Orlando City held the Portland Timbers to a 1-1 draw on Sunday at Providence Park after a penalty by Cristhian Paredes canceled out an early goal by Junior Urso.
The Brazilian midfielder kicked off the scoring in the 52nd minute, going off of a pass by Alexandre Pato to manage a right footed shot from the center of the box and into the bottom corner.
But frustrations ran high after the goal, leading Josecarlos Van Rankin to commit another strong foul and earn his second yellow of the match to leave the Timbers with 10 men on the pitch.
The home side managed well, reorganizing the formation to play the remaining 25 minutes of the match.
In the final stretch, Orlando City’s Andrés Perea brought down Cristhian Paredes inside their box to concede a penalty. The Paraguayan midfielder easily buried the right footed shot into the center of the goal to get the equalizer.
The result forced Orlando City to drop to fourth on the Eastern Conference table with eight points in five games, while the Portland Timbers struggle in ninth in the Western Conference after only one victory since the 2022 MLS season started.
Portland Timbers player ratings
1. Goalkeeper & defenders
Aljaž Ivačič (GK) - 6/10 - Fumbled on the goal.
José Van Rankin (RB) - 3/10 - Started strong before crumbling under pressure during the goal and getting a red card.
Dario Župarić (CB) - 7/10 - Managed four important clearances.
Zac McGraw (CB) - 5/10 - Stronger on the right, should be covering more ground.
Claudio Bravo (LB) - 7/10 - Strongest figure of the backline.
Dairon Asprilla (RW) - 6/10 - Severely average, no real impact.
Cristhian Paredes (CM) - 8/10 - Strong throughout, scored the penalty.
Diego Chará (CM) - 6.5/10 - Good defensively, but spent too much time inside Portland's own half.
Yimmi Chará (LW) - 7/10 - Active, involved throughout the pitch in every dangerous situation created.
Jarosław Niezgoda (F) - 6/10 - No real impact on the front foot, no shots.
Santiago Moreno (F) - 6.5/10 - a threat when on the ball, but must be more involved throughout the match.
Sebastián Blanco - 7/10 - Brought in a new energy to the attack, but no real impact.
Eryk Williamson - 7/10 - First game back since severe injury.
Blake Bodily - 5/10 - Reckless, received a yellow before touching the ball.
Pablo Bonilla - 7/10 - Not given enough time, entered the pitch in the 90th minute.
Orlando City player ratings
5. Goalkeeper & defenders
Mason Stajduhar (GK) - 7/10 - Made a few good saves, cannot be blamed for the penalty.
Ruan Gregório Teixeira (RB) - 6/10 - Weakest of the backline.
Antônio Carlos (CB) - 7/10 - Covered the right well, weaker through the center.
Robin Jansson (CB) - 7/10 - Strong, but let his frustration show in the last few minutes.
João Moutinho (LB) - 7.5/10 - Great defensively, attempted to push up through the left.
Benji Michel (RW) - 6/10 - Average, 46 touches in 90 minutes of play.
Júnior Urso (CM) - 8/10 - Played well, earned a goal.
Mauricio Pereyra (CAM) - 7/10 - Just started getting into the action before being stretchered off injured.
César Araújo (CM) - 7/10 - Strong through the left, should be having more impact when going forward.
Tesho Akindele (LW) - 7/10 - Provided the necessary defending, but could have been better to push forward and create.
Alexandre Pato (F) - 7/10 - Decent, but expectations are high for him to do better.
Andrés Perea - 4/10 - Caused the penalty.
Rodrigo Schlegel - 7/10 - decent.
Kyle Smith - 7/10 - Not given enough time.
Ercan Kara - 7/10 - Not given enough time.