It was a frustrating match for the Timbers tonight as they dominated all facets of the match against Orlando, but were only able to come away with one point. The Timbers had sixty three percent of possession, a total of twenty four shots compared to only two for Orlando, and eight corner kicks while Orlando only had three.
Orlando struck first in the forty fifth minute off a mistake by Timbers defender Zarek Valentin and a poor clearance by Jorge Moreira. Santiago Patino capitalized on the mistakes and put the ball in the back of the net, a shot goalie Steve Clarke had no shot at saving.
The second half was full of half chances and frustration from the Timbers attack. Cross after cross went into the box and again and again a Timbers player wasn’t there to put it in the net. But finally, in the eighty second minute Jermey Ebobisse was able to head a cross in the back of the net to tie things up at 1-1.
Overall, it wasn’t a great night for the Timbers who were expected to come away with three points. The Timbers still sit below the red line with twenty five points, but they have two games in hand on most of the Western Conference.
Up next for Portland, they head up I-5 to take on rival Seattle Sounders on Sunday night.