FC Dallas
Portland Timbers
Saturday, March 29, 20148:30 PM
Toyota StadiumMLS Regular SeasonClearMLS LIVE,ROOT Sports,TWCSN-TXAttendance: 16045

Match Summary



TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 84'DALMauro Díaz 
 66'PORMatt Hedges (OG) 
 45'+3'DALBlas Pérez
  • Kellyn Acosta
  • Jair Benitez


 90'+3'POR Pa Modou KahFoul
 88'DAL Kellyn AcostaFoul
 67'POR Kalif AlhassanUnsporting behaviour
 40'DAL Je-Vaughn WatsonFight
 39'POR Michael HarringtonFight
 17'DAL Blas PérezDissent
 10'DAL Fabian CastilloFoul
 3'POR Norberto PaparattoFoul


Moises Hernandez (D)
Fabian Castillo (M)
Zach Loyd (D)
Victor Ulloa (M)
Frédéric Piquionne (F)
Jack Jewsbury (D)
David Texeira (F)
Blas Pérez (F)
Kalif Alhassan (M)
Gastón Fernández (F)
Alvas Powell (D)
Darlington Nagbe (F)

Starting Formations



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FC Dallas
18GChris Seitz
23DKellyn Acosta
22DStephen Keel
24DMatt Hedges
5DJair Benitez
28MVictor Ulloa
27MJe-Vaughn Watson
10MMauro Díaz
11MFabian Castillo
7FBlas Pérez
Portland Timbers
33GAndrew Weber
13DJack Jewsbury
23DNorberto Paparatto
44DPa Modou Kah
5DMichael Harrington
21MDiego Chara
8MDiego Valeri
4MWill Johnson
6FDarlington Nagbe
37FMaximiliano Urruti
10FGastón Fernández
17Zach Loyd
3Moises Hernandez
40Richard Sánchez
9David Texeira
12Ryan Hollingshead
26Danny Garcia
13Tesho Akindele
9Frédéric Piquionne
14Ben Zemanski
11Kalif Alhassan
98Mamadou Danso
17Michael Nanchoff
34Daniel Withrow
2Alvas Powell
  Oscar Pareja
  Caleb Porter

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RefereeSorin Stoica  
Assistant RefereeKermit Quisenberry  
Assistant RefereeGeorge Ganser  
Fourth OfficialIsmail Elfath  
Saturday, March 29, 2014
8:30 PM
Toyota Stadium

FRISCO, Texas – In a thoroughly strange match, FC Dallas extended their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 defeat of the winless Portland Timbers Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.

Dallas’ Mauro Díaz earned the home team the victory with a canny finish in the 84th minute. After the ball was sent back in following an FCD free kick, the Argentine playmaker shifted to his right and fired a low shot past Timbers goalkeeper Andrew Weber.

Dallas had taken the lead in first-half stoppage time as Jair Benitez played in a far-post cross which was headed into the ground by Kellyn Acosta, and then headed past Weber by an unmarked Blas Perez. Benitez was a menace down the left side in the first half, sending in several dangerous crosses.

That breakthrough came after both teams were rendered a man down on a strange sequence in the 39th minute, as Portland’s Michael Harrington and Dallas’ Je-Vaughn Watson were both sent off by referee Sorin Stoica for an off-the-ball incident. Apparently Harrington grabbed Watson's jersey, prompting the FCD midfielder to take a swing at Portland's left back. 

Harrington’s red card ended his consecutive-minutes streak at 1,710 minutes. Had he played the full 90, he would have tied a Timbers team record.

Dallas started the match slowly but ramped up the pressure in the middle of the first half, creating three chances in quick succession. Fabian Castillo appeared to put the hosts in the lead in the 30th minute, but strayed just offside. Díaz had played the winger into the box alone on the left before he coolly curled the ball into the far corner.

Diego Valeri had the Timbers’ best chance of the first half after a give and go with Fernández in the 22nd minute, but his shot was saved by Chris Seitz, who was fouled after giving up a rebound.

Dallas weren’t able to take control of the game in the second half as Portland leveled the score on another odd play in the 66th minute. Portland forward Maximiliano Urruti’s pass for substitute Kalif Alhassan deflected off the foot of Dallas captain Matt Hedges, wrongfooting Seitz as it caromed into the net.

Portland nearly went ahead five minutes later in the 71st as Alhassan played Valeri into the box, but the Argentine was only able to send the ball straight at Seitz. Alhassan caused Dallas’ backline all sorts of problems after his introduction, nearly curling a shot into the top corner in the 77th minute after solid build-up play.

The Timbers looked to be the team more likely to break the deadlock until Díaz’s winner.

The match was the second ever professional appearance for 22-year-old Homegrown player Victor Ulloa, who was called in to deputize alongside Michel in Dallas’ injury-ravaged central midfield.

Dallas travels to Houston next week to take on in state rivals the Houston Dynamo, who lost 2-1 to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.

Portland host Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders in a Cascadia showdown next Saturday. The Timbers will likely be without star midfielder Darlington Nagbe, as he pulled up lame in first-half stoppage time against FCD and did not return for the second half. Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Mauro Diaz Crank up the bandwagon: Energy, imperious playmaking and a nose for goal makes him MLS's hottest player.
2 Blas Perez The crafty Panamanian plagued the Portland defense with his intelligent movement and rugged physicality.
3 Diego Valeri It took a while, but the Argentine came to grips with this game, then took it over. Needs a bit more luck around goal.