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Timbers down FC Dallas, move into 3rd

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Midfielder Diego Valeri recorded two assists, forward Ryan Johnson scored his eighth goal of the season and forward Darlington Nagbe his seventh goal as the Portland Timbers defeated FC Dallas 2-1 before a sellout crowd of 20,674 at JELD-WEN Field on Saturday night.

The Timbers (9-3-11, 38pts) move to within three points of Western Conference-leader and Supporters' Shield frontrunner Real Salt Lake, and have two games in hand. Portland and Real Salt Lake square off Wednesday, Aug. 21, at JELD-WEN Field at 8 p.m. (Pacific).

The Timbers and FC Dallas (8-7-9, 33pts) scored all three goals within a seven-minute span in the first half, with Portland's Johnson and Nagbe giving the home side a 2-1 lead heading into halftime. The Timbers defense held FC Dallas to just one shot on goal in the second half to close out the victory and extend their home unbeaten run in league play to nine games.

Valeri assisted on both Timbers goals, recording his fourth multi-assist game of the season, and has assisted on each of the club's last six regular-season goals.

Portland finished the regular-season series against FC Dallas with an unbeaten record of 2-0-1, and earned a 3-0-1 record against the Hoops across all competitions in 2013.

The capacity crowd marked the Timbers' 45th consecutive sellout at JELD-WEN Field since joining MLS in 2011.

A hard-working effort by midfielder Ben Zemanski set up the Timbers' corner kick that led to the opening goal in the 26th minute. From the right side, Valeri sent the ball in to the top of the six-yard box. Johnson out-jumped the pack and headed the ball under the crossbar of the right side of the goal, finding the back of the net in a fourth straight match at JELD-WEN Field.

FC Dallas equalized two minutes later, tying the match at 1-1. Quick passes between forward Blas Pérez and midfielder Fabian Castillo allowed Castillo to play midfielder Mauro Díaz into the area. Diaz was the first to the ball and was able to poke the ball around Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, charging off his line, into the back of the net for his first goal of the season.

Nagbe's fourth goal in four games across all competitions against FC Dallas this season helped the Timbers regain the lead in the 33rd minute. Zemanski won a knockdown in the midfield circle, allowing Valeri to gain possession of the ball and initiate the attack. Valeri played a perfectly weighted ball to Nagbe just inside the right side of the box and Nagbe calmly finished his career-best seventh goal of the season.

The Timbers continue a stretch of three matches in nine days Wednesday against Real Salt Lake. The matchup will be televised live on ROOT SPORTS, with radio broadcasts available on 750 The Game and in Spanish on La Pantera 940AM.


  • With the win over FC Dallas, the Timbers hold sole possession of third place in the Western Conference and sit just three points back of conference-leader Real Salt Lake, with two games in hand. The Timbers have three games in hand over second-place Colorado Rapids (39pts).
  • The Timbers have earned 1.65 points-per-game and are tied with the Montreal Impact for the best points-per-game in MLS.
  • The Timbers and FC Dallas met for a fourth time in 2013 across all competitions (3 MLS, 1 U.S. Open Cup), with Portland earning wins in three of the four meetings (3-0-1). The Timbers remain unbeaten against FC Dallas in league play at JELD-WEN Field (3-0-1) over three MLS seasons.
  • The Timbers have earned results in five of their last six league meetings against FC Dallas.
  • With the win, Portland extends its home unbeaten streak in league play to nine matches (7-0-2), third longest in MLS in 2013.
  • The Timbers have outscored opponents 15-3 during their current nine-game, home unbeaten stretch.
  • Overall, the Timbers are 11-1-3 at JELD-WEN Field across all competitions in 2013.
  • Portland's 22 goals allowed during the regular season are the fewest in MLS.
  • The Timbers improve to 6-1-7 against Western Conference clubs this season, including an unbeaten 6-0-1 mark at JELD-WEN Field.
  • The 20,674 at JELD-WEN Field was the club's 45th consecutive sellout since joining MLS in 2011.
  • Midfielder/forward Darlington Nagbe scored in each of the four matches against FC Dallas this season across all competitions; he has five career goals against FC Dallas. His goal in the 33rd minute against FC Dallas was his seventh of the season – a new career high.
  • Nagbe made his 37th consecutive regular-season start for the Timbers. He is the only Timbers player this season to start all 23 league matches.
  • Midfielder Diego Valeri has assisted on each of the Timbers last six goals in MLS play. He recorded his fourth multi-assist game of the season in the match against FC Dallas, and for the second-time this season, recorded multiple assists in a single half.
  • Valeri has 10 assists on the season and becomes the first Timbers MLS player to record 10 or more assists in a single season. He is just the second Timbers player since 2001 to record 10 or more assists in a single season; Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar recorded 12 assists in 2005 for the second-division Timbers.
  • Forward Ryan Johnson scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season and has found the back of the net in four consecutive regular-season home games. His eight goals match the Timbers MLS record for goals scored in a single season by an individual player, matching Kenny Cooper's output in 2011.
  • The Timbers had 11 corner kicks against FC Dallas, second-most this season in a single match. Portland had 12 corner kick attempts against Chivas USA on May 18.

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