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FC Dallas Earns a 2-1 Win against Portland

April 13, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Dallas News Release

Jesus Ferreira scores his second goal of the season in the 9th minute.

Reto Ziegler scores his fourth career penalty in the 60th minute.

Bressan makes his MLS debut after being subbed on in the 87th minute.

Michael Barrios' consecutive streak continues with 93 uninterrupted appearances.

FC Dallas travels to Mercedes Benz Stadium to face Atlanta United FC on Saturday, April 20 at 3 PM CT. Game will be broadcasted on ESPN.

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Frisco, Texas - FC Dallas earns a 2-1 victory against the Portland Timbers on a rainy Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.

Game Summary

First Half:

9' - Jesus Ferreira opened the scoring for FC Dallas after being put through on goal when Michael Barrios' pass deflected off the defender and into his path in behind Portland's backline.

26' - Reggie Cannon charged into Portland's half before laying the ball of to Michael Barrios whose cross was deflected out for a corner kick.

28' - Michael Barrios forced a save from Jeff Attinella from a tight angle after Carlos Gruezo found him in the box.

31' - Pablo Aránguiz nearly doubled the lead for FC Dallas after latching onto Michael Barrios' cutback cross but his shot went just over the bar.

34' - Ferreira was inches away from getting his second goal of the match but his right-footed shot from the edge of the box went just wide of the target.

44' - Barrios broke into the box from the left and forced Jeff Attinella in goal to a strong save towards his left post.

Second Half:

60' - Reto Ziegler converts a penalty with a left-footed shot to the top right of the net after Jorge Moreira fouls Pablo Aranguiz inside the box.

63' - Ferreira with another close attempt inside the box to make it 3-0, but the shot hit the lower part of the left post.

67' - Timbers reduced the game to 2-1 after a heading effort inside the six yard box from Cristhian Paredes on a Sebastián Blanco cross.

84' - Diego curled a free kick in for the guests that forced Jesse Gonzalez to his third save of the night on a Bill Tuiloma header.

90+4' - Gonzalez with a game winning save off the line on a Dairon Asprilla shot from close range.


FC Dallas - Jesse Gonzalez; Ryan Hollingshead, Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Reggie Cannon; Edwin Cerrillo (Jacori Hayes -78'), Paxton Pomykal, Carlos Gruezo; Pablo Aránguiz (Santiago Mosquera-72'), Jesús Ferreira (Matheus Bressan -87'), Michael Barrios.

Substitutes not used - Jimmy Maurer, Marquinhos Pedroso, Thomas Roberts, Zdenek Ondrasek.

Portland Timbers - Jeff Attinella; Larrys Mabiala, Bill Tuiloma, Julio Cascante (Dairon Asprilla -70'), Jorge Moreira; Andres Flores (Tomás Conechny - 87'), Cristhian Paredes (Diego Valeri -70'), Diego Chara; Sebastián Blanco, Jeremy Ebobisse, Zarek Valentin.

Substitutes not used - Steve Clark, Claude Dielna, Jorge Villafaña, David Guzmán.

Scoring Summary:

FCD: Jesús Ferreira -9'

FCD: Reto Ziegler (PK) -60'

POR: Cristhian Paredes (Sebastián Blanco, Diego Chara) - 67'

Misconduct Summary:

POR: Diego Chara (caution) - 51'

FCD: Paxton Pomykal (caution) - 65'

Weather: Drizzle, 49

Attendance: 14,376

Referee: Marcos DeOliveira

Assistant Referees: Jeffrey Greeson, Eduardo Mariscal

4th Official: Victor Rivas

VAR Official: Hilario Grajeda

AVAR Official: Kevin Terry

FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez

Overall thoughts on the game...

I thought our first half was very positive in terms of creating chances, in terms of pressure, in terms of transitions. The second half it was inconsistent. We were moments of good pressure, moments of good counters and attacks, moments of good possession but then moments of the opposite with casualness, with not being together in a present situation. So as the game progressed, we absorbed. My tactic at the end was, obviously, to absorb and get the result.

I have to be happy that we found a way and we have to be happy with the weather and the wind. We're going to learn. What we fell short of last week, in terms of closing the game, we were able to improve that this game.

On closing the game...

We had a challenge last game to close. We decided to put in a center back to create a line of five. Credit to the boys, they found a way, with some controversy at the end, but they found a way.

