Fernández scores in MLS debut, Timbers tie Dynamo 1-1

Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco (10) falls back as Houston Dynamo defender Aljaz Struna attempts to steal the ball during the first half

Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco (10) falls back as Houston Dynamo defender Aljaz Struna attempts to steal the ball during the first half

Portland Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma (25) and Houston Dynamo forward Mauro Manotas (9) go up for a header in front of Portland midfielder Renzo Zamb

Portland Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma (25) and Houston Dynamo forward Mauro Manotas (9) go up for a header in front of Portland midfielder Renzo Zamb

Portland Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma (25) tries to take the ball from Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Elis (17) during the first half of an MLS socce

Portland Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma (25) tries to take the ball from Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Elis (17) during the first half of an MLS socce

Portland Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma (25) and Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Elis (17) both go up for a head ball during the first half of an MLS so

Portland Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma (25) and Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Elis (17) both go up for a head ball during the first half of an MLS so

Houston Dynamo midfielder Memo Rodriguez (8) pushes off Portland Timbers defender Julio Cascante (18) as he gets the header during the first half of a

Houston Dynamo midfielder Memo Rodriguez (8) pushes off Portland Timbers defender Julio Cascante (18) as he gets the header during the first half of a

Portland Timbers midfielder Renzo Zambrano (40) moves the ball between Houston Dynamo forward Mauro Manotas (9) and midfielder Matias Vera (22) during

Portland Timbers midfielder Renzo Zambrano (40) moves the ball between Houston Dynamo forward Mauro Manotas (9) and midfielder Matias Vera (22) during

HOUSTON (AP) — Brian Fernández scored 12 minutes after entering as a second-half substitute in his MLS debut, and the Portland Timbers tied the Houston Dynamo 1-1 on Wednesday night.

Portland (3-6-2) became the second MLS team this season to get a point on the road against the Dynamo. Houston (6-2-2) has not lost to Portland in nine home games — with five ties.

Fernández, who signed the largest contract in club history last week, was left alone along the right side for a long cross from Sebastián Blanco, and calmly sent it past Joe Willis in the 77th minute.

Mauro Manotas put Houston in front in the 40th minute by heading in a corner kick for his team-leading sixth goal of the season. It was his seventh goal in seven regular-season games against Portland.