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Ebobisse caps Timbers’ comeback in 2-2 draw with Dynamo

Portland has yet to win at Houston

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Houston Dynamo midfielder Matias Vera (22) walks off as Portland Timbers Jeremy Ebobisse, middle, and Jose van Rankin (2) celebrate the goal by Ebobisse during the second half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Houston.
Houston Dynamo midfielder Matias Vera (22) walks off as Portland Timbers Jeremy Ebobisse, middle, and Jose van Rankin (2) celebrate the goal by Ebobisse during the second half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke) Photo Gallery

HOUSTON — Jeremy Ebobisse scored in stoppage time to give the Portland Timbers a 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night.

Ebobisse headed home a wide cross from Larrys Mabiala in the 91st minute, capping the second-half comeback for the Timbers (4-4-1). It was the forward’s first goal of the season.

Dairon Asprilla pulled Portland within one in the 50th minute, gathering a lead pass from Claudio Bravo and placing a chip shot over the goalkeeper.

The Dynamo (3-3-4) opened the scoring in the 15th minute on Fafà Picault’s close-range header. Portland goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic did well to block Maxi Urruti’s volley following a corner kick, and Picault reacted quickest to nod home his second goal of the year.

Tyler Pasher extended the Houston lead in the 33rd, curling home a right-footed shot from the top of the penalty area.

Both teams hit the crossbar during the first half, beginning with Dynamo center back Maynor Figueroa heading a Vera cross off the woodwork in the 28th minute. Portland midfielder Eryk Williamson fired a volley smack off the crossbar in the 42nd minute after executing a give-and-go with Pablo Bonilla.

TIMBERS 2, DYNAMO 2 (tie)

Portland 0 2—2

Houston 2 0—2

First Half—1, Houston, Picault, 2 (Figueroa), 15th minute; 2, Houston, Pasher, 2 (Vera), 33rd.

Second Half—3, Portland, Asprilla, 3 (Bravo), 50th; 4, Portland, Ebobisse, 1 (Mabiala), 90th+2.

Goalies—Portland, Aljaz Ivacic, Hunter Sulte, Steve Clark; Houston, Marko Maric, Michael Nelson.

Yellow Cards—Bonilla, Portland, 38th; Picault, Houston, 59th; Mabiala, Portland, 72nd; Blanco, Portland, 73rd.

Referee—Armando Villarreal. Assistant Referees—Michael Barwegen, Tiffini Turpin, Sorin Stoica. 4th Official—Elvis Osmanovic.

Lineups

Portland—Aljaz Ivacic; Pablo Bonilla (Jose van Rankin, 62nd), Claudio Bravo, Zac McGraw, Bill Tuiloma, Dario Zuparic (Larrys Mabiala, 49th); Eryk Williamson, Renzo Zambrano (Diego Chara, 71st); Dairon Asprilla (Sebastian Blanco, 71st, Blake Bodily, 90th+2), Jeremy Ebobisse, Marvin Loria (Diego Valeri, 51st).

Houston—Marko Maric; Maynor Figueroa, Adam Lundqvist, Tim Parker, Tyler Pasher (Ariel Lassiter, 75th), Zarek Valentin; Joe Corona (Darwin Ceren, 70th), Derrick Jones (Boniek Garcia, 88th), Fafa Picault (Sam Junqua, 89th), Matias Vera; Maximiliano Urruti.

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