Fanendo Adi scored the two Timbers goals, while FC Dallas struggled to get anything going on their own offensive end.
Portland came out with a lot of energy in this one as they looked to pounce on Dallas’ back four that was missing Matt Hedges and Maynor Figueroa to international duty and Walker Zimmerman to a MCL injury.
Fifteen minutes in, the Timbers nearly got on the board. Sebastian Blanco found Diego Valeri in the middle of the park, who then looked to spring Adi free around rookie Walker Hume. The rookie was able to knock Adi off balance as he attempted a shot at Jesse Gonzalez, who made a save.
FC Dallas came close to scoring in the 22nd minute on a play between Tesho Akindele and Maxi Urruti. The Argentine got into the Timbers penalty box and held the ball up for Michael Barrios. The Colombian got behind his defender before putting a cross to the back post to Roland Lamah. The Ivorian’s attempt on frame was then cleared off the line by Zarek Valentine.
Adi was able to get the Timbers into the lead in the 33rd minute. Blanco found the ball on the right side of the field. He then sprang Adi free in between a pair of Dallas defenders and the veteran forward was able to put home a shot past Gonzalez.
The Timbers doubled their lead in the 72nd minute again from Adi. This time Dairon Asprilla and Valeri helped set up the goal. Asprilla sent a low cross into the box that Diego Chara let roll to the far side for Adi. Once again the veteran forward had an easy attempt on goal that he didn’t miss.
FC Dallas pushed for a late goal of their own once Mauro Diaz came on to the field in the second half. In the 88th minute, Diaz sent a crafty ball between some Timbers defenders to Urruti at the top of the box. Urruti was unfortunately unable to get a clean look on goal after two Timbers defender closed in on him.
FC Dallas return to the field next week as they head back to Dallas on Wednesday to host USL side Tulsa in the US Open Cup before heading back out on the road to Vancouver next weekend.