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FC Dallas chops down the Timbers

Dallas moves 7 points clear of the table

MLS: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

As many suspected, Dallas and Portland started this rather tentatively with both clubs missing several key players due to international call ups. Both Dallas and Portland were sloppy in the opening ten minutes, with neither side able to string more than three passes together.

Things changed in 12th minute when Barrios got in behind the Portland defense and was tripped by Jake Gleeson to give Dallas an early penalty. Mauro Diaz stepped up and slotted it beautifully into the left corner to give Dallas an early lead.

Portland spent the next 10 minutes seeking an equalizer and came close in the 17th minute when Chris Seitz came way off his line but missed the ball and Lucas Melano was able to slide the ball across the face of goal. Thankfully for FC Dallas, the ball was played out for a corner.

Victor Ulloa would double the lead right before half time after Diaz played a delicious through ball to Michael Barrios who flashed a cross in front of the Timbers’ goal. Ulloa made a well timed late run into the box and found himself unmarked and buried the ball to give Dallas a 2-0 lead.

Lucas Melano nearly got Portland back as he unleashed a rocket that went off the post in the 52nd minute. The rebound found Adi, but Walker Zimmerman did enough to unbalance Adi and his header went trickled into the safe hands of Seitz.

Dallas would make it 3-0 a minute later thanks to a beautiful header from Walker Zimmerman off an excellent free kick from Mauro Diaz. FCD would continue to pour on the offense but were unable to add to the scoreline.

Portland would find a consolation goal in the 87th minute and spoil Chris Seitz’ bid for a clean sheet, as Diego Valeri buried a bouncing ball with a well taken half-volley.

FC Dallas is now 7 points clear of the table and extends their home unbeaten streak to 19 games. Dallas will return back to action next Saturday against the Colorado Rapids.