Portland draws, Atlanta wins in CCL openers

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Portland draws, Atlanta wins in CCL openers

The Portland Timbers squandered a pair of one-goal leads and wound up with a 2-2 draw against host Marathon on Tuesday in the opening leg of CONCACAF Champions League first-round series at San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

The second leg of the total-goal series is scheduled for April 13 in Portland.

The Timbers jumped on top when Felipe Mora scored in the 35th minute on a shot from just above the penalty spot.

Marathon drew level four minutes later when Edwin Solano's centering pass led to a tap-in for Brayan Castillo.

In the 59th minute, Portland's Diego Valeri took a long-range free kick that Marathon goalie Denovan Torres saved onto the goalpost, only to have the ball ricochet off his back and into the net for an own goal.

Marathon's Marlon Ramirez pulled the hosts level by driving across the top of the 16-yard box and hitting a low shot to bottom left corner past Timbers goalie Steve Clark.

Atlanta United 1, Alajuelense 0

Despite playing with 10 men for the entire second half, Atlanta United won the first leg of its CONCACAF Champions League opening-round series at Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Atlanta goalie Brad Guzan received a red card in an the 43rd minute for a challenge outside the penalty area, but a 50th-minute penalty-kick goal by Ezequiel Barco provided enough for the visitors to take a lead home for the second leg on April 13.

Rocco Rios Novo, 18, took over for Guzan in the Atlanta United net and completed the shutout. He finished with six saves.

--Field Level Media

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