Rapids, Timbers play to 2-2 tie in Portland

Published 1:22 a.m. ET July 14, 2019 | Updated 2:18 a.m. ET July 14, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Sam Nicholson entered the game in the 67th minute and quickly made an impact.

Nicholson scored the tying goal nine minutes after subbing in to help the Rapids play to a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.

The midfielder’s first goal of the season was a left-footed strike from the top of the box that left Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark flat-footed. Clark, who finished with six saves, said he had an obstructed view of the goal.

“Incredible,” Rapids midfielder Jonathan Lewis said. “He was very good off the bench today. That goal was a wonder goal.”

It came after Portland (7-3-8) took a one-goal lead in the 63rd when Diego Valeri made a penalty kick, which was the result of a Colorado hand ball.

The first goal of the back-and-forth match came in the 27th minute when Rapids defender Tommy Smith scored an own goal. His header intended to clear Valeri’s corner kick went past Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard into the back of the net.

During the celebration, Timbers players rushed over and crowded around coach Gio Saverese, whose father, Carlo Savarese, died…

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