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WEDNESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/San Jose stops Adi penalty kick in first of three periods as Portland opens preseason slate in Tucson

The Portland Timbers' first action against another team in 2018 ended in a scoreless draw on Wednesday in Tucson, Arizona.

The scrimmage with the San Jose Earthquakes featured a penalty kick by Portland's Fanendo Adi that was saved during the first of three 30-minute periods.

San Jose rookie Paul Marie was given a red card only seven minutes in for a foul against Vytas.

"Overall, I think it was a good first match for us," first-year Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said. "We need to be better in many different ways. But I think it's a good first day playing 11-v-11."

Portland's players for the first 30 minutes were Jeff Attinella, Zarek Valentin, Larrys Mabiala, Liam Ridgewell, Vytas, David Guzman, Lawrence Olum, Dairon Asprilla, Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco and Adi.

The second 30 minutes started with Jake Gleeson in goal, Valentin and Marco Farfan at outside back, Julio Cascante and Bill Tuiloma at center back, Olum and Andres Flores at holding midfield, Victor Arboleda, Renzo Zambrano and Jack Barmby in attacking midfield and Jeremy Ebobisse at striker. Midway through that period, Eryk Williamson replaced Olum and Chance Myers replaced Valentin. Zambrano was shown a red card late in the second period.

In the final 30 minutes, Kendall McIntosh played in goal and guest player Dustin Corea took Zambrano's place in midfield.

Next is a 5 p.m. Saturday match against Seattle at Tucson's Kino Sports Complex.

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