It was bound to happen before long but FC Dallas stumbled out of Portland with a 3-1 loss on Saturday night. Here are the all the facts and figures from that game.
POR – Nat Borchers (Jorge Villafana) 23
DAL – Tesho Akindele (Atiba Harris, Michel) 29
POR – Max Urruti (Dairon Asprilla, Darlington Nagbe) 62
POR – Diego Chara (Fanendo Adi) 87
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Zach Loyd, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Atiba Harris (Michael Barrios 87), Fabian Castillo, Victor Ulloa, Michel, Ryan Hollingshead (Je-Vaughn Watson 69), Tesho Akindele, David Texeira (Blas Perez 62).
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Alejandro Zendejas, Kyle Bekker, Moises Hernandez.
Total Shots: 8 (Tesho Akindele 3) Shots on Goal: 3 (Tesho Akindele 2); Fouls: 17 (David Texeira 3); Offsides: 0; Corners: 6 (Michel 6); Saves: 3 (Chris Seitz 3).
Portland Timbers FC – Adam Larsen Kwarasey, Jorge Villafana, Alvas Powell, Liam Ridgewell, Nat Borchers, Rodney Wallace (Dairon Asprilla 61), Darlington Nagbe, Diego Chara, George Fochive (Gaston Fernandez 90+3), Max Urruti (Jack Jewsbury 81), Fanendo Adi.
Substitutes Not Used: Taylor Peay, Norberto Paparatto, Andrew Weber, Jeanderson.
Total Shots: 12 (Rodney Wallace, Max Urruti 3) Shots on Goal: 6 (Max Urruti 3); Fouls: 13 (Rodney Wallace 3); Offsides: 1 (Max Urruti 1); Corners: 4 (Jorge Villafana, Darlington Nagbe 2); Saves: 2 (Adam Larsen Kwarasey 2).
DAL – David Texeira (caution) 15
POR – Liam Ridgewell (caution) 64
DAL – Atiba Harris (caution) 65
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Frank Anderson, Marco Arruda
Fourth Official: Tyler Ploeger
Weather: Clear, 48 degrees
Time of game: 1:53
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
On the overall match…
I thought we played very well. Sometimes the best team is not the one that wins the points. That’s the game that we [were in tonight]. That’s what makes it very exciting.
On looking ahead to next week’s match against Colorado…
No. We don’t undervalue any team. It’s like when we came here to Portland. They haven’t won games and they have a bad situation but we respect them anyway. We prepare our games with the same professionalism. Losing and tying is just part of the game. I’m very proud of the players today. We really put a great exhibition on for the fans that came. The fans got to see a team that is attacking minding all the time. We came in here and tried to play our game away from home. It was great but as I said the best team isn’t the one that wins the points sometimes. We have to accept it.
FC Dallas midfielder Ryan Hollingshead
On the overall match…
I mean anytime you lose a game it’s not good. We came in, we thought we were prepared, we knew what we needed to do to execute and to win. I don’t know what happened out there. I know we’re disappointed. We feel like every time we step on the field we’re able to win and we should win and we have the confidence that we can beat any team in this league, so it doesn’t feel good walking out with a loss.
On if they learned anything from the match…
There are always things to learn, things to figure out why we were weak in the defense, things to see that we had multiple chances that we didn’t score. I had one myself. I just took a huge touch and that’s not OK. Those are things we need to work on… We know this is a long season. It is 34 games. We’re only five games into it so there’s a lot of room to grow… There is a lot to learn from here on out but we have had too much [success] on the season to get down. There is a long way to go.
Did the international call-ups effect the game…
No. I don’t think that’s an excuse for us. We have enough guys that can come in off the bench and enough depth that we don’t feel like we’re losing anything to substitute guys in or bring other guys off the bench. It’s not an excuse for us. We don’t think that’s the reason we lost. I think if we put that same lineup back on the field and play them again we beat them. I don’t think that’s an excuse and we’re not going to say these guys were in or these guys were out. We can all play and we all should be expecting a win when we play.
FC Dallas Midfielder Tesho Akindele
On the overall match…
I thought it was a decent first half. Obviously they came out with a lot of energy. I think we matched it, even after we got scored on we bounced back well. Just the second half didn’t go our way so it was kind of disappointing.
On his goal…
Michel played a good ball in… I don’t know who won the first one [Atiba Harris] but I was just there for a tap in. The ball pretty much just hit me and went in. So it was on Michel and [Atiba Harris].
On second-half game plan…
We felt like we were going to score another goal. We really believed in it and it was just one of those days it just wasn’t going for us. The last ball wasn’t there.
On going against Colorado at home…
We want three points. We feel like we’re always good at home so we expect three points.