Professional Soccer

Timbers Earn Road Point With 1-1 Draw at New England

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Portland Timbers battled the New England Revolution to a 1-1 draw Wednesday night, earning a hard-fought road point at Gillette Stadium and extending their unbeaten run against New England to four games, dating back to the 2013 MLS campaign.

One of four MLS teams to record a goal in each game this season, the Timbers (2-3-3, 9pts) opened the scoring in the 64th minute of play when midfielder Darlington Nagbe broke free on the right side of the 18-yard box and drifted a cross toward the back post for midfielder Jack Barmby, whose first-time volley bounced over New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth and into the back of the net.

The finish, which occurred just three minutes after the midfielder was introduced into the game, marked Barmby’s first career-goal in MLS. Additionally, with the goal, five different players have scored for the Timbers, with Fanendo Adi, Jack McInerney, Darren Mattocks and Diego Valeri each recording a goal leading up to Wednesday’s fixture.

New England (1-3-6, 9pts) managed to level the score in the 88th minute after a lofted cross into the box found defender Je-Vaughn Watson, who played the ball back into six-yard box. Watson’s pass found midfielder Femi Hollinger-Janzen, who deflected his effort off Timbers defender Jermaine Taylor as he attempted to clear the ball away.

Portland created several additional chances to find the back of the net, including Adi’s attempt in the 10th minute of play, which curled just past the far post. In the 26th minute, McInerney latched onto defender Zarek Valentin’s floated cross into the box, whipping a header that narrowly sailed over the crossbar, while Barmby came close to recording a brace in the 93rd minute, driving deep into New England’s box before firing a low attempt that forced a save from Shuttleworth.

The Timbers were solid defensively, winning 20 tackles throughout the match, and Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, who made his first start of the season, recorded two stops, including a save on a high and powerful effort from Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe in the 46th minute. In the 75th minute, midfielder Jack Jewsbury cleared Diego Fagundez’s free kick away from inside the six-yard box.

Next up, the Timbers will face Toronto FC at Providence Park on Sunday, May 1; kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. (Pacific). The match against Toronto will feature a national broadcast on ESPN with local radio broadcasts on 750 AM/102.9 FM The Game (English) and La GranD 1150 AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).