It took 83 minutes for FC Dallas to find the back of the net and have their offense come alive but in the end it was too little too late as they were downed by the Portland Timbers 3-2. It was a game were Dallas controlled the tempo, possession and saw the bulk of chances on goal but Portland was able to get goals off their counter attack and set pieces.
Jack Jewsbury hammered in a shot off a quick restart for the game's first goal. Former FCD striker Kenny Cooper then headed home a Jewsbury corner shortly before halftime. In the second half Kalif Alhassan was able to find some space in the Dallas back line and found a wide open Rodney Wallace to put the Timbers up 3-0.
Dallas did make things interesting with two goals in the final minutes of the game. David Ferreira scored his third goal of the season while Brek Shea put home the second goal. Dallas mounted a fury of chances in the final minutes of the game and could have had a hand-ball in the box on a Portland defender but again it was too little too late today.
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JELD-WEN Magic. There is some mojo about this place for the Timbers. Maybe it is the turf that plays quick or the fans that are yelling throughout, either way the Timbers looked good enough to win this one today. Dallas left too much open in the defense on each of the goals.
Defensive issues again. I thought for the most part the back four did well today for Dallas. However giving up three goals never looks good. They gave up too much space on the free kicks and allowed the Timbers' attack to stay too involved in this one. I didn't feel like Shea was the cause of any of the goals though as he did well from the left back spot again. It was just one of those days in defense though that little go right when they need to.
Subs changed game for Dallas. Taking out Milton Rodriguez when Schellas Hyndman did was smart, but it was putting on Maykel Galindo that really changed the way Dallas looked on the pitch. From there it was a straight 4-4-2 with Shea and Marvin Chavez on the wings with Fabian Castillo and Galindo up top. While Castillo didn't have his best game, he did well to help put pressure on the Timbers back four late in the game to help cause the two goals.
Still no energy going forward. Ferreira wasn't able to be himself until late which shows maybe Rodriguez isn't the right fit for Hyndman up top anymore. I think I've seen enough of Milton this season to feel comfortable saying that. Either it is time to really experiment with a 4-4-2 if Hyndman wants to keep Milton in the starting XI, or it is time to put Ruben Luna or Galindo into the starting striker role. I'd prefer Luna in that situation.
Fight is still there. When down 3-0 on the road, you always want to see your club have some sort of fight in them late. Dallas certainly had that as they came very close to at least tying this one up with ball that hit off the post and the potential hand-ball in the box. It showed the fight was still there which is positive to see going into the next road match at Vancouver.