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Toronto strikes late to draw with Portland

Jul 31, 2011 - 6:04 AM Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Toronto FC stole a point Saturday at Jeld-Wen Field as it played to a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers.

Eddie Johnson nearly opened the scoring for the Timbers in the 10th minute after getting on the end of a Lovel Palmer through ball. Johnson's shot was parried onto the crossbar by Toronto goalkeeper Stefan Frei and the rebound was immediately cleared.

Toronto hit the frame in the first half as well. Joao Plata worked himself into a dangerous position before ripping a shot from the far left side of the box that hit the post.

Portland immediately took the rebound and began a counterattack.

Diego Chara found Johnson at the top of the box, who proceeded to cut inside and lace a shot past a diving Stefan Frei to give the Timbers the lead.

In the 56th minute, Chara earned a penalty kick for the Timbers after he was tripped in the box by Andy Iro.

Jack Jewsbury hammered the ensuing penalty kick past Frei to double Portland's advantage.

After trading goal-scoring opportunities for much of the second half, Toronto was able to pull one back in the 71st minute.

A failed clearance fell to Toronto newcomer Peri Marosevic who hit a low shot from distance past a diving Troy Perkins.

Toronto completed the comeback in the 81st minute when Danny Koevermans displayed his prowess in front of goal, redirecting a cross into the back of the net.

Portland's home form continues to dwindle, as the Timbers have gone 0-4-2 in their last six regular season matches at Jeld-Wen.

The Timbers (6-10-4) will host the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday while Toronto (3-11-10) will seek its first road win of the season when it faces D.C. United at RFK Stadium on August 6th.