Chara brothers propel Portland Timbers to draw vs. Earthquakes in San Jose

With the 1-1 draw, the Timbers (4-4-3, 15 points) don’t improve their position in the standings much and sit tied with two other teams for fifth place, but they did curtail a recent trend of conceding goals in bunches.

Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark made a spectacular diving save in the 89th minute, shuffling across the goal to deny Chris Wondolowski and keep the score level.

The Timbers haven’t recorded a shutout since a 1-0 win over Nashville SC on March 8, their last match before the MLS season was disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Before kickoff, the two teams gathered together and held up a banner that said “Stay strong California + Oregon,” a reference to the devastating wildfires across the West Coast that have forced thousands to evacuate their homes.

In the lead-up to Wednesday’s game, the Timbers had to train indoors in Portland since COVID-related restrictions prevent MLS teams from staying overnight in hotels for away trips.

The match was originally supposed to be played three weeks ago but was postponed amid player strikes throughout the sports world prompted by the police shooting of an unarmed Black man in Wisconsin.

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