SAN JOSE, California — Diego Valeri sent a penalty kick careening off the crossbar in the 75th minute and the Portland Timbers settled for scoreless tie with the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.
The single point for the draw moved the Timbers past Seattle into fifth place in the Western Conference.
Portland Timbers' Diego Valeri, front left, misses a penalty kick against San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham, right, during the second half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Both teams came into the match looking to snap winless streaks. San Jose avoided losing its fifth straight match and the Timbers are winless in their last four, all on the road.
San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham made five saves to earn the shutout, including a foot save on a shot by newly signed Timbers designated player Lucas Melano inside the goal box just seconds before Valeri was taken down inside the penalty area to earn the penalty shot.
Adam Larsen Kwarasey needed just three saves in goal for Portland, but the Timbers had to defend 11 corner kicks.
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