A point is a point.
The Portland Timbers (4-4-3) drew the San Jose Earthquakes (2-4-5) Wednesday evening in Northern California thanks to a goal that took both halves of the Chará brothers.
In the 34th minute, Timbers Designated Player Yimmi Chará scored his first career goal as a member of the Portland Timbers and who got the assist? None other than his brother, Diego Chará.
"I’m very happy. This is something I was looking for for a long time and something that I’ve been working very hard to achieve," said Yimmi Chará. "Obviously, I had an injury that didn’t allow me to play a few games but I continue to prepare the best way that I know and thank God I was able to score tonight.”
Portland acquired Yimmi as a Designated Player from Atlético Mineiro on January 2, 2020 to join his brother Diego. So far this season, he's played well but had been dealing with a thigh injury before returning to the pitch against the LA Galaxy last week where he recorded an assist.
“I think on the field we have to make decisions, quick decisions, and with Yimmi [Chara], we tried to create a couple of moments of the game, passing the ball and tried to move quicker and the goal came from that," explained Diego Chará following the match. "I saw the space, I played the ball to Yimmi and finally, he scored.”
The one-goal advantage was not enough to take home the victory, as Valeri Qazaishvili scored in the 76th minute for San Jose to equalize his team.
But, the Timbers should have earned three points Wednesday. The offensive attack had multiple missed opportunities on breakaways following Yimmi's goal to take a commanding two-goal lead but never could execute well enough to score.
"We have created a lot of chances for goals. Unfortunately, we haven’t scored all of them, but I think you have to keep trying because you will see the goals at some point in time. We all know the kind of team that we have and we all know what we’re doing throughout the week so we have to continue working hard to achieve what we want and to continue scoring goals," said Yimmi Chará.
Still, the team was able to earn a point to remain above the red line and continue to put themselves in playoff position to make a run inside the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. Anyways, this game will are remembered by Timbers fans for Yimmi's first goal and that's okay given Portland secured a point while resting former-MLS MVP Diego Valeri.
“I think the team and the fans, they were waiting for this moment when Yimmi scored his first goal for Portland Timbers in the season. And for me, it was great," said Diego Chará. "It’s a great feeling, I think he deserved to score and today we take one point.”
With the draw, Portland earned its 15th point of the season which places them in seventh in the Western Conference.
Next, Portland will travel again to San Jose to take on the Earthquakes on Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. PT.