Stephenson gets San Jose a tie with Portland



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Khari Stephenson’s goal from 18 yards in the 70th minute allowed the San Jose Earthquakes to salvage a 1-1 tie with the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night.

The Timbers, who extended their unbeaten streak to five games, took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute on a goal by Kenny Cooper.

The tie boost the Timbers’ chances of reaching the MLS playoffs. Portland (10-12-7, 37 points) moved into sole possession of the 10th and final playoff berth.

With five games remaining in its inaugural season, Portland is one point ahead of New York and two points ahead of DC United.

San Jose (6-11-12, 30) all but fell out of playoff contention with the tie.

The crowd of 18,627 marked Portland’s 16th consecutive sellout.