What. A. Game. No other way to describe it.
On the eve of the World Cup, the Portland Timbers played quite the entertaining match at home against FC Dallas. Going into the half down two goals and managing a last-gasp draw to save a vital point against a 9-man Dallas squad.
Fabian Castillo started the scoring in the 27th minute, after chesting down a wonderful chip from Blas Perez to beat Donovan Ricketts in-goal. The away side added to their lead in the 39th minute. A quick counter-attack, started by a great tackle inside the Dallas penalty area, sprung Tesho Akindele free through the midfield, he then sped past sliding Timber defenders to cut the ball inside to Perez who rifled a beauty into the corner. Dallas went into halftime with a thoroughly deserved 2-0 lead.
The Timbers came into the second half flying, in a half that featured 19 shots for them, they finally broke through in the 78th minute, ironically enough from a penalty kick. After Dallas defender Je-Vaughn Watson brought down Fanendo Adi inside the area, Will Johnson converted from the spot to bring Portland back within a goal. The Timbers kept pressing, and in the 87th minute Dallas lost Moises Hernandez to a straight red card after a challenge to Danny O’Rourke. In the very, very last few seconds of stoppage time, after Blas Perez was shown red, Pa Modou Kah touched a half-shot from Max Urruti into the back of the net, giving the Timbers an equalizer.
After the chaos of tonight’s game, Portland now sit 6th in the West with 20 points through 16 games. FC Dallas sit 4th in the West with 22 points from 17 games played. The Timbers next match is on June 17, a US Open Cup tie against Orlando City’s U-23 squad, while Dallas entertain the San Antonio Scorpions on the same day. Portland return to league play on the 28th when they visit Columbus. Dallas will play Kansas City at home on the 27th when they return to league action.