second place in the Western Conference, tied with the Colorado Rapids, three points back of conference leader Real Salt Lake, as four of the five clubs in current playoff positions earned draws in their respective matches Saturday. Whitecaps FC (9-7-5, 33pts) sits in fifth place, just two points back of Portland.

It was a physical match between the Cascadia rivals from the onset, with three cautions issued in the opening 17 minutes of play. The two clubs exchanged goals in the second half. Johnson staked the Timbers to a 1-0 lead four minutes into the second half. On a corner kick 20 minutes later, Whitecaps FC equalized on a Jordan Harvey header.

Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri recorded his eighth assist of the season on Johnson's goal, matching a Timbers MLS record for assists in a single season.

Portland claimed the lead in the 49th minute on Johnson's team-leading seventh goal of the season. A well-placed cross lofted into the box from the right side by Valeri found Johnson in stride. From near the penalty spot, Johnson knifed a header into the top near corner of the goal around the outstretched arms of Whitecaps FC goalkeeper David Ousted.

Whitecaps FC pulled level in the 69th minute on Harvey's fourth goal of the season. Camilo whipped in a corner kick from the left side that fell in on the near post. Harvey slashed across the goal mouth and was able to get his head to the ball and direct it on frame. Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was able to get a hand to the ball, but could not keep it out.

The Timbers took eight of their 13 shots in the second half and edged Whitecaps FC in shots, 13-10. Portland's defense held Vancouver to four shots on goal, and did not allow one on frame after the goal in the 69th minute.

The Timbers visit Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, Aug. 7, in the semifinal of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah; kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. (Pacific). The U.S. Open Cup match will be televised live on ROOT SPORTS. The winner of Wednesday's semifinal will play host to the U.S. Open Cup final. 

Notes:

  • Portland sits in second place in the Western Conference, tied with the Colorado Rapids, just three points back of Real Salt Lake. Both Real Salt Lake and New York Red Bulls are tied for the top spot in the Supporters' Shield race on 38 points.
  • The Timbers remain unbeaten in their quest to win a second straight Cascadia Cup, drawing Seattle Sounders FC and Whitecaps FC earlier in the season, and again Saturday night in their third Cascadia Cup match of the year.
  • The Timbers remain unbeaten against Whitecaps FC in the all-time MLS series between the two clubs with a 4-0-3 record, including a 2-0-2 mark at JELD-WEN Field.
  • Portland is unbeaten in its last eight league matches at JELD-WEN Field, posting a 6-0-2 record and outscoring opponents 13-2 in that span.
  • Overall, the Timbers are 10-1-3 across all competitions at JELD-WEN Field in 2013.
  • The capacity crowd of 20,674 is the 44th consecutive sellout for the Timbers at JELD-WEN Field since joining MLS in 2011.
  • The Timbers and Whitecaps FC combined for 31 fouls and six cautions, four of which were issued to Vancouver.
  • The Timbers maintained 57.9 percent of the possession against Whitecaps FC.
  • Midfielder Diego Valeri recorded his eighth assist of the season on Johnson's goal in the 49th minute, which ranks among MLS leaders. With eight assists, Valeri ties the Timbers MLS record for assists in a single season first set by Jack Jewsbury in 2011.
  • Valeri is the third Timbers player to record assists in back-to-back matches this season; the others are Frederic Piquionne and Rodney Wallace.
  • Defender Alvas Powell made his MLS debut, starting at right back for the Timbers against Whitecaps FC. Powell becomes the youngest player in Timbers MLS history to start and play in a league match at 19 years, 16 days. Previously, the youngest Timbers MLS player to start and play in a match was defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste at 19 years, 270 days, in his MLS debut March 12, 2012.
  • Midfielder Jack Jewsbury made his third start of the season in the midfield, after starting his previous 16 league games on the back line.
  • Forward Ryan Johnson has scored in consecutive home matches. He also tallied in the 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy on July 13.

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