The Portland Timbers fell to FC Dallas 2-1 at Toyota Stadium on Saturday evening. Cristhian Paredes tallied his first goal of the season for the Timbers in the match.
FC Dallas scored the first goal of the match in the ninth minute when Jesús Ferreira collected a loose ball at the top of the box before advancing and finishing with a right-footed shot from the center of the box.
In the 27th minute Carlos Gruezo crossed a diagonal ball to Michael Barrios, who delivered a shot from close range, but Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella was well-positioned to make the stop.
The Timbers came close to leveling the match in the 32nd minute when Andrés Flores fired a left-footed shot from the left side of the field, but his shot was saved by FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez in the bottom left corner.
Approaching halftime, Barrios made a run down the left side of the field, dribbled into the box and fired a right-footed shot. Reacting quickly, Attinella parried the ball away in the 44th minute.
In the 58th minute, FC Dallas was awarded a penalty kick after the Timbers committed a foul in the box. Reto Ziegler stepped to the spot and converted to give Dallas a 2-0 lead.
Portland pulled within a goal at 2-1 in the 67th minute after Diego Chara played a long pass from the center circle to Sebastián Blanco, who delivered a precise cross from the right side of the box to Paredes for the diving header from close range and his first goal of the season.
The Timbers, who finished with an 11-5 edge in total shots and 5-2 edge in shots on target in the second half, looked to have a chance to tie the match deep in second-half stoppage time when Matt Hollingshead committed a clear handball in the box on a header by Larrys Mabiala. Video review was used on the hand ball play, but Portland was not awarded a penalty.
Continuing to push for the equalizer, Dairon Asprilla found space behind the FC Dallas backline and Diego Valeri slotted a ball into space for Asprilla, who fired a shot from close range at the right post, forcing a kick save by Gonzalez in stoppage time.>
- Goalkeeper Jeff Attinella played his 50th MLS (regular season and playoffs) match for Portland. Attinella became the fourth goalkeeper to hit 50 MLS games played for the Timbers.
- Diego Chara recorded his 18th career assist for Portland. Chara now holds sole possession of ninth place on the club’s all-era assists list.
- Sebastián Blanco delivered his 20th assist as a Timbers player. Blanco is the eighth Timbers player across all eras of the club to reach 20 assists and third in the MLS era, joining Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe.
- It was the first assist of the season for both Blanco and Chara.
- Cristhian Paredes scored the second goal of his Timbers career. He is the fourth different player to score a goal for Portland this season.
Next up, the Timbers will travel to MAPFRE Stadium to face Columbus Crew SC on Saturday, April 20. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. (Pacific), the match will feature a local television broadcast on FOX 12 PLUS (KPDX) with local radio broadcasts on 1029 and 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).
Portland Timbers (0-5-1, 1pt) vs. FC Dallas (4-2-1, 13pts)
April 13, 2019 – Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 0 1 1
FC Dallas 1 1 2
DAL: Ferreira, 9
DAL: Ziegler (Penalty kick), 60
POR: Paredes (Blanco, Chara), 67
POR: Chara (caution), 51
DAL: Pomykal (caution), 65
POR: GK Attinella, D Moreira, D Mabiala, D Tuiloma, D Cascante (Asprilla, 70), D Valentin, M Flores (Conechny, 87), M Chara ©, M Paredes (Valeri, 70), F Ebobisse, F Blanco
Substitutes Not Used: GK Clark, D Dielna, D Villafaña, M Guzmán
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Three players tied, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Six players tied, 1); FOULS: 20 (Moreira, 5); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 4
DAL: GK Gonzalez, D Cannon, D Hedges, D Ziegler ©, M Hollingshead, M Gruezo, M Cerrillo (Hayes, 78), M Barrios, M Pomykal, M Aránguiz (Mosquera, 72), F Ferreira (Bressan, 87)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Maurer, D Pedroso, M Roberts, F Ondrasek
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Ferreira, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Barrios, 3); FOULS: 18 (Gruezo, 4); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 5
Referee: Marcos DeOliveira
Assistant Referees: Jeffrey Greeson, Eduardo Mariscal
4th Official: Victor Rivas
VAR: Chico Grajeda
Weather: Cloudy, 51 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial