Portland Timbers-2 FC Dallas (FCD)-0
PORT: Adi-32 (Blanco), 72 (Asprilla, Valeri) FCD: NONE
A tough road
FC Dallas was short-handed due to international call-ups and injuries. Beating the Timbers in Portland is hard enough when a full roster is present, extremely hard if you don’t and next to impossible if you fall behind. The game winner scored by Fernando Adi was unfortunate because it all began off a ricochet pass from Carlos Gruezo that allowed Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco to get behind the midfield and initiate the break that was ultimately finished by Adi. There was no luck involved in the second goal. The build up and execution left the FCD defense in shambles and allowed a wide open Adi to play with Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez before he tapped the ball in.
It could have been a lot worse
Shortly before Adi’s second goal put the game away, Diego Valeri scored a stunning goal that, if not disallowed because of a mythical hand ball, would have been in the running for MLS Goal of the Year. Unlike the Dynamo, who were run off the field in Portland during the second half in week 3, FCD overcame the obstacles to a great extent and accounted itself well in this game The best thing FCD can do is put this game in the rear view mirror and prepare for the midweek US Open Cup match against Tulsa in Dallas. Dallas is going through a tough patch now and the old adage about “long season” certainly does apply.
Match highlights are below. Valeri’s disallowed goal starts at 2:05: