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Tshuma's goal pulls Timbers even with shorthanded SKC in preseason debut

At Tucson, Ariz., the Portland Timbers opened their preseason Saturday night with a 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City.

SKC took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but forward Schillo Tshuma got the equalizer in the 84th minute with a man advantage at the Kino Sports Complex.

The Timbers used 22 players, as coach Caleb Porter fielded a different lineup in each half.

The first-half starters were forwards Kalif Alhassan, Maximilliano Urruti and Darlington Nagbe; midfielders Will Johnson, Gaston Fernandez and Ben Zemanski; defenders Jack Jewsbury, Pa Modou Kah, Norberto Paparatto and Jorge Villafana; and goalkeer Andrew Weber.

In the second half, Portland's lineup consisted of fortwards Tshuma, Frederic Piquionne and Nikita Kotlov; midfielders George Fochive, Michael Nanchoff and Aaron Long; defenders Alvas Powell, Futty Danson, Rauwshan McKenzie and Taylor Peay; and goalie jake Gleeson.

SKC , the defending MLS Cup champion, had to play the final 57 minutes with 10 men after defender Aurelien Collin picked up his second yellow card in the 33rd minute.

The tying goal came after Long intercepted a pass in SKC's defensive third. Tshuma took a pass from Long and lifted a shot over SKC goalkeeper Andy Gruenenbaum.

Tshuma, from the University of Maryland, was the No. 17 overall pick in this year's MLS SuperDraft. The 21-year-old native of Zimbabwe had 16 total goals in two seasons for the Terps, before turning pro.

Portland's next friendly is 4 p.m. PT Wednesday here against the Houston Dynamo.