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Timbers get to the point with late Wallace goal


SEATTLE — The Portland Timbers got a stoppage-time goal from substitute midfielder Rodney Wallace to tie the Seattle Sounders 1-1 Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle scored in the 13th minute, but Portland had nearly 60 percent of the second-half possession.

It was the third time in three matches under new coach Caleb Porter that Portland (0-1-2) has played strong after a slow start.

Portland wound up outshooting the Sounders 13-7 before the crowd of 40,150.

The Timbers' next MLS match isn't until March 30, when they visit Colorado (0-2-1).

Seattle is 0-1-1.

Eddie Johnson gave the Sounders the lead.

Porter said he liked the outcome, for various reasons.

“Not only did we get a point, but they lost two points," he said.

The result, he added, "gives us a lot of belief moving forward. This team has a lot of mettle. I’m most proud of our effort defensively. We dug deep. We gave up a goal and obviously it was a counter again and we got punished for it. But overall, for 90 minutes, we defended very well against that team. That’s a very dynamic team.”

Wallace's goal was the second of his MLS career. Defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste got his first MLS assist.

The trying goal came one minute into stoppage time. Jean-Baptiste sent a long ball into the penalty area, and Wallace got to it for a header that went inside the top right corner of the goal.

“He came off the bench for us and made a goal so I’m real happy with him, but it was a team effort," Porter said. "Everybody, at the end of the game, I thought really went to another level. It wasn’t pretty, but they dug deep, they battled, they fought, never gave up, never quit. In the end, to score that goal, it was fair because they were rewarded for their effort.”

Wallace said his main concern was staying onside.

"I saw that (Jean-Baptiste) had an opportunity to cross the ball, and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t in an offside position, so I got in the right spot, the ball came, and I finished." Wallace said.

Coming from behind to earn a point "means a lot, and shows again the character that this team has,” Wallace said. “It just shows that everybody’s tuned in. Everybody is ready to compete, from the starting 11 to the guys that come in, the coaching staff, the training staff, everybody is on the same page. This year we want to be successful, and points like this is what gets us there.”