FC Dallas and Portland Timbers played out a 1-1 draw in a physical battle on a very warm day in Texas.
Dallas began the game on the front foot, earning a couple of corners in the first two minutes of the match. Asserting their dominance, following their 3-0 drubbing of Seattle last weekend.
The deadlock was broken in the 36th minute, and it was the home-side who got the opener. The Timbers gave Roland Lamah too much space on the edge of the box as he put the ball low past Jake Gleeson.
Portland’s Sebastian Blanco equalised with a beauty just after the half time interval. He cut in on his left foot and curled a finesse shot past the Dallas keeper. It was the start the Timbers will have been looking for after the restart.
Max Urruti had a chance (Albeit not a clear one) to put Dallas back ahead in the 59th minute. The Dallas forward had a stinging shot saved by the gloves of Jake Gleeson in the Portland goal.
The Timbers were reduced to 10-men in the 75th minute when Lawrence Olum handled the ball in what could have been seen as an attempt to score and deceive officials. Olum was shown a second yellow card for his actions.
Portland managed to hold out for a point on the road, despite late pressure from the hosts.