Portland Timbers draw with Honduran team in CCL opener

Nov 8, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri (8) passes the ball against Los Angeles FC during the first half at Banc Of California Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Timbers squandered a pair of one-goal leads and wound up with a 2-2 draw against host Marathon on Tuesday in the opening leg of CONCACAF Champions League first-round series at San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

The second leg of the total-goal series is scheduled for April 13 in Portland.

The Timbers jumped on top when Felipe Mora scored in the 35th minute on a shot from just above the penalty spot.

Marathon drew level four minutes later when Edwin Solano’s centering pass led to a tap-in for Brayan Castillo.

In the 59th minute, Portland’s Diego Valeri took a long-range free kick that Marathon goalie Denovan Torres saved onto the goalpost, only to have the ball ricochet off his back and into the net for an own goal.

Marathon’s Marlon Ramirez pulled the hosts level by driving across the top of the 16-yard box and hitting a low shot to bottom left corner past Timbers goalie Steve Clark.

Elsewhere in the CONCACAF Champions League, Atlanta United opened later Tuesday night against Alajuelense in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

–Field Level Media