Preview: FCD look to turn up the heat on visiting Timbers
FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers meet for the second time on the campaign when the clubs clash Saturday evening at Pizza Hut Park. FC Dallas rebounded from a big loss with a road victory last weekend, winning 2-1 at Chivas USA. The Timbers are coming off a wild match, the New York Red Bulls getting a late goal in a 3-3 draw in Oregon.
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REFEREE: Elias Bazakos. SAR (bench): George Gansner; JAR (opposite): Eric Boria; 4th: Alex Prus
MLS Career: 12 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 3; pens: 0
INJURY REPORT: FC DALLAS – OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira (R ankle)
PORTLAND TIMBERS – OUT: DF Mamadou Danso (L shoulder); FW Bright Dike (R Achilles rupture); DF David Horst (L hip flexor); FW Spencer Thompson (R knee); DOUBTFUL: MF James Marcelin (R knee MCL sprain); PROBABLE: MF Peter Lowry (L quadriceps strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: POR: Jeremy Hall, Rodney Wallace
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: George John, Andrew Jacobson, Brek Shea, Zach Loyd
ALL-TIME: Timbers 1 win, 3 goals … FC Dallas 0 wins, 2 goals … Ties 0
• The teams are meeting for the second time this season. The Timbers got off to a big lead before holding on for a 3-2 win against FC Dallas on April 17 at Jeld-Wen Field.
• Coaches record: John Spencer vs. DAL: P1 W1 L0 D0 … Schellas Hyndman v POR: P1 W0 L1 D0
LAST MEETING (MLS)
4/17: POR 3, DAL 2 (Jewsbury 13; Cooper 35; Wallace 55 – Ferreira 83; Shea 86)
• The Timbers took the lead in the 13th minute. Kalif Alhassan laid the ball back for Jack Jewsbury at the edge of the box. The Timbers captain took a shot that ricocheted off the post and then off FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman before finding its way into the net.
• Then, in the 34th minute, Kenny Cooper rose above the defenders and got a head on a Jewsbury corner kick, directing the ball masterfully over Hartman and inside the left post.
• It was 3-0 to the home side just 10 minutes into the second half. Alhassan went on a mazy dribbling run through four defenders. He nearly lost the ball in the box, but defender Rodney Wallace picked it up and put it into the back of the net.
• FC Dallas pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute. Brek Shea slid in a pass from the left flank and David Ferreira ran onto it, directing the ball past goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.
• Less than three minutes later, Ferreira and Shea connected again. This time, it was Ferreira sending a chip over the Portland defense and into the path of a streaking Shea, who got onto the end of it to beat Gleeson.
• PORTLAND TIMBERS (4-4-2): Jake Gleeson - Steve Purdy, Eric Brunner, Mamadou Danso, Rodney Wallace - Jeremy Hall (Darlington Nagbe 65), Jack Jewsbury, James Marcelin, Kalif Alhassan (Sal Zizzo 72) - Kenny Cooper, Jorge Perlaza (Eddie Johnson 77).
• FC DALLAS (4-1-4-1): Kevin Hartman - Zach Loyd (Jackson Goncalves 60), Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Brek Shea - Daniel Hernandez - Marvin Chavez, David Ferreira, Andrew Jacobson (Maykel Galindo 72), Fabian Castillo - Milton Rodriguez (Jair Benitez 64).
FC Dallas rebounded from their heaviest defeat in two years in fine fashion, getting a late goal for a 2-1 win against Chivas USA on Saturday evening at The Home Depot Center. FCD has 28 points from 14 games on the season, in second place in the Western Conference.
• The visitors struck first, in the 22nd minute. Midfielder Andrew Jacobson sent a looping ball to Brek Shea down the center of the park, and he raced away from Chivas USA defender Michael Umaña and powered in a low shot to give Dallas the lead.
• Chivas USA hit for an equalizer in the 71st minute. A corner kick was partially cleared, but only to Michael Lahoud, who fired a shot from 30 yards out that appeared to take a deflection of FC Dallas defender George John before beating Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
• But the game-winner in the 85th minute when a throw-in was flicked on and a Chivas defender let it bounce in the area, thinking it would carry through to goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, and instead Jackson snuck in to intercept the ball and tap it home from close range.
• FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman maintained the same team for a third consecutive match, keeping the group that fell 4-1 to Sporting Kansas City at Pizza Hut Park.
• FC DALLAS--Kevin Hartman - Zach Loyd, George John, Ugo Ihemelu, Jair Benitez – Eric Alexander (Bobby Warshaw 68), Andrew Jacobson, Daniel Hernandez, Brek Shea - Fabian Castillo (Jackson Goncalves 72), Marvin Chavez (Maykel Galindo 80).
• The trip to Chivas USA was the only one in a five-game stretch for FC Dallas. The club now returns home for back-to-back games against Portland and Columbus.
• “This was a game for us to kind of get back on track,” FCD coach Schellas Hyndman said. “As I mentioned to the guys, the most important game is the game after that performance [vs. Sporting], and tonight we fought for every ball. We competed and we had scoring opportunities.”
