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'La Gata' goal rescues Timbers again
March 16th, 2014 10:02PM

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[MLS: Week 2] For the second week in a row, the Portland Timbers fell behind at home and needed a late goal from new Argentine forward Gaston Fernandez to earn a 1-1 tie. A share of the points at home against two teams that did not make the Eastern Conference playoffs in 2013 was not the way the Timbers expected to start the 2014 season.

Portland’s 21 shots were just one shy of tying its MLS club record for shots in a single game, set in 2011, but it trailed for an hour after Argentine defender Norberto Paparatto was whistled for committing a foul in the penalty box against Quincy Amarikwa, setting up Jeff Larentowicz's spot kick in the 19th minute. Fernandez, "La Gata," found himself all alone in front to put away a deflected shot for the tying goal with 11 minutes to play.

After a 3-2 loss at Chivas USA, Fire coach Frank Yallop shook up his lineup, giving the first MLS starts to Benji Joya and Harry Shipp on Sunday. Brazilian Alex was the only in the front five who kept his starting spot. Once again, Mike Magee did not play. Last week, he dressed but did not play. Yallop had said earlier in the week that Magee was nursing a hamstring injury, though there continues to be widespread speculation about a contractual dispute between Magee and Yallop.



Welcome to MLS (U.S. Debuts)
John Berner (90 minutes), COL (35th draft pick, SIU-Edwardsville)
Christian Dean (sub: 14 minutes), VAN (3rd draft pick, Univ. of California)
J.J. Koval (sub: 28 minutes), SJ (9th draft, Stanford Univ.)
Harry Shipp (90 minutes), CHI (HG, Univ. of Notre Dame)

-- Chivas USA remained unbeaten, earning a 1-1 tie against Vancouver despite having to play the last 77 minutes with 10 men after the ejection of Agustin Pelletieri.

WEEK 2: Schedule
Sunday, March 16
Portland 1 Chicago 1.
CHI: Jeff Larentowicz pen. 19
POR: Gaston Fernandez 79
Red card: CHI -- Patrick Nyarko 86.
Att.: 20,814

Chivas USA 1 Vancouver 1.
CHV: Erick Torres (Mauro Rosales) 45
VAN: Kekuta Manneh (Darren Mattocks) 81
Red card: CHV -- Agustin Pelletieri 13.
Att.: 6,684.

Saturday, March 15
San Jose 3 Real Salt Lake 3.
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Victor Bernardez, Shea Salinas) 6
RSL: Kyle Beckerman (Joao Plata) 11
RSL: Joao Plata (Luis Gil) 32
RSL: Luke Mulholland 45+4
SJ: Victor Bernardez (Shea Salinas) 75
SJ: Victor Bernardez 90+5
Att.: 10,525.

Sporting KC 1 FC Dallas 1.

SKC: Aurelien Collin (Benny Feilhaber) 81
DAL: Matt Hedges (Michel) 90
Att.: 19,431.

Houston 1 Montreal 0.
HOU: Will Bruin (Giles Barnes) 40
Att.: 18,245.

Philadelphia 1 New England 0.
PHI: Sebastien Le Toux (Leonardo Fernandes) 31
Att.: 18,651.

New York 1 Colorado 1.

NY: Thierry Henry (Lloyd Sam) 57
COL: Vicente Sanchez pen. 72
Att.: 20,542.

Seattle 1 Toronto FC 2.
TOR: Jermain Defoe (Jonathan Osorio) 17
TOR: Jermain Defoe 24
SEA: Clint Dempsey (Obafemi Martins) 67
Att.: 38,441.

MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
6 Houston 2-0-0 5/0
4 Philadelphia 1-0-1 2/1
3 Columbus 1-0-0 3/0
3 Toronto FC 1-0-0 2/1
1 Sporting KC 0-1-1 1/2
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1 Chicago 0-1-1 3/4
1 New York 0-1-1 2/5
0 Montreal 0-2-0 2/4
0 D.C. United 0-1-0 0/3
0 New England 0-2-0 0/5

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
4 FC Dallas 1-0-1 4/3
4 Real Salt Lake 1-0-1 4/3
4 Vancouver 1-0-1 5/2
4 Chivas USA 1-0-1 4/3
3 Seattle 1-1-0 2/2
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2 Portland 0-0-2 2/2
1 San Jose 0-0-1 3/3
1 Colorado 0-0-1 1/1
0 LA Galaxy 0-1-0 0/1
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
3+1 Will Bruin
, Houston
2+2 Victor Bermudez
, San Jose
2+2 Jermain Defoe
, Toronto FC
2+1 Gaston Fernandez
, Portland
2+1 Joao Plata
, Real Salt Lake
2+1 Erick Torres
, Chivas USA
2 Sebastian Fernandez
, Vancouver
2 Federico Higuain
, Columbus

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 3:
Saturday, March 22,
2 pm ET
New England vs. Vancouver MLS LIVE
4 pm ET
Montreal vs. Seattle Univision Dep. MLS LIVE
Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy NBCSN
4:30 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. D.C. United MLS LIVE
6 pm ET
Columbus vs. Philadelphia MLS LIVE
Colorado vs. Portland MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Chivas USA MLS LIVE
Sporting KC vs. San Jose MLS LIVE
Sunday, March 23
3 pm ET
Chicago vs. New York UniMas

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 4:
Saturday, March 29
4 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. Montreal MLS LIVE
D.C. United vs. Chicago NBCSN
6 pm ET
Colorado vs. Sporting KC MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
Vancouver vs. Houston MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Portland MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Toronto FC MLS LIVE
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Columbus MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. New England MLS LIVE
Sunday, March 30
3 pm ET
New York vs. Chivas USA UniMas


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