Fire run unbeaten streak to 11 with draw in Portland

Fire are undefeated in 11 games

Portland Timbers played Chicago Fire at Providence Park, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (Timbers via Twitter)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Sebastian Blanco scored in the 70th minute and the Portland Timbers salvaged a 2-2 draw against the surging Chicago Fire on Wednesday night.

The Fire (11-3-4) are undefeated in 11 games, winning nine times. The tie ended Chicago’s four-match winning streak and dropped the Fire a point behind Toronto FC for the Eastern Conference lead. Last season, Chicago had seven total victories and an MLS-worst 31 points.

Fanendo Adi opened the scoring for the Timbers (7-7-5) in the 24th minute, and Arturo Alvarez tied it 10 minutes later. Defender Brandon Vincent got his first goal of the season early in the second half to give the Fire the lead before Blanco took a pass from Diego Valeri and slotted the tying goal past goalkeeper Matt Lampson. It was the third straight draw for the Timbers, who are winless in five straight games.

But Portland has never lost to Chicago, with four wins and four draws since joining the league in 2011.