Portland Timbers Edge Out FC Dallas 3-2 To Advance in the 2013 US Open Cup


Portland edges out Dallas thanks to a couple easy goals.

It was as though the Portland Timbers just needed the sun to go down on the night before they woke up. FC Dallas dominated the opening 30 minutes of play in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 US Open Cup. But then the visitors turned it on as they got second half goals from Darlington Nagbe, Diego Valeri and Federico Piquionne on the way to a 3-2 victory Wednesday night.

The second half was all about the Timbers attack as they sprung their first two goals within a matter of minutes just after the hour mark in the match. Nagbe got things going in the 61st minute as he dribbled through three defenders before beating Chris Seitz with a nutmeg.

Nagbe did the dirty work on the second goal as well in the 63rd minute, when he found the run of Valeri. The Portland Designated Player had little trouble getting around Seitz for the second goal.

The last goal stunk the worst as a simple back pass from rookie Walker Zimmerman to Seitz was picked off by Piquionne, who had possibly the easiest time scoring on the night.

Dallas pulled one back in the 86th minute when Blas Perez headed home a shot that was punched up by Portland keeper Donovan Ricketts.

The first 30 minutes were all in FC Dallas' offensive end. From the opening whistle Dallas controlled the pace of this one and really took it to the Timbers in the first part of the game.

Dallas got their break through 15 minutes in when Jackson set up Blas Perez outside of the penalty box. Perez then played a calm ball over to the run of Je-Vaughn Watson, who quickly put a shot on goal that beat Ricketts for the game's first goal.

Dallas had a few other chances in the first half with David Ferreira setting up Fabian Castillo on the wings. It seemed as though anytime those two were on the ball, good things happened.

The loss ends Dallas run in the US Open Cup for 2013, just their second loss at home in the quarterfinal round ever in this competition. Portland advances to take on the winner of the Real Salt Lake-Carolina Railhawks match.

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