Mauro Diaz and FC Dallas Down Portland Timbers 2-1

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Diaz gets the game winner in a wild card filled game.

Both teams played with ten men for nearly an hour as FC Dallas downed the Portland Timbers 2-1 on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.

Mauro Diaz would net the eventual game winner in a wild, physical game. Dallas also got a goal from Blas Perez in the first half that sent the 16,000-plus fans into a frenzy.

The key point in this game was the physical play that led to two wild red cards in the first half. The game came to a weird halt in the 39th minute when both Michael Harrington and Je-Vaughn Watson were both shown a red card. The center official didn't see whatever happened between the two players as his sideline flagged him over to break the play.

Right before the halftime whistle FC Dallas would find the back of the net as Jair Benitez sent in solid ball from the wings to the back post for Kellyn Acosta who headed it down to Blas Perez. The big striker headed home the goal to give Dallas the lead. Dallas had a string of eight straight passes before the goal was headed in by Perez.

The Timbers would tie it up midway through the second half on an own goal by Matt Hedges. Portland put pressure on the Dallas back four as Maximiliano Urruit would take a long shot that would deflect of the Dallas captain and go into the back of the net behind Chris Seitz.

Dallas would get the lead back in the 83rd minute on a free kick by Michel. The Brazilian would send in a ball across the field, Portland would initially clear it from danger but Diaz was able to retrieve the ball in a dangerous spot as he made a quick turn and beat the Portland keeper for his second goal of the season.

Both teams played to a frantic and wild pace in this one that saw the official hand out four cards to each club.

Three minutes in Dallas nearly found the first goal of the game on a set piece by Diaz. The free kick was created off a foul by Norberto Paparatto on Castillo. Diaz sent in a whipping cross from the edge of the 18 yard box but Stephen Keel was unable to get a head on it.

The Timbers would pour the pressure on in the first half however. In the 21st minute Valeri and Fernandez had a give and go that nearly paid off. Valeri snuck through the Dallas defense but Seitz was big to save the initial shot.

Castillo nearly made the first breakthrough in the 29th minute thanks to a through ball from Diaz but the young Colombian would be just a few steps offside on the goal.

FC Dallas will return to action next week as they visit their in-state rivals Houston for the annual battle for El Captian.

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