Published on NewsOK Modified: September 7, 2014 at 8:33 pm •  Published: September 7, 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Kalif Alhassan scored in the 86th minute to give the Portland Timbers a 3-3 tie with the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.

Alhassan ran onto a loose ball in the penalty area and slotted a shot past goalkeeper Jon Busch.

Alhassan tied it a minute after Chris Wondolowski scored his second of the game and 12th of the season for San Jose. Wondolowski rose above Portland's defense to head in a looping cross.

Portland (8-8-11) moved into sole possession of the fifth and final playoff position in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Vancouver. San Jose (6-10-0) is eight points behind the Timbers.

San Jose took a 2-0 lead on goals by Wondolowski in the 21st minute and Cordell Cato in the 48th. Alvas Powell countered for Portland in the 54th, and Liam Ridgewell tied it in the 74th.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Justin Meram scored the first two goals and Bernardo Anor added a third to lead Columbus past Chivas USA.

Meram opened the scoring for the Crew (9-9-9) in the 52nd minute, curling a strike around goalkeeper Dan Kennedy into the bottom-right corner. He scored again 7 minutes later after he intercepted a careless cross in the middle of the Chivas USA (6-15-6) backfield. From there, Meram took it himself and scored from just outside the box.

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