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Number one ranked Portland Timbers ties 3rd ranked FC Dallas

Sebastian Blanco stepped up for the Portland Timbers, scoring a goal on Saturday.
Photo by: Al Sermeno

It was a big game: the number one ranked Portland Timbers took on number three ranked FC Dallas this Saturday. Not only that, but the Portland Timbers were without star player Diego Valeri. This paved the way for Sebastian Blanco and Fanendo Adi, who both scored a goal for the Timbers, to step up to the plate.  Both teams fought hard, however neither team was able to pull out a win.  The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Even though the Timbers are only walking away with one point, this still is a pretty big win for them. They managed to dominate FC Dallas at an away game without their star player, and keep their number one ranked position in the Western Conference. 

Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter was generally pleased, saying after the game, “I thought our team as a whole played really well. It was a difficult game against a difficult opponent. It’s tough to get points here. Not many teams come here and get points, and for us to get a point was very good. With a little bit of better luck, maybe we get three,” he said according to goal.com.

While getting a point on the road for the Timbers is a positive, FC Dallas also has their grit and determination to be proud of.  They came back from being down twice during the game and stay undefeated in the MLS.

Next, FC Dallas will take on Real Salt Lake on May 6th and 6:30, and the Portland Timbers will play San Jose on May 6th at 7:30.

Tesho Akindele scored an equalizing goal for FC Dallas.
Photo by: Bull Barrett

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