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FC Dallas Battles Portland Timbers To A 1-1 Draw

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Kenny Cooper's penalty keeps the unbeaten run alive for FC Dallas.

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Games can turn on a dime. For FC Dallas there were some ups and downs against the Portland Timbers tonight in their 1-1 draw.

After a so-so first half that saw neither FC Dallas or the Portland Timbers score, the second half quickly changed just moments into the half when David Ferreira went out of the game with an injury.

From there the game quickly changed. Schellas Hyndman had to bring in Eric Hassli for Ferreira and Portland quickly took the chance to see what Dallas would be made of without their key player.

Portland went up in the 70th minute when subsitute Rodney Wallace floated a ball to the far post. Darlington Nagbe was open on the back side and he only needed a small touch to put it by Matt Hedges and Raul Fernandez.

But that lead was short lived for the Timbers as Andrew Jean-Baptiste and Blas Perez got tangled up in the penalty box in the 76th minute. The center official immediately pointed to the penalty spot where Kenny Cooper stepped up to tie the game up a one goal apiece.

Dallas pushed for the go-ahead goal as Cooper once again tried to be the hero. He and Perez both had big shots saved by Donovan Ricketts.

But all the chances late weren't meant to be as the game ended level.

Both teams continue with their unbeaten runs after this game. Dallas is still unbeaten at home but the Timbers break the undefeated streak here in Frisco to start the season. Dallas must now quickly turn their attention to D.C. United, who is coming off a 4-0 loss to Houston tonight.

(More to come from this one...)