Timbers settle for tie at San Jose
SANTA CLARA, Calif. The Portland Timbers lost the lead but came away with a tie Sunday night at San Jose, keeping them unbeaten over the past five games and matching their longest streak as an MLS team.
Midfielder Diego Valeri put Portland ahead 1-0 in the 58th minute at Buck Shaw Stadium. It was his second goal of the season.
San Jose's Adam Jahn got the equalizer in the second minute of second-half stoppage time.
Donovan Ricketts made a season-high four saves for Portland.
When you have long balls come into the box, anything can happen," Ricketts said. "He found a way to get free, and look what happened. Its just part of the way this game works.
The Timbers improved to 2-1-4, 10 points). Their road unbeaten streak, three games, is the longest in MLS this season, and they are the only team without a road loss.
San Jose is 2-3-3, nine points. The Earthquakes are unbeaten in their last four home games.
We leave a little disappointed," Portland coach Caleb Porter said, "because we had three points in our hands. But when the dust settles, its still a point on the road.
"It was tough to give the goal away at the end, but theyre a tough team. Jahn got loose and found the ball, and thats all they needed. Im proud of my guy, and I thought we managed certain parts very well.
Portland midfielder Will Johnson called it "a great performance tonight by all. Of course, giving up the late goal is not the easiest thing to swallow. But, if we were down that goal and came back to tie, we would feel just as great as San Jose does."
The Timbers' next game is 5:30 p.m. PT Saturday at Sporting Kansas City (4-2-1, 13 points), which is coming off a 2-0 road loss Saturday to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
"We have to take a step back now and realize its still a point. Momentum-wise, we will keep moving forward.