Per Team release
The Portland Timbers rallied behind a late goal from Jeremy Ebobisse to earn a 2-2 draw against Los Angeles FC in their final match of group play at the MLS is Back Tournament, securing the top spot in Group F at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Thursday night. With the draw, Portland will square off against FC Cincinnati in the Round of 16 on July 28. Jaroslaw Niezgoda opened the scoring with his first career goal for the Timbers in the seventh minute, while Ebobisse scored for a third consecutive match, notching the equalizer in the 81st minute.
Group F in Review
Portland (3-1-1, 10pts) posted a record of 2-0-1 (7pts) in three groups games as part of the MLS is Back Tournament to finish atop Group F. The Timbers were one of two teams (LAFC) to register multiple goals in all three of their group matches, receiving goals from four players (Sebastián Blanco, Ebobisse, Niezgoda, Diego Valeri) and assists from six players (Blanco, Marvin Loría, Larrys Mabiala, Bill Tuiloma, Valeri, Eryk Williamson).
With the draw, Portland is unbeaten in its last four matches, posting a record of 3-0-1, dating back to March 8, 2020. During that stretch, the Timbers have outscored their opponents, 7-4. Individually, Ebobisse has scored in three straight matches, marking the first time Ebobisse has tallied a goal in three consecutive matches. Blanco has recorded an assist in three consecutive matches – the second time Blanco has recorded an assist in three straight contests in his career with Portland.
Niezgoda earned his first career start with Portland and recorded his first goal for the Timbers. Tuiloma recorded his first career assist for Portland, while Loría registered his first assist of the season. Cristhian Paredes and Marco Farfan both made their tournament debuts against LAFC, earning starts in the match. For Farfan, it was his first appearance with the Timbers in 2020. Additionally, Andy Polo made his first start of the competition.
POR – Jaroslaw Niezgoda (Sebastián Blanco, Marvin Loría), 7th minute: From near the right sideline, Blanco played a perfectly-weighted through ball into space for Niezgoda, making a run to the edge of the box. Niezgoda received the pass and calmly slotted the ball past LAFC goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega from just inside the box.
LAFC – Bradley Wright-Phillips (Latif Blessing), 36th minute: Latif Blessing played the ball to Bradley Wright-Phillips, who fired a shot from near the edge of the box inside the left post.
LAFC – Mark-Anthony Kaye (Brian Rodríguez), 40th minute: Brian Rodríguez served a corner kick to the back post for Mark Anthony-Kaye, who deposited a header into the back of the net the from close range.
POR – Jeremy Ebobisse (Bill Tuiloma), 81st minute: Dario Zuparic directed a header toward goal off a Diego Valeri corner kick. An LAFC player cleared the initial header from Zuparic, but Tuiloma won the ball, sending a header back across the face of goal to Ebobisse, who directed the ball with a quick header inside the right post