Timbers finish season with 1-1 tie

Danso scores in stoppage time to pull even at Real Salt Lake



SANDY, Utah — Futty Danso scored in stoppage time to lift the Portland Timbers to a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Danso’s late goal helped the Timbers (11-14-9) finish the season on a positive note after barely missing out on a playoff berth.

Alvaro Saborio scored in the 45th minute for Salt Lake (15-11-8), which had clinched a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive season a month ago and could have wrapped up third place in the Western Conference with a win.

Saborio got his 11th goal in MLS play this season when he beat Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins as he charged toward him and chipped the ball over Perkins’ head. The ball took a high bounce and bounded into the net to give Salt Lake the lead moments before halftime.

The goal from Saborio snapped a 270-minute scoreless streak for Salt Lake, going back to a 2-1 loss to Los Angeles on Oct. 1.

Portland had a chance to tie the score in the 56th minute when Jack Jewsbury lined up for a penalty kick following a handball infraction by Salt Lake. However, Jewsbury hit the ball off the crossbar.

Danso made up for the miss when he slipped behind the Salt Lake defense and scored.


Portland 0 1–1

Real Salt Lake 1 0–1

First half–1, Real Salt Lake, Saborio 11 (Espindola), 45th+ minute.

Second half–2, Portland, Danso 3 (Dike), 90th+.

Goalies–Portland, Troy Perkins; Real Salt Lake, Nick Rimando.

Yellow Cards–Wingert, Real Salt Lake, 28th; Alvarez, Real Salt Lake, 34th; Wallace, Portland, 39th; Dike, Portland, 82nd; Saborio, Real Salt Lake, 87th.

Referee–Silvio Petrescu. Assistant Referees–Chris Strickland. Hector Vergara. 4th Official–Allen Chapman.


Portland–Troy Perkins, Eric Brunner, Mamadou Danso, Lovel Palmer (David Horst, 72nd), James Marcelin, Kalif Alhassan (Brian Umony, 79th), Rodney Wallace, Diego Chara, Eric Alexander, Jack Jewsbury, Kenny Cooper (Bright Dike, 66th).

Real Salt Lake–Nick Rimando, Jamison Olave, Robbie Russell, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert, Andy Williams (Arturo Alvarez, 84th), Will Johnson, Yordany Alvarez, Javier Morales, Fabian Espindola, Alvaro Saborio.