FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Darlington Nagbe scored in the 51st minute
to lift the Portland Timbers into a 1-1 tie with FC Dallas on
Blas Perez posted his first MLS goal in the 22nd minute for
Dallas, which beat New York 2-1 in its season opener last
Sunday. Perez had two assists against the Red Bulls.
Kris Boyd, a Scottish star playing just his second MLS game, had
two good chances to give Portland the lead, but was denied by FC
Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman in the 59th and 71st minutes.
Portland also rallied in its season opener, scoring three
unanswered goals in an impressive 3-1 victory over Philadelphia
"We started the game in a similar fashion last week," coach John
Spencer said, "and started in the second half again believing in
ourselves, trying to play our game, a little more up-tempo and I
think they struggled to contain us at times."
The 21-year-old Nagbe capitalized on an FC Dallas mistake to
collect his first goal of the year. After Hartman's high
clearing attempt died about 20 yards out, it was inadvertently
knocked back into the penalty area by midfielder Daniel
Hernandez and Nagbe pounced on it, slotting a low shot just
inside the left post.
"I just saw the ball go up and I was jogging back and once it
hit the other team, I knew I was onside, so I just went there
and finished it," Nagbe said. "There was no one in front of me,
just me and the goalie."
Said Hartman: "The ball was cleared and then all of a sudden, to
have it come back through the middle and have it be a breakaway
situation, was disappointing to say the least."
Portland outshot Dallas 7-1 over the final 45 minutes. While the
Timbers attributed the margin to playing with more energy,
Dallas cited the strong wind blowing in their direction.
"We were going against the wind, which was kind of difficult for
us," said Dallas defender George John, who entered the match to
start the second half. "But they definitely brought a lot of
pressure on us, the back four, and we had difficulty just
keeping the ball and passing."
Hernandez nearly got another one for Dallas in the 73rd minute,
but his 25-yard blast was punched over the crossbar by Portland
goalkeeper Troy Perkins.
"I was really pleased with the effort the boys put in," Dallas
coach Schellas Hyndman said. "I thought they matched the
intensity that Portland brought and I think Portland's a very
good team. I'm very happy we fought all the way down to the last
Dallas was without star forward Brek Shea for the second
straight game after he was called to the U.S. under-23 men's
national team training camp.