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Looking Back to Last Year's Exciting Road Draw with the Portland Timbers

It was a ways back, but it was the last time Crew SC and the Timbers met and it was a fun one.

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It was early days of the Gregg Berhalter era. Back then, you only knew Ethan Finlay as a first-round pick that hadn't done anything in his professional career. Over a year and 20 goals and 20 assists later for Finlay and these two teams meet again.

We take a look back at last year's 3-3 draw between Columbus Crew SC and the Portland Timbers.

It wasn't the best start for the Black & Gold who hadn't won in six matches and hadn't scored in over five hours.

It was Timbers' forward Maximiliano Urruti who found the back of the net early, firing home a close-range shot after a bad touch in the Columbus penalty area.

Federico Higuain responded shortly after with an incredible long-range chip over Donovan Rickets, one of MLS' tallest goalkeepers, to pull the score level.

Portland was reduced to 10 men in the 34th minute after Alvas Powell had a late a bad tackle on Crew SC left back Chad Barson

Higuain found the back of the net again from the penalty spot after Giancarlo Gonzalez was pulled down on a corner kick at the stroke of halftime.

The second half had a furious ending with three goals in the final 10 minutes to end the match in a draw. First it was Timbers' midfielder Will Johnson who pulled the match level in the 80th minute before Finlay scored his first professional goal to give the Black & Gold the lead back. Gaston Fernández completed the scoring spree with his finish just five minutes from time.

The two teams will meet on Saturday night in front of a sold out MAPFRE Stadium. Crew SC is looking to clinch a playoff spot, while Portland hopes for points to keep them in the playoff picture in the West.