Draws continue to help Timbers

Portland ties Vancouver, takes another step toward playoff berth
Oct. 6, 1013
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The Portland Timbers missed their chance to move to the top of the Western Conference Sunday, but a 2-2 draw at Vancouver still helped their drive to their first MLS playoff berth.

Darlington Nagbe and Will Johnson both scored and assisted on each others' goal as the team battled with their Northwest rival.

With the draw, Portland improved to 12-5-14, for 50 points, while Vancouver improved to 11-11-9, 42 points.

A victory would have moved the Timbers into a tie for first with Real Salt Lake at 52 points, but the draw kept them in third place, one point behind Seattle, which lost to Colorado 5-1 Saturday night.

Portland plays host to Seattle and Salt Lake the next two weekends. The Timbers are six points ahead of sixth-place San Jose with each team having three games left on their schedule. Vancouver is seventh.

The draw did eliminate the Timbers from defending the Cascadia Cup against the Whitecaps and Sounders.

Nagbe scored the opening goal in the 41st minute off an assist by Johnson. The teams battled evenly into the second half, when Vancouver's Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo scored in the 76th minute, sparking a run of three goals in three minutes. Johnson put Portland back in front off an assist by Nagbe in the 77th minute, then Da Silva Sanvezzo tallied the second time to make the match all square.