T2, El Paso play to 1-1 draw
Portland Timbers 2 and the El Paso Locomotive exchanged goals late in the first half Saturday in a rugged USL Championship soccer match at Providence Park that ended in a 1-1 draw.
Dairon Asprilla followed up his own penalty kick try with a rebound finish in the 41st minute to put Portland ahead 1-0.
Omar Salgado scored for El Paso in the first minute of first-half stoppage time.
Timbers 2 are 5-2-4 (19 points) and fourth in the Western Conference of the USL Championship, the second division of professional soccer in North America.
El Paso, a first-year-club is 4-2-5 (17).
T2 earned a penalty kick when Foster Langsdorf intercepted a Locomotive pass and was fouled from behind.
Asprilla's penalty kick was stopped by goalkeeper Logan Ketterer, who dove to his right. But the rebound went right back to Asprilla, who scored with his left foot.
T2 has converted only three of eight penalty kicks awarded this season.
Portland's lead didn't last.
On a play that started from a throw-in, Salgado was able to receive a touch pass, dribble to his right and score from the top of the 18-yard box with a low shot beyond the reach of Portland goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh.
Paying in his first game of the season because of injury, McIntosh made three saves.
Both teams were whistled for 19 fouls, and the referee handed out seven yellow cards, five to El Paso.
The game was the first of two for T2 at Providence Park ahead of the MLS Timbers' home opener next Saturday. An announced crowd of 3,134 watched the match played in rain. The new eastside grandstand will not open until the Timbers' MLS game on June 1 against Los Angeles FC, but the main grandstand was open and will be for Wednesday's 7 p.m. match for T2 against Real Monarchs SLC.
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