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  • August 17, 2013
  • • 23:00
  • • Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
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Portland Timbers 2-1 FC Dallas: Timbers fell rotten Hoops

Portland Timbers 2-1 FC Dallas: Timbers fell rotten Hoops

Steve Dykes

Dallas continued its nightmare turn to the season as Portland maintained its push toward the top of the Western Conference

FC Dallas continued its plummeting MLS form with a 2-1 loss to the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field.

All three goals came in a furious seven-minute stretch in the first half. Ryan Johnson put Portland on the board in the 26th with a towering header on Diego Valeri's high, looping corner kick.

Dallas pulled one back two minutes later, with newcomer Mauro Diaz finishing off a pinpoint passing move that involved Blas Perez and Fabian Castillo.

The parity was short-lived, though. Portland won the ball in Dallas' half and countered rapidly. Valeri played a slick ball to Darlington Nagbe, who netted the winner to help the Timbers break a modest three-game winless run.

Dallas, which once topped MLS in the early days of the season and won six of its first eight games, has now failed to win a league game since May 25, a run of 11 matches. The skid has seen the club plummet out of the playoff places and into seventh, trailing fifth-place Vancouver by three points.

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