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  • March 16, 2014
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
  • Referee: Marcos de Oliveira Marcelo
  • • Attendance: 20814

Live Commentary

  • And that's it! A second straight 1-1 draw for Portland, but a first point of the season for Chicago.
  • 90' + 1'
    Yellow Card Norberto Paparatto
  • 90'
    The Timbers are pushing forward. Hard. Only Donovan Ricketts in his own half right now.
  • 87'
    SubstitutionDiego Valeri Frédéric Piquionne
  • 86'
    Yellow/Red Patrick Nyarko
  • 86'
    Red Card! Patrick Nyarko picks up a second yellow for hacking down Diego Chara on the run. The Fire are down to 10 with only a few minutes left
  • 84'
    SubstitutionQuincy Amarikwa Juan Luis Anangonó
  • 79'
    Goal Gastón Nicolás Fernández
  • 79'
    Goal! It's all level! Fernandez has an easy finish as Nagbe's shot is spilled by Johnson right into the feet of the unmarked striker.
  • 76'
    Portland is just pounding the Fire now, but completely unable to make anything go in. Fernandez had a chance off the last man, but his poor touch rolls right to Johnson.
  • 74'
    Yellow Card Patrick Nyarko
  • 71'
    Another HUGE miss for Portland! Johnson comes out of his net to sweep a routine ball, but makes a hash of it, and Will Johnson has an open net from 20 yards but hits it wide.
  • 69'
    Some wonderful defense from Darlington Nagbe, who strips the ball from Shipp near the corner flag, muscles him off, and spins away to start a counter.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionLovel Palmer Patrick Ianni
  • 66'
    An instant impact from Zakuani, whose pace really created that chance for him to shoot.
  • 66'
    Yes, that was Will Johnson attempting a bicycle kick.
  • 65'
    A cross comes into Fernandez from the right, but he's unable to control. A few seconds later, it's Portland back down the left, and Chicago is at sixes and sevens to keep it out of the net.
  • 64'
    SubstitutionB. Joya Patrick Nyarko
  • 61'
    SubstitutionMaximiliano Urruti Steve Zakuani
  • 61'
    Yellow Card Quincy Amarikwa
  • 61'
    And that's Steve Zakuani, the former Sounder, making his debut for the Portland Timbers.
  • 59'
    Ricketts is slow to get up after a collision with Amarikwa.
  • 56'
    What a miss! Valeri plays a cross in past the Chicago keeper, but neither Fernandez or Urruti can get to it. The unmarked Max Urruti at the far post is especially at fault for failing to apply a simple touch
  • 52'
    Nagbe charges into the box from the left flank, and it takes a reckless, last-ditch tackle from Palmer to remove the danger.
  • 48'
    Nagbe lines up a shot from the edge of the area, but he's flooded by Fire defenders and it's blocked after a couple of yards.
  • Halftime! I need a second to catch my breath. Chicago leads, and has had dangerous moments, but Portland is unlucky to be behind.
  • 45'
    Sean Johnson comes up big, stopping a low shot from fellow Johnson Will after good Portland pressure inside the box finds the captain unmarked on the wide periphery.
  • 45'
    A quickly-taken midfield free kick allows the Timbers to strike forward on the counter. Fernandez plays a short pass to Will Johnson inside the box, but Bakary Soumare prevents the shot.
  • 43'
    Yellow Card Lovel Palmer
  • 42'
    Chara wins the ball and sprays it towards Urruti, who takes a whack from former teammate Lovel Palmer, resulting in a yellow card.
  • 42'
    Diego Valeri puts his head to a cross, but that's easily caught by Johnson.
  • 40'
    Alex has a pop on the half volley and it slices well wide of the mark, but Chicago players are getting into good positions on offense.
  • 38'
    When Portland gets the ball, there's plenty of moving it around and trying to pick out the right run. Chicago's found its best moments on the counter, pressuring the Timbers back line with direct running and dangerous long passes.
  • 36'
    Diego Valeri has had a pretty quiet game by his standards, but he plays a nice one-two with Nagbe before running into trouble and coughing up the ball.
  • 34'
    Amarikwa wins the ball on the endline, keeps it within the boundaries of the field, and beats two men before he's stripped of the ball running into the box.
  • 31'
    Fernandez arcs a beautiful ball across the Fire goalmouth, but there's nobody on the other end to capitalize
  • 25'
    Yellow Card Bakary Soumare
  • 24'
    So far, the men making it happen for their respective teams have been Fernandez and Amarikwa. A good showcase for the quick little skill guys.
  • 23'
    Fernandez finds Urruti making a run into the box, and the forward's shot is deflected out of play for a corner, which is punched well away by Johnson.
  • 20'
    GOAL! Larentowicz converts with a shot into the low corner while Ricketts goes the wrong way and it's 1-0 to the visitors!
  • 19'
    Penalty Goal Jeff Larentowicz
  • 19'
    Penalty! I'm not sure that one is correct, as Amarikwa threw himself into Paparatto before the Argentine fell on top of him. Larentowicz steps up...
  • 16'
    Chicago gets behind the Portland back line and Amarikwa has a chance, but his shot/cross hooks sharply away from goal.
  • 15'
    The replacement ref is letting a lot go so far. Urruti and Nagbe are sent to the ground seconds apart with no call.
  • 13'
    Some good work from new signing Matt Watson earns a corner kick, but it's cleared and nearly results in a Timbers counter until Larentowicz cuts out the danger.
  • 13'
    Some good work from new signing Matt Watson earns a corner kick, but it's cleared and nearly results in a Timbers counter until Larentowicz cuts out the danger.
  • 11'
    Urruti is tripped up outside the box, giving Portland a dangerous free kick. Will Johnson steps up and flashes it just wide of the far post.
  • 9'
    Donovan Ricketts is forced to pull out a save against a nice distance shot from Alex, and concedes a corner.
  • 7'
    Gaston Fernandez wins the ball in the middle and plays it wide and forward to an unmarked Max Urruti, but the Uruguayan is offside.
  • 5'
    It's Chicago's turn to threaten as Harrison Shipp has an opportunity at the near post, but he sees it wide.
  • 4'
    Diego Chara bursts into the box with the ball, but some solid defense sees him dispossessed and the ball out for a corner, which is cleared.
  • 2'
    Futty Danso is on the ground after colliding with Sean Johnson on a Timbers free kick.
  • I was up in Seattle yesterday and watched the Sounders lose to Toronto FC. Will the Timbers be the second PNW team this weekend to unexpectedly lose at home? Or will Caleb Porter's men keep Frank Yallop's team without a point yet this season?
  • And the starters for the Fire: Johnson; Palmer, Hurtado, Soumare, Segares; Joya, Larentowicz, Alex, Shipp, Watson; Amarikwa.Subs: Reynish, Anangono, Cochrane, Ianni, Nyarko, Pause, Pineda.
  • Here's the Timbers lineup: Ricketts, Jewsbury, Danso, Paparatto, Harrington, Chara, Valeri, Johnson, Nagbe, Urruti, Fernandez. Subs: Weber, McKenzie, Powell, Zemanski, Nanchoff, Zakuani, Piquionne.
  • Welcome to our LIVE commentary of the Portland Timbers taking on the Chicago Fire! I'm Goal USA editor and Pacific Northwest columnist Keith Hickey, and I'll be relaying you the match events today.