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

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All the facts from FCD's latest win.

FC Dallas picked up three big points in Wednesday night in a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers.

Scoring Summary:
POR: Diego Valeri (Lucas Melano) 4
DAL: Ryan Hollingshead 55
DAL: Walker Zimmerman (Mauro Diaz) 57

FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman, Zach Loyd, Ryan Hollingshead, Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Gruezo, Michael Barrios (Maruo Rosales 77), Mauro Diaz, Fabian Castillo (Atiba Harris 83), Max Urruti (Tesho Akindele 46).

Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Herman, Juan Esteban Ortiz, Carlos Lizarazo, Victor Ulloa.

Timbers FC – Jake Gleeson, Jermaine Taylor, Chris Klute (Jack McInerney 82), Liam Ridgewell, Zarek Valentin, Diego Chara, Darlington Nagbe, Diego Valeri, Fanendo Adi, Diego Valeri, Lucas Melano, Darren Mattocks (Jack Barmby 59).

Substitutes Not Used: Ned Grabavoy, Ben Zemanski, Jack Jewsbury, Wade Hamilton, Nat Borchers.

Misconduct Summary: 
POR – Diego Valeri (caution) 89
DAL – Walker Zimmerman (caution) 48
DAL – Fabian Castillo (caution) 77
POR – Diego Valeri (caution) 89

Referee: Alan Kelly
Referee Assistants: Jonathan Johnson; Eric Weisbrod 
Fourth Official: Younes Marrakchi
Weather: Cloudy, 82
Attendance: 10,381


FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja

Overall thoughts…
I thought this game was a must win after what happened in the last few games, so pursuing the three points today was obviously really important, and we did it. In the first 30 minutes, it was very difficult for us to get the rhythm and bring energy to the game. After they scored, our team probably went to a very deep spot, and that made it ever more incredible the way they worked after that to tie the game and win it. The second half was different. We had more energy. I thought we had more ideas in the middle. The first half we had some options. The second half we had more options, and the game just went back and forth. I thought it was a game we needed to win. We got the three points today, and the soccer is just now coming back to our team. We’ll get there.

On Ryan Hollingshead filling in for injured GK in Toronto and scoring a goal tonight…
(Tonight’s match) showed the character of the team, and Ryan (Hollingshead) is a good representation of that. It was not easy for him to take the (goalkeeper) gloves and change the gear in Toronto. In front of 30,000 people, he had the courage to do it, and he did it well. That energy transmitted to his teammates, and tonight he stepped up in a moment that was critical for us and he scored to equalize the game. I give credit to Ryan’s performance tonight. It was great to see him taking the game on his shoulders, taking the team on his shoulders. I thought he did great today.

On lack of goal production from forwards and midfielders…
It’s one of those moments. I said during the week, it’s one of those dry moments for forwards that happen. We need to carry on and sort it out. I have confidence in the players. I thought the number of options we had tonight just gives us hope because they are putting themselves in good spots. We’re not finding the last third, but we’re creating options and they will bounce back into it.

FC Dallas midfielder Ryan Hollingshead

General thoughts on the match…
We knew if we could get three points today and do it again on Saturday against Seattle, we would be right back in a good spot in the standings. Our offense has been getting chances. We were getting into the box and having chances to score – we just couldn’t find the net. Things, today, bounced a little bit to our side on those goals… My goal at least… And then Walker [Zimmerman] scored again right after. Sometimes you need one to go in so you can kind of relax. Once the monkey is off your back, you can start playing.

On the slow start to the game…
Sometimes things are just not clicking. We had the right mindset coming in, we were prepared well for the game. We knew what [Portland] had to offer… we just played them a few weeks ago. We knew exactly what to expect but sometimes you come out a little slow. In the second half we were looking at ourselves thinking we were down 1-0, if we go on a four-game skid here it is going to put us in a bad spot. We’re home in front of our own fans. Let’s go out and make something happen. We did. The second half was all ours. We took it to them. 

FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman

On coming from behind to win…
To come from behind, like we did, it shows the resiliency and character of this team. Keep fighting. Keep battling, especially after giving up such an early goal. I couldn’t be more proud of the guys. It was a great team effort tonight.

On the physicality of the match…
Portland is a physical team. We always get into little scrums with them. [Fanendo] Adi and I always have a lot of battles. We have a lot of respect for each other. It’s always fun to play against a guy like him. It brings out the best in you and it’s fun to play a team that wants to win that badly. They’re a proven team and last season’s champions. 

On scoring two goals in two minutes…
It has to be frustrating for them. From our own experience, when you let in goals back-to-back like that you’re going to be a little shellshocked. You have to be able to bounce back. It was good that we caught them in that moment because this game… If you lose concentration for a second, you can take punishment for it.