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Portland draws 1-1 with Club América in the Champions League

Second leg is next week at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City

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Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, center, punches the ball away as Larrys Mabiala, left, and América defender Bruno Valdez, right, close in during the first half of a CONCACAF Champions League soccer match in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, center, punches the ball away as Larrys Mabiala, left, and América defender Bruno Valdez, right, close in during the first half of a CONCACAF Champions League soccer match in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes) Photo Gallery

PORTLAND — Felipe More scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time to pull the Portland Timbers into a 1-1 draw with Club América on Wednesday night in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal.

Club América, which is second to Cruz Azul in Liga MX, took the lead on Roger Martinez’s penalty kick in first-half stoppage time.

Portland peppered Club América goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa with a flurry of second-half shots, especially in the final 20 minutes, but was unable to break through until Mora’s penalty.

The Timbers were among an unprecedented five Major League Soccer teams in the quarterfinals of the tournament. CONCACAF is the confederation for North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Club América has won the event twice in the past decade and has seven titles overall. Clubs from Mexico have won the tournament every year since 2008.

The teams meet for the second leg next Wednesday at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. The winner will face the winner of the quarterfinal between Atlanta United and the Philadelphia Union.

The Timbers were missing two top playmakers, Jeremy Ebobisse and Sebastian Blanco, because of injuries. Ebobisse could be back for the second leg.

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