An eventful first half in the cloudy Pacific Northwest saw both teams find the back of net, as the Chicago Fire and Portland Timbers are tied at one after 45 minutes.
The Fire, who are undefeated in the month of May, had much of the attacking control in the first half. However, it was the Timbers that jumped out to the lead in the 20th minute. Eric Brunner took advantage of some congestion in the penalty box to fire a shot past Sean Johnson. The Fire defense stayed strong the rest of the half and did an excellent job of limiting attacking opportunities.
Chicago was able to tie the game on a beautiful finish by Jalil Anibaba in the 39th minute, as his low shot beat Troy Perkins at the far post. Anibaba took an excellent pass from Marco Pappa and showed composure on the ball to finish.
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