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FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the facts from FCD's latest road win.

FC Dallas picked up their second straight road win on Wednesday night, a 3-1 decision over the Portland Timbers.

Scoring Summary:
DAL: Michael Barrios (Tesho Akindele) 4
DAL: Fabian Castillo (Maxi Urruti) 26
DAL: Tesho Akindele (Fabian Castillo) 29
POR: Darren Mattocks 67

Lineups:

FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Ryan Hollingshead (Zach Loyd 79), Victor Ulloa, Carlos Gruezo, Fabian Castillo (Kellyn Acosta 77), Michael Barrios (Atiba Harris 88), Tesho Akindele, Maxi Urruti.

Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Colin Bonner, Mauro Rosales, Carlos Lizarazo.

Portland Timbers FC: Adam Kwarasey, Nat Borchers (Jack Barmby 72), Alvas Powell, Jermaine Taylor, Diego Chara, Ned Grabavoy (Jack McInerney 46), Lucas Melano, Jack Jewsbury, Diego Valeri, Fanendo Adi (Darren Mattocks 65).

Substitutes Not Used: Zarek Valentin, Jake Gleeson, Taylor Peay, Neco Brett. 

Misconduct Summary: 
POR: Ned Grabavoy (caution) 17
DAL: Carlos Gruezo (caution) 22
DAL: Walker Zimmerman (caution) 33
POR: Jermaine Taylor (caution) 40
POR: Jack Jewsbury (caution) 58
DAL: Tesho Akindele (caution) 68
DAL: Atiba Harris (caution) 90+1

Referee: Juan Guzman
AR1 (bench): Jeff Hosking; AR2 (opposite): Cameron Blanchard. 
Fourth: Daniel Radford
Weather: Rain, 55
Attendance: 21,144


FC Dallas head coach Óscar Pareja

On getting a win at Providence Park…

This place is difficult. It has been a challenge for us. We play against a very good team but we have a group of players today that came out very sharp, especially in the first 45 minutes, when we created a lot of options to score. They accomplished the game plan so we’re very happy. In the second half, obviously Portland’s reaction complicated things. We had a chance to score probably two goals more before Portland’s goal. I have to the credit to these guys that held on to the result. They deserve the points that we take home tonight. Very, very well deserved.

On if the 5-0 loss against Houston was a wakeup call for the team that’s won its last five games...

It always creates urgency, one way or another, when you lose that way. The good part is we reacted well. We have been getting good results. We have been playing well. The league is tough. It’s difficult. It’s complex and it’s long. It just gave us another experience. It’s a long journey.

On if tonight’s win is a statement performance...

Yes. We have had three games away this year. We went to Houston and obviously had a bad experience but also we went to D.C. United, a difficult place to play against a very good team, also and we beat them 3-0. Tonight’s performance just shows that it was not a coincidence but we have to keep building on that part. We’re far from being what we want. It’s a team that always wants more. We take the experiences out of every game but today we’re pleased. We’ll take three points out of a toough place again.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz

On the win…

It’s huge. You know, in our minds we came here and obviously we’re going to go for the three points. We had two results at home that didn’t necessarily go the way we wanted them to go. We were hungry. We knew we need to make up for it here. Obviously, you see the start that we had and the pressure we put on them early and it obviously paid dividends.

On the team confidence after tonight’s win…

It’s great. Obviously we’ve won our last two road games and we want to be road warriors. In this league, you have to get points on the road in order to be at the top, where we want to be. For us this is our third opportunity on the road. We responded really well to it.  We’ll try to replicate this going forward.

On the atmosphere at Providence Park...

It’s always very loud and passionate and who doesn’t want to pay in that atmosphere? For us, we love it. I think it kind of raised our games a little bit tonight. We knew we had a tough task ahead of us and we knew that we needed to really put on a perfect game to come out of here with points. The guys put a hell of a first half together and the second half, I think we showed our maturity a little bit and what we learned last year in the playoffs. We really showed it the second half.

On how having former Portland forward Maximilliano Urruti helped the team…

We knew how much this game meant to him.  He left here on top and he came to us and he’s hungry. You can see the work ethic he has. He put an unbelievable amount of pressure on their back four tonight. I think he got the touch on Jewsbury to put [Fabian Castillo] through. That’s huge for us. He’s been doing that all year and that’s been working well for us. We knew this game meant a lot to him and you could see how he played on the field.