Substitute Jack Barmby did the damage for the visitors, while the home side struggled once again to put together any lethality in attack. They managed to pull out a point at the death, though, with a goal initially credited to Femi Hollinger-Janzen that should turn out to be an own goal by Jermaine Taylor.
Jay Heaps ran out a slightly rotated lineup to combat fatigue as the Revs reached the middle of a three-match, seven-day stretch. The rotation included Charlie Davies at striker, Daigo Kobayashi in midfield over Scott Caldwell, and Donnie Smith replacing the injured Chris Tierney.
Unfortunately, things started to come apart early for the Revs. Davies was forced to come off in favor of Juan Agudelo in the 35th minute after injuring his groin during a challenge, creating further issues in an already-thin striker corps.
Portland continuously threatened off the counter, content to sit back and wait for their opportunities. In the 64th minute, the Timbers made the most of yet another break. Fanendo Adi played in Darlington Nagbe, who chipped a cross to substitute Jack Barmby. Barmby volleyed over the top of the ball, drilling an apparent mis-hit into the ground that bounced up and over Bobby Shuttleworth's head to give the visitors the lead.
It looked dire for New England until the 89th minute. After a period of sustained pressure, Kelyn Rowe whipped a deep, in-swinging cross to the far post, where Je-Vaughn Watson tracked it down and volleyed across goal. Femi was there, and would take credit for the goal, but replays showed that it never touched him, and instead deflected off of Jermaine Taylor's thigh.
The Revs are right back at it at home on Saturday when Orlando comes to Gillette Stadium.