Brain Fernandez’s goal before halftime was the difference in this one as he set an MLS record when he scored a goal in his fifth consecutive league match to start a career.
Portland got on the board after struggling to get anything going in the first half. In the 41st minute a cross from Sebastian Blanco landed in the penalty box after both by Diego Chara and Jorge Moreira to let the ball go through, allowing an open Fernandez to pounce and score the game’s only attempt.
The chances were few and far between for FC Dallas on the night, the best didn’t come until the 75th minute when Jesus Ferreira’s wide open shot from inside the box sailed high over the net.
Instant reaction: The attack dried up again for Luchi Gonzalez on the road as he used the same lineup for the third straight game. Adding in Bryan Acosta, Ricardo Pepi and Santiago Mosquera off the bench was a nice bonus in the late stages but it certainly showed just how much work this attacking group still needs. After seeing someone like Fernandez light up the Timbers, you can’t help but wonder what a player like that would do for FCD.
Man of the Match: It is hard to knock Matt Hedges for the Fernandez goal after the ball deflected off him but for me he was the main reason on the night that this game was as close as it was.
What’s next for FC Dallas: This is the second to last league game until July 20th as we’ll see them back at home on July 4th against D.C. United before hosting upcoming friendlies against Xolos de Tijuana of Mexico and Spain’s Sevilla FC at Toyota Stadium.