The Portland Timbers and the New England Revolution played to a 1-1 tie at Foxborough. The Timbers earn their first point in the MLS. This was the best game the Timbers have played so far in the season.
The Timbers changed up their starting line up with David Horst at center D. Kalif Alhassan played on the left side in midfield. James Marcelin made his first start of the season as a central midfielder.In goal Jake Gleeson started his second match. Once again Gleeson came up big with some fantastic saves.
New England got on the board first as the Timbers had a problem clearing the ball out of their area. Midfielder Stephen McCarthy found the net with a good strike as he picked up a loose ball outside the area. This was McCarthy first goal in his first season in the MLS. The Timbers started to pick up their game putting together some good passes and just before half time got the tying goal. It came on a play as a ball was found Kenny Cooper on the left side who slotted it to Jeremy Hall in the center just outside the area. Hall was able to make a soft touch to a wide open Jack Jewsberry who put a low shot pass Matt Reis into the net.
The second half saw both teams with some chances but no goals. The Timbers hit the post on Kalif Ahassan free kick just outside the area. The match ended with New England putting a lot of pressure on the Timbers.
It was sad to see just over 7000 fans attend the match. The home opener is sold out for the Timbers that will be just under 20,000.