Paredes scores in 80th, Timbers tie Orlando City 1-1
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Cristhian Paredes scored on a penalty kick in the 80th minute to give the the Portland Timbers a a 1-1 draw with Orlando City on Sunday.
Junior Urso scored for Orlando City (2-1-2) in the 52nd minute in the first game between the two teams since August 2020, when they met in the MLS is Back tournament final. The Timbers won in the bubble 2-1.
Josecarlos Van Rankin was shown a red card for the Timbers (1-1-3) in the 76th minute and they played with 10 men the rest of the way.
The Timbers were coming off a 4-1 loss on the road last weekend to FC Dallas, which got three goals in 10 minutes from Jesus Ferreira.
Orlando City defeated the LA Galaxy 1-0 last Saturday.
Eryk Williamson entered the match as a substitute in the 82nd minute, for his first appearance with the Timbers since tearing his ACL last August in a game against the Sounders.
The Timbers Army supporters’ group was silent for five minutes at the start of the game in protest of the team’s handling of domestic abuse allegations against former player Andy Polo.
Polo was dismissed from the team last month after his estranged wife accused him of abuse on Peruvian television. Polo’s contract was renewed in December even after a sheriff’s department call to Polo’s home last May. Polo was cited but never charged in the incident and he denies the allegations.
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