• Jackson Goncalves scored his first MLS goal, coming off the bench for the final 18 minutes. Jackson has been out of the starting lineup for the last two matches, after being replaced at halftime of the draw in Houston by Jair Benitez, who has started at right back since.
• “He is extremely pleased,” said Hyndman. “He hasn’t been starting the last few games, so he’s working his way back into the starting lineup and obviously extremely happy to get the game-winner.”
• When he came on, Jackson was inserted on the left side of midfield. Last season, his first at FCD, he did play as a holding midfielder and a wide midfielder.
• “I am very happy in the midfield,” said Jackson. “Last year I played the position and I liked it a lot. I feel as comfortable playing midfield as I do playing forward.”
• Brek Shea scored his team-leading sixth goals, his third goal in the last five games. He’s started 10 consecutive games as a wide midfielder after opening the season in central defense.
• Andrew Jacobson recorded two assists, his first career two-assist game. He has four assists on the season (after recording none in his first two seasons in the league, with D.C. United and Philadelphia).
• “The more we see him, the more we like him,” said Hyndman. “That was a brilliant ball that he gave to Brek [Shea, for the first FCD goal]. He does a lot of things people don’t see so we got quite a steal there but we know he has talent.”
• Maykel Galindo came on as a substitute for the final 11 minutes, his first league appearance since coming on as a substitute April 17 vs. Portland.
The Portland Timbers ended their three-game losing streak but couldn’t hold for a victory, ending in a 3-3 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Sunday evening at JELD-WEN Field. The Timbers have 18 points from 13 games, sitting in seventh place in the Western Conference.
• The Red Bulls took the lead in the fourth minute, when Dwayne De Rosario's cross found Austin da Luz at the penalty spot, and he fired home.
• But the Timbers scored twice in two minutes just after the break. Jack Jewsbury pounced on a poorly cleared ball at the top of the box and slammed it past Greg Sutton (47), then Jewsbury lofted a free kick to the back post where Eric Brunner headed it back across the area and Kevin Goldthwaite finished it off from close range.
• The score became 3-1 when Stephen Keel turned a Jorge Perlaza cross from the right into his own net. But Henry pulled New York back in the 73rd minute as he played a series of one-twos through the Timbers defense before finishing with his left foot in the area.
• Portland looked like restoring their two-goal lead in the 76th minute when Sutton pulled down Perlaza in the area. But Jewsbury’s penalty attempt rapped off the left-hand post. Then in an off-the-ball incident deep in second-half stoppage time, Henry saw a straight red after a tussle with Timbers substitute Adam Moffat, who himself saw yellow.
• Well later into stoppage time, Rodney Wallace handled De Rosario's hopeful, low cross into the area and the Canadian international finished off his own penalty.
• Timbers coach John Spencer made one change to the team that lost 1-0 to the Colorado Rapids at Jeld-Wen Field. David Horst came into the back four for the injured Mamadou Danso.
• PORTLAND TIMBERS (4-4-2): Troy Perkins - Jeremy Hall (Adam Moffat 86), David Horst (Kevin Goldthwaite 46), Eric Brunner, Rodney Wallace - Darlington Nagbe (Sal Zizzo 72), Jack Jewsbury, Diego Chara, Kalif Alhassan - Kenny Cooper, Jorge Perlaza.
• After winning their first five games at Jeld-Wen Field, the Timbers are now winless in three in a row, losing twice then tying New York.
• "We had a chance to take three points off what I consider the most potent attacking force in the country," Timbers head coach John Spencer said. "From the 46th minute to the 90th minute, we ran them ragged. We outplayed them. We outran them. We were better than them in every department. For a number of minutes, they were struggling to cope with us."
• For a second consecutive week, the Timbers conceded the deciding goal in stoppage time, after Colorado grabbed a 1-0 win with a goal in the second minute of added time.
• “Guys are gutted right now. That’s two games in a row where we’ve given up some points late in games and we thought we deserved more,” said Jack Jewsbury. “We’ve got to take the positives of the way we approached the second half and take that into Dallas next week.”
• Spencer is able to return to the touchline after he watched the New York from the press box, suspended for one match by the MLS Disciplinary Committee. Assistant coach Trevor James handled the bench coaching responsibilities.
• Jewsbury scored his fourth goal of the season, matching his single-season career high, set in 2005 with Kansas City. His six assists are one shy of his career high set in 2008 with K.C.
• Jewsbury’s goal was the first for the Timbers in 230 minutes, their longest goalless drought in their inaugural MLS season, and came after back-to-back shutouts.
• "If someone wants to come help us pick up our heads right now – it's frustrating," goalkeeper Troy Perkins said. "We've got to keep our confidence."
• Kevin Goldthwaite scored against his former club, his first goal in nearly exactly three years. He last scored in MLS play on June 21, 2008, while with the Red Bulls.
• Goldthwaite made his first appearance since March 26, coming on as a halftime substitute for David Horst, who suffered a hip flexor injury. Horst was making his third consecutive appearance after missing eight matches.