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June 15, 2013 5:00 PM EDT
Providence Park — Portland, Oregon
Referee:‬ A. Villarreal‎
Attendance:‬ 20674‎
 
 

Portland Timbers 1-0 FC Dallas: Darlington Nagbe strike cuts Hoops' lead in West

The Liberian-born attacker scored an excellent goal to bring his side within two points on the Western Conference leader.

By Keith Hickey

Raúl Fernández
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The Portland Timbers defeated FC Dallas 1-0 at Jeld-Wen Field to move within touching distance of the Western Conference pace-setter.

Dallas had a setback early in the first half. With just seven minutes gone, striker Eric Hassli pulled up lame. With Blas Perez on international duty and Kenny Cooper not in the squad due to a family emergency, the injury left the Hoops with a lack of attacking options. Je-Vaughn Watson replaced the big Swiss and pushed Fabian Castillo forward.

Darlington Nagbe opened the scoring with a sumptuous strike in the 53rd minute. George John did well to defend the forward, but Nagbe spun and lashed a shot into the upper corner of the far post, making a difficult goal look effortless.

Portland's lead could have been even more emphatic if not for the form of Dallas keeper Raul Fernandez. The Peruvian came up with a big goal-line save on Diego Chara in the 39th minute, before stopping a Diego Valeri volley in the 68th minute with a fantastic reflex save. He came up big again in the 75th minute, diving to his side to touch away a Diego Chara effort.

The result cuts Dallas' lead at the top of the West over third-placed Portland to two points.


Portland Timbers

1
Donovan Ricketts
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
44
Pa-Modou Kah
Defender
 - 
98
Mamadou Danso
Defender
51′
 - 
4
Will Johnson
Midfielder
 - 
8
Diego Valeri
Midfielder
 - 
11
Kalif Alhassan
Midfielder
84′
 - 
13
Jack Jewsbury
Defender
 - 
21
 - 
6
 - 
9
 - 

FC Dallas

 - 
1
R. Fernández
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
11
Jackson
Defender
 - 
14
George John
Defender
 - 
17
Zach Loyd
Defender
 - 
24
Matt Hedges
Defender
 - 
16
Michel
Defender
 - 
4
 - 
-
 - 
11
 - 
29

Substitutes

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Milos Kocic
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Ryan Miller
Defender
 - 
16
 - 
14
Ben Zemanski
Midfielder
84′
 - 
17
 - 
20
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
18
Chris Seitz
Goalkeeper
 - 
21
 - 
22
 - 
25
 - 
16
Bobby Warshaw
Midfielder
 - 
27

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Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
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3 2