Despite some nervous moments in the second half, FC Dallas secured a 2-1 home victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.
Things started in the 9th minute, while Jesus Ferreira scored the third goal of his young career in MLS. He ended his race by sneaking behind the Timbers' defense, then a decision by the Video Review confirmed that it was not necessary for the offside to apply due to a deviation.
After controlling the first half, Dallas scored another goal in the 60th minute when Reto Ziegler brought home another penalty. The center back took over after Jorge Moreira, Portland's right-hand goalkeeper, fouled Pablo Aranguiz.
Dallas saw their lead drop by half in the 67th minute, with Cristhian Paredes scoring the first goal of the season. The Paraguayan midfielder broke through the Dallas back line and Sebastian Blanco pushed him back with a cross cross.
Portland advanced late to look for its second point of 2019 – or more – but nothing was bitten.
- 9 – DAL – Jesus Ferreira | WATCH
- 60 – DAL – Reto Ziegler (PK) | WATCH
- 67 – POR – Cristhian Paredes | WATCH
- THE GREAT IMAGEWinless trouble continued for Portland, although there was a second half spurt in sixth in their 12 straight road games to start the year. The team of head coach, Giovanni Savarese, continues to look more closely than the one who won the MLS Cup 2018. Meanwhile, the Luchi Gonzalez era continues to reach new heights, while Dallas remains undefeated at home. These FCD kids are more than good.
- MOMENT OF THE GAME: When the goal of Jesus Ferreira was approved after the review of the video, it was a referral decision that was taken several times this season during the MLS. The young man received the ball in an offside position, even though he ricocheted Diego Chara, thus canceling any illegal play. It was not beautiful, but it was solid according to the laws of the game.
After video review, the arrival of @ Jesusfcd27 stands!
Welcomes 1-0. #DALvPOR https://t.co/vPCc4auVc1
– Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 14, 2019
- MAN OF THE GAME: Jesse Gonzalez made no breathtaking strikes, but he was reliable all night long for the locals. Even when Portland replaced Diego Valeri and Sebastian Blanco affirmed his influence, the homegrown player remained steady under pressure. He finally finished with five saves.
- FCD: Saturday, April 20th at Atlanta United FC (4pm ET) ESPN in the USA, MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada)
- POR: Saturday, April 20th at Columbus Crew SC (7:30 pm ET on ESPN + in the United States, DAZN in Canada)