Timbers rally for another draw, 1-1

Kawulok nets first goal as Portland hangs with Chivas USA
March 1, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

Portland coach John Spencer got a good look at most of the players either looking for a roster spot or consistent playing time Thursday night, and they were able to rally in the second half for a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA before 15,195 fans at Jeld-Wen Field.

Ryan Kawulok scored in the 78th minute to match a first-half score by Chivas and the Timbers finished with their second draw of the preseason tournament, three days after a 1-1 tie with San Jose.

Spencer suited up a line-up full of players from last season's U23 squad as well as unsigned players led by forward Sebastian Rincon. The unit applied consistent pressure, but few serious scoring opportunities until Kawulok found the net off a corner by Kalif Alhassan, who entered as a second-half sub.

"He did well with the goal," Spencer said of Kawulok.  "That's why we signed him. He's ready to play in the first team right now." 

Portland plays its final preseason game Sunday against Sweden's AIK.

 

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