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Dynamo, Timbers trade goals in 1-1 draw

Neither team could find the edge to get a win on Wednesday night.

MLS: Portland Timbers at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Dynamo hosted the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium. Both sides were looking for a win and three points as the Timbers were hoping to jump start their season and the Dynamo were looking to rebound after losing to Seattle over the weekend. Both sides would have to settle for a point each after they played to a 1-1 draw.

In the 40th minute it was Mauro Manotas who broke the 0-0 deadlock. The Dynamo won a corner kick which was taken by Memo Rodriguez. Alberth Elis got a touch on the service from Rodriguez trying to direct it towards goal. The ball fell to an uncovered Manotas who was able to put it away for the lead.

While the Dynamo held a 7% advantage in time of possession in the first half they struggled to use it to their advantage. The Timbers did what they needed to prevent the Dynamo the space the needed to create chances. Houston held a one shot advantage over Portland with nine shots in the first half with several of them coming after Houston’s 40th minute goal. The goal came in large part thanks to the Timbers failure to cover Manotas on the corner kick.

Brian Fernandez leveled things up in the 77th minute after a Dynamo turn over. The ball was turned over near the Timber’s goal but a long ball over the top helped get the ball to Fernandez down field. Dynamo goal keeper Joe Willis came out to try and make a stop but Fernandez put the ball past him to level the game at 1-1.

Both sides pushed to find the game winning goal but neither were able to do so. Houston finished the game with a 5.2% advantage in time of possession and 19 shots in the game. While the Timbers had 16 shots in the game it wasn’t until their goal scorer, Fernandaz, came on in the second half that they really started to put together dangerous chances.

The Dynamo will have little rest as they host DC United on Saturday.