Amid a flurry of off-target shots, the Portland Timbers managed to swipe a second-half goal to tie the Dynamo 1-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Wednesday night.
With the draw, the Dynamo remain unbeaten at home this season.
Portland (3-6-2, 11 points) unleashed its first shot within the first minute when Matias Vera turned his back to Sebastian Blanco to deflect his early effort from near the edge of the penalty area.
But the Dynamo fought their way onto the board first when Mauro Manotas recorded his seventh goal in seven games against the Timbers.
In the 40th minute, Memo Rodriguez helped facilitate the Dynamo’s opening score with a corner kick from the right corner.
The ball floated down into the fray, where Alberth Elis emerged to head it toward the opposite post, where Manotas steered the ball into the back of the net with his face. The goal was his sixth of the Major League Soccer season.
It also helped Manotas and Elis reach separate milestones. Manotas drew even with Brad Davis for third in club history in regular-season goals (41). Elis became the fifth Dynamo player to record 20 goals and assists.
Despite being outshot by Portland in the first half, the Dynamo (6-2-2, 20 points) were more efficient, landing a greater percentage of their shots on target.
One of those shots came in the 25th minute as Rodriguez darted into the area. He shook off a defender as he ran parallel to the net then angled a shot that curled just wide of the post.
Three minutes later, Portland forward Jeremy Ebobisse provided one of the Timbers’ best chances when he received a cross from the opposite side of the box, then tried to poke the ball past a beaten keeper Joe Willis.
But the shot strayed just wide of the post as the crowd let out a collective sign of relief.
In the 76th minute, the Dynamo had another opportunity when Tomas Martinez chipped the ball above a defender along the sideline to send Elis on the attack. Elis angled his charge toward goal but the effort didn’t bear fruit- or points.
Instead, a minute later, Blanco launched a lobbing pass to Brian Fernandez deep in Dynamo territory. Fernandez got on top of the ball and, as Willis charged at him, coolly deposited the ball into the net for the tying score before running to tease the crowd with his hands spread out behind his ears.
Four minutes later, in the 81st minute, Manotas broke down the sideline looking to recapture the lead with a defender giving chase. But the attack fizzled as he failed to connect with Elis, who had slid into the back of net.
Both sides fought to decide the game in stoppage time.
Attacking from the perimeters, the Dynamo unsuccessfully tried to dismantle Portland’s defense through long runs by Elis and Romell Quioto.
Fernandez had another chance for the Timbers but Willis snuffed it out as Dynamo defender Aljaz Struna struggled to contain his run.
The Dynamo return to action Saturday night when they host D.C. United.
Source:: Daily times