Timbers extend FC Dallas winless run with 2-1 win


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Darlington Nagbe scored the go-ahead goal in the 33rd minute and the Portland Timbers held on to defeat FC Dallas 2-1 Saturday night.

Dallas is winless in a season-high 11 straight matches. The team's longest ever drought came last season when they went 13 straight games without a victory.

Ryan Johnson also scored for the Timbers, who moved into third place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference, but are just a point ahead of the Los Angeles Galaxy and two points in front of Vancouver.

The victory snapped a three-match winless streak for Portland (9-3-11), which had last weekend off after playing to a 1-1 draw with Cascadia Cup rival Vancouver on Aug. 3.

Mauro Diaz scored in his first start for FC Dallas (8-7-9).

Both teams are struggling with injuries.

FC Dallas right back Zach Loyd was out with a knee strain and central midfielder A.J. Jacobson sat with a sore hamstring. They were injured in last weekend's 3-3 draw against the Galaxy.

The Timbers were without Will Johnson, who has six goals and three assists this season, because of a right shoulder injury. Forward Frederic Piquionne also sat out because of an ankle injury he sustained in the Vancouver match. Midfielder Jack Jewsbury, also nursing a sore ankle, was listed as a reserve.

The Timbers had a good chance in the 21st minute on Diego Valeri's fast-break to the top of the box, but he stumbled on the kick, which went wide. But Ryan Johnson scored on a header off Valeri's well-placed corner kick in the 26th minute to give Portland the lead.

Johnson leads the Timbers with eight goals.

Only two minutes later, Diaz scored his first goal for FC Dallas to even it. Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts slid to the turf out in front of the goal, allowing Diaz to take advantage. Diaz, who is from Argentina, was acquired by FC Dallas last month and had appeared in just one match for the team before Saturday night.

Nagbe's goal, off an assist by Valeri, gave the Timbers the lead back.

Valeri has had an assist on each of Portland's last six goals, and is the first Timbers player with 10 assists since the team joined MLS in 2011.

The match featured a flurry of yellow cards in the second half, with Portland's Valeri and Ben Zemanski and Dallas' Jackson and Blas Perez each called for a yellow in the span of less than five minutes.


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