Needing a win, Timbers manage only a draw with Calgary
Portland had the first good scoring opportunity in just the 2nd minute, when a shot from the top of the box my McKinley Tennyson forced a diving save, and then a cover of the loose ball by Calgary goalkeeper David Wiebenga.
In the 8th minute, Team Calgary caught the Timbers with a defender out of position as a pass from Ian Clarke to Nik Reyes had the Calgary midfielder in alone, and he made about a 40 yard run down the right side before chipping a shot towards goal as the Timbers defense recovered. Portland goalkeeper Josh Saunders seemed to lose the ball in the sun, or thought the shot was going to be over the bar, but it may not have mattered anyway as the well-placed shot went into the upper left corner, and visiting Team Calgary had shocked the Timbers with an early 1-0 lead.
In the 16th minute, Calgary had a chance to widen the lead when Reyes was open from 20 yards out, but his shot was over the bar. Three minutes later, the Timbers nearly put themselves in a deeper hole when a bad pass back to Saunders almost allowed Reyes another breakaway, but a last minute sliding save by Lee Morrison knocked the ball off Reye's feet and safely back to Saunders.
In the 21st minute, Portland midfielder Jake Sagare made a nice run down the left side, and his shot from only about 6 yards out was knocked barely wide left by Wiebenga (see picture #3 in right column). Four minutes later, Byron Alvarez had the Timbers on attack again with a run down the right side, but his shot from 15 yards forced a sprawling save by Wiebenga.
In the 33rd minute, the Timbers got the equalizer they were looking for, when a Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar corner kick found the head of defender Gavin Wilkinson, whose header from six yards out was partially blocked by Wiebenga, but it wasn't enough to keep it out of the net, and the Timbers had draw level at 1-1.
In the 40th minute, Calgary came inches from taking the lead again when a Sean Fraser cross was headed towards net by Nik Zuniga, and though the shot was past the Timbers keeper, it hit the crossbar and bounced back out, and was cleared by the Timbers defense. It would be the last shot on goal Calgary would have for the next hour of gameplay, and the half would end with the teams level at 1-1.
The second half would be largely controlled by the Timbers, though for the first 35 minutes, they would have trouble putting good shots in net. Their best chance early in the half came in the 55th minute when Alvarez's shot from 20 yards out was barely wide right.
The Timbers started to pick things up late in the half, and the final ten minutes would be spent almost entirely inside the Calgary half of the field. In the 79th, 80th, and 82nd minutes, second-half substitute Fadi Afash had good chances from near the top of the box, but his shots were saved by Wiebenga or deflected wide by the Calgary defense. In the 85th minute, a high ball into the box was headed just wide right by Tennyson. Three minutes later, the Timbers had a golden opportunity when Aaron Heinzen was able to chip a shot towards goal when he beat Weibenga to the ball as the Calgary keeper charged off his line, but the shot was wide left.
In stoppage time, Afash and Tennyson both had good looks at net, but the shots were first over the net, then right at Wiebenga for the easy save.
In the first overtime, the best scoring chance was Portland's Tennyson with a good look at goal in the 95th minute, but his low shot from near the top of the box right at Wiebenga who smothered the shot. In the second overtime, the Timbers appeared to have a great chance to take the win when Jason Melendez's attempt to chip a pass to a charging Afash was knocked down by the left elbow of Calgary defender Thomas Wheeldon, but the referee signaled play on, and the chance was thwarted.
Late in the 2nd overtime, Calgary had a great chance to win the match when Mark Korthuis was open from 20 yards out, but his shot was barely wide right as the fans sighed with relief. But the Timbers in the end could not convert their 16-7 shot advantage and 9-1 corner kick advantage into a win, and they find themselves three points back of Vancouver for the second and final playoff spot in the Pacific Division with seven matches left to play.
The Timbers have two weeks off before playing an important home-and-home series with first place Seattle.
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