Jeremy Ebobisse crushed the dream of a valuable road point in the 83rd minute as he scored the game’s only goal to continue the winless streak on the road to start the season to six games.
Both teams traded chances and possession in the first half but the best opportunities came from Dallas, both with Ricardo Pepi getting denied. In the 34th minute as Justin Che was able to get forward and send a ball into the penalty box where Ricardo Pepi headed the ball just wide of the goal. Four minutes later Paxton Pomykal crossed the ball to the back post where Pepi was there to find a foot on the ball that hit off the post.
Dallas had their moments in the second half but Portland began to make changes with Diego Valeri coming off the bench and the veteran attacker made the difference. But it wasn’t until the 83rd minute when Ebobisse took a pass from Yimmi Chará. The Timbers’ attacker found space in the penalty box and fired a shot past Jimmy Mauer.
Instant reaction: Let’s be real for a second here. There were good moments in this one for FC Dallas. The last 15 minutes of the first half were good for this group. Largely it was all the Homegrown players doing things in the attack. Pomykal and Pepi were showing their value on the wings and were getting good chances that either hit a post or were pushed out by Steve Clark.
But the longer the game went scoreless, we saw players get tired and once Portland went to their bench, the game changed. Luchi Gonzalez failed to react quick enough to Valeri coming on the bench in this one as the veteran really changed the attack and energy for the Timbers. We’ve been disappointed but it was clear there was a time that this group was playing for a draw, once that thought settled in, they were chasing the game.
Man of the match: Pomykal had easily one of his best nights since returning from injury.
What’s next for FC Dallas: The road trip continues here as FC Dallas has a quick turnaround here as they head to Denver to take on the Colorado Rapids.