Fernández scores in MLS debut, Timbers tie Dynamo 1-1Portland Timbers' Brian Fernandez (7) moves the ball between Houston Dynamo's A. J. DeLaGarza (20) and Aljaz Struna (6) during the second half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
HOUSTON (AP) -- Brian Fernandez scored 12 minutes after entering as a second-half substitute in his MLS debut, and the Portland Timbers tied the Houston Dynamo 1-1 on Wednesday night.
Portland (3-6-2) became the second MLS team this season to get a point on the road against the Dynamo. Houston (6-2-2) has not lost to Portland in nine home games - with five ties.
Fernandez, who signed the largest contract in club history last week, was left alone along the right side for a long cross from Sebastian Blanco, and calmly sent it past Joe Willis in the 77th minute.
Mauro Manotas put Houston in front in the 40th minute by heading in a corner kick for his team-leading sixth goal of the season. It was his seventh goal in seven regular-season games against Portland.