After the retooled Union, playing in a driving rain, took the lead over host Portland on a Jack McInerney goal in the 64th minute on Saturday night, they looked well on their way to earning their second win ever in a Major League Soccer season opener.
But late in stoppage time, Gaston Fernandez scored on a header off a corner kick past Zac MacMath to give the Timbers a 1-1 tie - and just like that, three points became one.
"To give one up in injury time is a tough way to lose a couple of points, but Portland's a really good team, so you've got to think there's a lot to build on from that game," said Union coach John Hackworth.
The Union certainly looked like a different team, pressuring the Timbers from the start. The creativity of the Union's new-look midfield with Maurice Edu and Cristian Maidana created many chances for McInerney as the target striker.