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Portland Timbers
POR
Final
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Chicago Fire
CHI
Sunday, March 16, 20143:00 PM
Providence ParkMLS Regular SeasonUniMasAttendance: 20814

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 79'PORGastón Fernández 
 19'CHIJeff Larentowicz 
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 90'+1'POR Norberto PaparattoFoul
 86'CHI Patrick NyarkoFoul
 73'CHI Patrick NyarkoFoul
 61'CHI Quincy AmarikwaFoul
 43'CHI Lovel PalmerOff the ball foul
 25'CHI Bakary SoumaréOff the ball foul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 86'POR
Frédéric Piquionne (F)
Diego Valeri (M)
 83'CHI
Juan Luis Anangonó (F)
Quincy Amarikwa (F)
 67'CHI
Patrick Ianni (D)
Lovel Palmer (D)
 64'CHI
Patrick Nyarko (M)
Benji Joya (M)
 61'POR
Steve Zakuani (M)
Maximiliano Urruti (F)

Starting Formations

1Ricketts13Jewsbury98Danso23Paparatto5Harrington21Chara8Valeri4Johnson6Nagbe37Urruti10FernándezM9313371417225Johnson5Palmer34Hurtado4Soumaré13Segares20Larentowicz54Joya7Alex22Watson19Shipp24AmarikwaM1262814273316RAA4

Lineups

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Portland Timbers
1GDonovan Ricketts
13DJack Jewsbury
98DMamadou Danso
23DNorberto Paparatto
5DMichael Harrington
21MDiego Chara
8MDiego Valeri
4MWill Johnson
6FDarlington Nagbe
37FMaximiliano Urruti
10FGastón Fernández
Chicago Fire
25GSean Johnson
5DLovel Palmer
34DJhon Kennedy Hurtado
4DBakary Soumaré
13DGonzalo Segares
20MJeff Larentowicz
54MBenji Joya
7MAlex
22MMatt Watson
19MHarrison Shipp
24FQuincy Amarikwa
Bench
9Frédéric Piquionne
31Rauwshan McKenzie
33Andrew Weber
7Steve Zakuani
14Ben Zemanski
17Michael Nanchoff
2Alvas Powell
 
12Logan Pause
6Patrick Ianni
28Kyle Reynish
14Patrick Nyarko
27Victor Pineda
33Juan Luis Anangonó
16Greg Cochrane
Managers
  Caleb Porter
 
  Frank Yallop
OFFICIALS

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RefereeMarcos de Oliveira  
Assistant RefereeIsrael Fernandez  
Assistant RefereeBrandon Major  
Fourth OfficialBernard Hosu  
Sunday, March 16, 2014
3:00 PM
Providence Park
UniMas

PORTLAND, Ore. – Gaston Fernandez has made quite the impression just two games into his MLS career.

For the second straight week, the Portland Timbers’ new Argentine forward rescued a point with a late equalizer after he hammered home a 79th-minute game-tying goal Sunday afternoon in a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire at Providence Park. Last week, Fernandez’s late heroics – on a stoppage-time header off a corner kick – gave Portland a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union.

It was a game that played out in almost identical fashion as one week ago, with the Timbers dominating possession but their opposition creating several dangerous chances in early action – leading to a Jeff Larentowicz penalty kick that put the Fire up 1-0 in the 19th minute.

The share of spoils for the Fire – at a place where Portland have lost just twice under head coach Caleb Porter’s tenure – conclude their two-week West Coast swing to open the season on a somewhat positive note after last week’s 3-2 loss to Chivas USA. Especially considering the way Chicago weathered an intense Portland storm late after being reduced to 10 men when Patrick Nyarko was ejected after a second caution for a reckless challenge on Darlington Nagbe.

The Timbers opened the second half with seemingly endless chances to net the equalizer.

On a counter in the 56th minute, Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri rolled a cross into the area. Both Fernandez and striker Maximiliano Urruti had chances, but neither could put their foot to it.

A Valeri blast in the 65th minute had to be saved by Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson. The rebound when to second-half substitute Steve Zakuani, but his two shots were both blocked.

Portland were gifted a chance in the 75th minute when a bungled clearance by Johnson and defender Bakary Soumare gave Timbers captain Will Johnson a free shot at an open goal, but his attempt rolled inexplicably wide.

The goal finally came when Nagbe teed up a rocket from the top of the area. It was saved by Johnson, but the rebound fell right to Fernandez for the easy tap in.

Chicago proved to be the aggressor in early action, finding space on the counter from the pace of attacking trio of striker Quincy Amarikwa and wingers Alex and Benji Joya, the US youth international receiving his first MLS start.

Alex nearly struck on a expertly played volley and spinning left-footed shot that required a diving finger-tip save by Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

The Fire’s early energy paid off in the 19th minute when Amarikwa beat Timbers center back Norberto Paparatto to a long ball in the box. Paparatto took down Amarikwa near the end line, enough of a shove from behind for referee Marcos de Oliveira to point to the spot.

Larentowicz calmly fired home for the 1-0 lead as Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts guessed wrong on his dive, momentarily rewarding a Fire starting XI that was sporting four changes from the team that lost to Chivas USA last weekend.

The Timbers hit the road for the first time this season for their next matchup, a Saturday meeting with the Colorado Rapids. The Fire next make their home opener against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

Dan Itel covers the Portland Timbers for MLSsoccer.com.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Bakary Soumare The Fire's center back made a number of tackles, blocks and headers that thwarted several of the Timbers' attacks.
2 Quincy Amarikwa His speed and runs caused major problems for Portland in the 1st half, also drawing the PK. With better finishing, he could've had a goal or two of his own.
3 Will Johnson On an off-night for the Timbers attack, the captain was the most active in and around the Fire box, but was unlucky not to find the back of the net.