With only a handful of matches left in the MLS regular season, Portland moved into the last playoff position thanks to a 1-1 draw with San Jose.The Portland Timbers moved into 10th spot in the league, the final playoff position, with a 1-1 draw against the visiting San Jose Earthquakes.
The game was a sellout, meaning Portland has sold out every home game this season, but San Jose out-shot its opponent 19 to 16 and strung together 443 passes to the Timbers' 236.
"It is a real credit to our players how they came out tonight both offensively and defensively," Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop said. "From start to finish we created a lot of chances and did a good job of limiting a team that is very good at home. We definitely deserved to get something out of the game tonight."
In the ninth minute, Darlington Nagbe wriggled to the touchline and cut the ball back for Kenny Cooper, who scooped his shot inside the far post to open the scoring. Nagbe pulled an impressive reflex save out of Jon Busch, who made six saves in total, three minutes later.
Khari Stephenson equalized in the 70th minute. He hit a speculative shot from just outside the arc which snuck in at the near post.
"We had some good ball movement on the play and I got a little bit of space," the Jamaican said. "I didn’t hit it as well as I wanted to, but I think that I caught the goalkeeper off guard a bit and it found the corner."
The draw leaves San Jose on 30 points and with one win in the last 16 matches.