In a game that saw nine yellow cards (three to the Rapids), the Colorado Rapids extend their unbeaten streak to nine games in a row in a 2-2 draw against the Portland Timbers in Providence Park on Wednesday night.
It was a game that the Rapids surely should have won — the Burgundy Boys went up twice and let a 10-man Timbers’ squad back into it both times. After failing to get the win on Saturday against the LA Galaxy, the Rapids had every opportunity to bounce back and get their third-ever win in Portland.
As the first half was winding down, a foul by Portland’s Sebastian Blanco kicked off a scuffle. He was shown a yellow, then Colorado’s Auston Trusty was given a yellow for a foul that was certainly retaliation. Timbers centerback Bill Tuiloma earned a yellow in the 33rd minute then against in the 42nd minute for a dangerous tackle, resulting in a send-off and taking the home side down to 10 men.
The Rapids got on the board first with Jonathan Lewis’ goal in the 64th minute.
Jonathan Lewis scores the opener in Portland pic.twitter.com/Im1IgclCPM— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 16, 2021
Unfortunately, the Timbers responded quickly.
In the 87th minute, Michael Barrios scored Colorado’s second goal, which was surely the game-winner, right? I mean look at this:
How did that one go in?!— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 16, 2021
Michael Barrios scores from the tightest of angles pic.twitter.com/6SuL9amn41
But no. In the first of six minutes of stoppage time, Blanco runs into the box just in time to receive a pass from Dairon Asprilla to find the back of the net and save a point for the Timbers.
The loss drops the Rapids down to third place in the Western Conference with 43 points, behind the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City, but the Burgundy Boys return to Colorado for three home games in a row.