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FC Dallas downs the Portland Timbers 2-1

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Jesus Ferreira continues to score goals!

MLS: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas returned home on a rainy Saturday to down the Portland Timbers 2-1 off goals from Jesus Ferreira and Reto Ziegler.

Dallas got on the board early with a goal from Ferreira. The goal was originally called back for offside but video review helped overturn it. Michael Barrios went to pass the ball back but it took a deflection off Diego Chara right to the feet of Ferreira who was able to take a quick touch and fire a shot past Jeff Attinella.

Dallas doubled the lead in the 60th minute on a Ziegler penalty kick. Barrios cross the ball into the center of the penalty where Larrys Mabiala had a bad touch on it that forced Attinella to save the ball. Pablo Aranguiz picked up the ball off the save and was immediately fouled by Jorge Moreira to set up the penalty kick.

Portland pulled one back in the 67th minute on a header by Cristhian Paredes. Sebastian Blanco came up the left wing and sent a curling ball over the Dallas defense that found Paredes at the back post for the open header.

The Timbers had a couple calls for penalties late in the game, one on a handball in the box on Ryan Hollingshead that VAR denied and a second on a potential foul on Dairon Asprilla that was also denied.

Man of the Match: Once again it was a double effort from Paxton Pomykal and Ferreira. Both Homegrown players stood out in different ways. Pomykal continued to impress with his passing and vision on the field. Ferreira not only scored the opener but had a couple solid chances as well.

Instant Reaction: While the attack had it’s moments, they easily could have put away two or three more goals early on in this one to put it away sooner. The last 20 or so minutes, however, were super nervy and showed this group still has a ways to go here on the season. Had it not been for some stout defensive work in the back by Matt Hedges and Ziegler, this game could have been much different.

What’s next for FC Dallas: Luchi Gonzalez takes his team back out on the road next week to battle the defending MLS Cup champions Atlanta United.