Timbers' Diego Valeri returns in scoreless draw with Whitecaps
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The return of Portland's Diego Valeri rom an ACL injury was the highlight of the Timbers' 0-0 draw with Vancouver.
Valeri, the Timbers' top goal-scorer the last two seasons, has been out of action since tearing his left ACL on Oct. 25. Portland (2-3-4) has missed Valeri's touch this season, netting just seven goals in nine games.
In the first half, Vancouver defender Pa Modou Kah was called for a handball, but Darlington Nagbe's penalty kick attempt ricocheted off the base of the goalpost and bounced clear.
Vancouver (5-3-2) moved into a tie with FC Dallas for first place in the Western Conference.
Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted made one save in his fifth shutout of the season. Timbers keeper Adam Kwarasey made two saves to earn his fourth shutout.