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Strange tie at home on Saturday is Portland Timbers' MLS-leading 12th of the season.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - When Marvin Loria put home this shot in stoppage time Saturday, it appeared the Timbers would escape 1-0 winners. Alas, FC Dallas tied it moments later in a 1-1 draw at providence Park.Soccer can torment in many ways.

Stoppage-time goals are near the top of the list.

The Portland Timbers and FC Dallas exchanged goals after 90 minutes of stalemate on Saturday, Aug. 6. The resulting 1-1 draw at Providence Park felt fair given the lack of scoring opportunities for Portland and Dallas' inability to convert a couple of good looks.

But, the second 1-1 draw at home in four days — while lifting the Timbers above the playoff line for now — felt like a loss after Portland took a lead in the 96th minute on a Marvin Loria penalty kick. In the 100th minute, a desperate Dallas tied it from a corner kick that skimmed off the head of Portland's Diego Chara and inside the far post — silencing a couple of minutes of celebrating for the 24,114 at Providence Park.


Timbers, 90+6 — Marvin Loria followed up when Dallas keeper Maarten Paes stopped Loria's penalty kick, putting the rebound home. A handball foul against Dallas defender Matt Hedges, called after video review showed his forearm blocked a Loria shot, resulted in the penalty kick.

FC Dallas, 90+10 — An own goal off the top of Diego Chara's head from a Dallas corner kick taken by Jesus Ferreira. Chara was trying to keep the ball from reaching the taller Hedges at the near post. Slightly nudged off balance, the ball clipped the top of the leaping Chara's head and deflected inside the far post.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Gresham native and former Portland Timber Marco Farfan slides in for a tackle against the Timbers' Dairon Asprilla on Saturday at Providence Park.Big picture — The Timbers are unbeaten in 10 consecutive matches. But six of those are draws, including three in four home matches over the last three weeks. At 7-6-12, Portland occupies the seventh and final playoff spot — but most of the clubs around them in a tight playoff battle have more games remaining, so the Timbers have failed to put themselves in a better place with their recent home-heavy schedule.

On the other hand, they've hung around by not letting rivals get wins, either. Portland's 12 draws are three more than any other club in Major League Soccer. So, it's fair to say the Timbers are hanging around.

Not-so-beautiful game — For the second time this week, Portland was treated to a less-than-pretty soccer match. On Wednesday against Nashville it was physicality that took the rhythm from the game. On Saturday, it was part tactics, but felt more like the mental and physical drain of a third match in eight days for both teams. Until the drama of stoppage times, a few big scrambling plays by Portland goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic were the most exciting moments of the evening.

Playmakers' impact — Portland finally got some consistent possession in the attacking half of the field after its two best playmakers — Sebastian Blanco and Eryk Williamson — entered in the 65th minute. Blanco's combination play with Loria created the shot that was ruled a handball and penalty kick.

Farfan's return — Gresham native Marco Farfan, a former Timbers homegrown player, made his 23rd start of the season for FC Dallas. That's a career high for the 23-year-old, who played in 35 matches over four seasons for the Timbers and was traded to LAFC before the 2021 season. He left Saturday's match after tangling with Dairon Asprilla in a battle for possession. He was on the field to hug former Portland teammates at the end of the match.

Also, South African rookie Tsiki Ntsabeleng out of Oregon State came on at halftime for FC Dallas. It was his 21st appearance of the season (nine starts).

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - This header from Bill Tuiloma went over the goal in the second half. It was one of the few scoring chamges the Portland Timbers generated in Saturday's 1-1 draw with FC Dallas.Lineup notes — For the second match in a row, the Timbers went with three centerbacks. Dairon Asprilla on the right and Claudio Bravo on the left played as wingbacks, with Loria taking over for Bravo at halftime. The central midfield featured Diego Chara, David Ayala and, at a more advanced spot, Santiago Moreno and Yimmi Chara behind Jaroslaw Niezgoda. Coach Savarese pointed to the fact that Bravo and Williamson were each able to play some minutes is encouraging, and he expects midfielder Cristhian Paredes to return soon.

Savarese's take — "We did a lot of good things. And in a way that was very interesting with guys that we had to play in a different position with a different system. I thought Loria came into the game really well. I mean, at the moment when the ball was in (for Dallas), you feel it really deep inside, but right there you have to just be positive and continue to work."

Timbers' next match — Portland at Toronto FC, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.

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