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FC Dallas and Portland battle to a draw

Published 3/18/2012 8:50:57 AM by staff from frisco
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Both sides were looking to start the 2012 MLS season with two straight wins as FC Dallas and Portland met on Saturday night in Texas.  The home side started brightly and were rewarded with an early lead.  Blas Pérez scored in the 22nd minute after a cross from fellow Panamanian Carlos Rodríguez found Bryan Levya on the right side of the Timbers box.  Leyva, making the first appearance of his MLS career, put in a hard shot on Timbers keeper Troy Perkins that was brushed away only to find Pérez waiting to put in the rebound.

FC Dallas provided plenty of pressure early on but after a choppy start, including two early cautions for Rodney Wallace and Jack Jewsbury, the visiting Timbers came on strong to end the half. 
The Timbers pressed hard in the final 20 minutes of the opening stanza, getting a couple of good chances on Kevin Hartman’s goal. A free kick by Timbers captain Jack Jewsbury in the 36th minute saw a header from Lovel Palmer hit the post.

The late first half pressure by the Timbers caused FC Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman to go to his bench just before the break. Hyndman brought on defender George John in place of Leyva. The move shifted Jair Benítez from left back to right wing with Hernán Pertúz filling in at left back. 

Portland were able to level the match just after halftime as they took advantage of some sloppy play in the FCD defense. 
Nagbe, who came in for Jorge Perlaza to start the second half, took a Daniel Hernandez turnover outside the penalty box and converted it into his first goal of the season.

Neither team was able to register any quality chances on goal in the final 20 minutes of the game, trading fouls and possession as the game ended level.  FC Dallas now go on the road for the first time next weekend when they visit Eastern Conference foes Sporting Kansas City.  Portland , meanwhile, stay on the road next Saturday, March 24, as they visit the New England Revolution.


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