The Timbers come back to the Rose City after extending their club record road winning streak to three games in a 3-1 triumph at Real Salt Lake last weekend. FC Dallas put an end to an eight-game winless run at home with a 3-2 victory against Colorado. The teams are separated by just two points in the division standings.
The road team has never won in the series, in nine meetings all-time. The Timbers have won three of the four meetings all-time in Portland.
FC Dallas Notes:
Questionable: Michel (hamstring)
Colombian connection. According to the club's game notes, in his first start of the season and his MLS career, Andres Escobar scored for FC Dallas versus Colorado in the 33rd minute on June 7. Including head coach Oscar Pareja, four Colombians (Escobar, Benitez and Castillo) contributed to the win for FC Dallas. Of the 20 players with Colombian roots in MLS, FC Dallas (3) Portland (3) and New York (3) have the most. Of those three teams, FC Dallas (2698) greatly outdistances New York (1080) and Portland (1148) for minutes played by Colombian players this season.
Minutes played. As of June 10, Matt Hedges (1395) and Fabian Castillo (1357 MP) ranked sixth and seventh for minutes played in MLS so far this season.
Injuries and suspensions. As of June 10, FC Dallas players have missed 79 games due to injury. Another six games have been lost due to suspensions. Six players have been ejected through the first 15 matches this season. The club record for red cards in a season is seven, which occurred during the 2008 season.
Alan Kelly. AR1 (bench): Fabio Tovar; AR2 (opposite): Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho; 4th: Tyler Ploeger MLS Career: 4 games; FC/gm: 29.8; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 2; pens: 2
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: POR: Pa Modou Kah, Diego Chara ... DAL: Fabian Castillo
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: POR: Norbetto Paparetto ... DAL: Matt Hedges, Michel, Je-Vaughn Watson, Victor Ulloa
ALL-TIME (9 meetings): Timbers 3 wins, 10 goals ... FC Dallas 3 wins, 17 goals ... Ties 3 AT PORTLAND (4 meetings): Timbers 3 wins, 7 goals ... FC Dallas 0 wins, 4 goals ... Ties 1 FUTURE MATCH: 10/25: FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers, 7:30 p.m. CT
Coaches record: Oscar Pareja vs. POR: P7 W3 L3 T1 ... Caleb Porter vs. DAL: P4 W2 L1 T1
Tough to have this game so quickly after the Colorado one that saw both Hedges and Zimmerman go down. Those injuries and the travel don't help one bit for this club but we could see Pareja try some new things yet again just because he can in this one. If Fabian Castillo can stay hot and the defense shows up for a few moments in this one, we could see them escape with a point. At the end of the day, a draw is a good thing in Portland but I just think the Timbers are too hot offensively right now.
FC Dallas 1, Portland 2
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