On Reggie Cannon, Jesus Ferreira and Paxton Pomykal's progression...

It's the same feeling as I had a few years ago when I had the pleasure of coaching them in the Academy. Just seeing them take their next step, take it one game, one training at a time, trying to develop fundamental things in their game as players, as people. The fact that I'm involved in that, that next step for them, it's the same feeling I had a few years ago when they're competing in the Academy.

Jesus Ferreira

On tonight's goal...

As the game goes on, they always tell me to act like the ball is going to you.

I believed that if I kept thinking like that and just kept running instead of looking where the ball was going, and it came to my feet [and] I just finished it.

Bouncing back at home from Philadelphia and road games...

Our home is our home and we have to defend it with everything. When teams come here, they have to be scared to play us here at home.

On team connection and chemistry...

During training we have to get to know each other, get to know where our movements are and where we need help or don't need it. So I think it all comes from the training ground.

Reto Ziegler

On needing to close games...

I think if you analyze the first half, we had many good chances.

I think we need to close the games. We create a lot of goal action that's really positive, but we have to score two-three goals to break them out mentally. If it doesn't happen, we have to keep the ball and not just wait and keeping the score. They overloaded us at the end and that's why we played with five in the back to avoid the crosses.

We just adapt to the game. It was not the most beautiful game but we're really happy with the three points.

On having five defenders in the backline at the end...

I think it was a good moment to play with five because we were winning and needed these three points. Sometimes you have to adapt and it's not the most beautiful soccer we play but we need to keep the score and I think it was really smart.

On bouncing back...

It feels great.

We have to continue to play the way we did in the first half, confident on the ball and make many passes. We showed a better side today [than against Philadelphia] and we're going to continue to play with the ball and with confidence in the future. Today at the end it was only fighting but sometimes we need to do that to get the points.

On Bressan coming in and making his debut...

Bressan is a guy who is always ready. He has a lot of experience and is training well so I'm really happy that he could play today, even though it was just a couple of minutes, and he deserved it.

Paxton Pomykal

On the game and conditions...

Conditions were a little bit wet as you guys could see but at the end of the day that doesn't matter, we still have to play the way that we do. I thought that the first half was very, very positive from us, I thought we implemented yourselves really well.

Second half needs to be better from the whole entire team. I felt like we dropped off a little bit and didn't really play our game and we have to look at the film and figure things out and go from there.

Overall the game was good. Three points is three points, so we have to be happy about that.

Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese

Overall thoughts on the game...

The only thing I appreciate from tonight is the spirit and effort that I saw from our team. I reserve any additional comment on other obvious factors out of our control that affected the game.

Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastián Blanco

On his thoughts on the game...

I'm very calm because the team had a very good attitude, a very good effort to change the history in the second half. I think we deserved more points today, but we played against 14, 15 players.

On the difference in the second half...

The first we didn't play bad. But we created more opportunities. In the second half we took more risks. We played more offensive, moved the ball well and created chances. Again, we had an important mistake and they scored, and it was very difficult to come back in the game.

On the Cristhian Paredes goal...

I always try to make this play because Jebo [Jeremy Ebobisse] or another player comes behind the center back. So today it's good for Cristhian that he scored, but we couldn't score the second goal.

Portland Timbers defender Zarek Valentin

On his thoughts on the game...

Obviously it's a better performance coming from last week. It's a good to see a reaction from the group. First goal, weird, weird play. A little deflection and then second goal a penalty, that's tough. For the guys to come back and grab a goal, and if we are going to say there is probably two penalty kick calls again, in my opinion Matt Hollingshead's arm was in an unnatural position. If I was the defender, I would feel like it was PK, but again it's not my call. Again you move forward, and you try to build from this.

On the difference in the second half...

I think it's just a matter of growing in confidence. When this group is confident and we are believing in each other and we have each other's backs, we are tough to play against. We had [Dallas] under for the majority, obviously they got behind us a few times. Again we have to build on this. It's not the result we wanted. We can't control the refs; we just have to control what we can control.

On handling Michael Barrios...

Cristhian [Paredes] played great in front of me. Julio [Cascante] always had my back. When you have guys that are covering for you like that it gives you the confidence to be aggressive at times and you just try to do your best whenever possible. I'm happy [with the team's response], but at the same time I feel like we could have gotten some points here, but onward and upward and hopefully we will give the same performance against Columbus.

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