By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1
Sunday, July 15: 0-0 Draw
Los Angeles FC shares points in their first-ever scoreless draw against the Portland Timbers at Banc of California Stadium.
Tyler Miller was pressed early in the match with the Timbers maintaining possession for the first twenty minutes. It was a battle of the “Diego’s” beginning with Diego Valeri being denied by Miller from close range in the fifth minute. Diego Rossi would, in turn, watch his chance fall short as the ball fell too close to Jeff Attinella.
Adama Diomande came close to scoring the opening goal in the 30th minute – but his shot was knocked over the net by Attinella. Dio would get another chance just moments later, however, this time his attempt flew just over the crossbar.
The black-and-gold would get another chance before the half when Walker Zimmerman sent a header from the center of the box off a cross from Carlos Vela – unfortunately, it was too high sending both sides into the half scoreless.
While still looking for a breakthrough, the black-and-gold would endure a new challenge late in the match after Lee Nguyen is shown a red in the 84th minute for a challenge with Sebastián Blanco.
With an absent Nguyen, Valeri sought to get one past Miller off a set piece but Miller was quick to secure the ball before it could leave Valeri’s foot.
The final moment came during stoppage time when Vela had a header right in front of the goal, but his shot flew straight at Attinella, who caught it giving the 10-man team their first-ever scoreless draw.
LAFC will host the Timbers again on Wednesday for the Open Cup quarterfinals. The match is set kickoff at 7:30 p.m. PT.
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