Another match where FC Dallas snatched a bad result from the clutches of victory.
FC Dallas made the difficult trip to face the Portland Timbers And took the opening 45 minutes right to the home side. Lightning fast attacks from Fabian Castillo and Tesho Akindale had Portland defending far too much for the liking of the Timbers Army.
After Adam Moffat rang one off the woodwork FCD got their deserve opening goal. A perfectly weighted chip from Blas Perez found the racing Fabian Castillo who took the ball off his chest and fired low into the side netting. A definite goal of the week candidate.
Only minutes later it was 2-0 from another wonderful Dallas goal. This time Akindale raced deep into the Portland box before pulling the ball back towards the penalty spot. Fabian Castillo was there, but he smartly dummied the ball leaving it for Blas Perez to blast home.
Could Portland regroup at the break?
Talk about emergency defending. In the 53rd minute the Timbers looked sure to score several times within a few seconds with shot after shot. Somehow the FC Dallas defense kept the ball out of the net. Keeper Raul Fernandez was off his line and both Dallas center backs dropped back on the goal line. Between the three of them they were able to block three Portland shots in quick succession and keep the 2-0 lead intact.
Just past the hour mark the injury bug struck Dallas once again and this time it was friendly fire as Raul Fernandez raced out and went thru the back of Zack Loyd chasing a loose ball. It looked really bad on the replays, but thankfully Loyd was back after it following a stoppage.
With twenty five minutes to play it just looked like it was not going to be the Timbers night. A loss would leave them with only a single win to show from nine home games this season.
The game turned in the 77th minute when Fernando Adi was rewarded for an obvious dive in the Dallas box. A completely silly call, but a reward for a second half of attacking for Portland. Eleven minutes to go. Would FC Dallas be able to hang on with heavy legs from playing three matches in twelve days?
The match was almost even in the 83rd but Gaston Fernandez rifled his shot hard off the left goal post. Oscar Pareja threw on a third center back for the final five minutes. Shortly after Moises Hernandez was shown the straight red for a studs up tackle. Wouldn't be an FC Dallas game without a red card for them right?
Four minutes of stoppage time and FCD would have a very nice road win.
Whoops not so fast as Blas Perez earned a red card for a stomp in the 92nd. Dallas down to nine men. As if the soccer gods willed it the ball was in the back of the net less than a minute later as a cross fell perfectly for Pa Modou Kah who flicked the ball into the corner of the net. Another ridiculous result for FC Dallas who have made a habit of snatching bad results from the clutches of victory this year.