It was good to be back home for FC Dallas on Wednesday night as they downed the Portland Timbers 2-1.
FC Dallas ended their scoreless streak at 347 minutes thanks to two quick goals in the second half by defenders Ryan Hollingshead and Walker Zimmerman.
Three minutes in the Timbers struck first with a goal from Diego Valeri. Darron Mattocks set up the play on the left wing when he crossed the ball over the Dallas defense to Lucas Melano. The Argentine's shot was saved by Chris Seitz but his punch out went straight to Valeri, who hammered it in the goal.
Portland had another chance in the 18th minute on a Valeri free kick from 30 yards out. The kick went over the Dallas wall as it went towards the upper corner, Seitz punched it out.
Dallas finally broke their scoreless streak on a goal from Hollingshead in the 55th minute. Dallas had a serious of passes outside the penalty box between Fabian Castillo, Tesho Akindele and Hollingshead. After a couple give and goes, Hollingshead broke free into the box and hammered the ball past Jake Gleeson.
The lead doubled for Dallas moments later on a corner kick from Diaz. The ball bended into the middle of the penalty box where Zimmerman was there to head the ball into the far post.
Dallas nearly had a third in the 88th minute on a rocket of a shot from Carlos Gruezo. The Colombian recovered the ball outside the penalty box and fired a hard one-time shot that hit off the upper corner of the goal posts.
Akindele had a solid chance in the first minute of extra time as he raced past his defender on the wing. Once he got into the penalty box he ripped a shot towards the far post but Gleeson would make a kick save.
FC Dallas returns to action again this weekend as they host Seattle on Saturday.