(Three goals mean three wood slabs for the Timbers goal scorers. Photo courtesy of Portland Timbers)
Until Saturday night, the Portland Timbers had been winless, sitting on three draws and one loss. However, under a full moon and with the support of a sold out crowd, the green and gold team was able to pull out their first win of the season defeating Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas 3-1.
Coach Caleb Porter started for consecutive matches defenders, Alvas Powell, Nat Borchers, Liam Ridgewell, and Jorge Villafana. At midfield was George Fochive, Diego Chara, Rodney Wallace, Darlington Nagbe and at forward Fanendo Adi and Maximiliano Urruti.
The attacking presence of the Timbers was bolstered with two forwards, instead of the usual one, leading to a trio of spectacular goals. First, Borchers headed in a corner kick from Villafana, but FC Dallas’ Tesho Akindele tied the first half of the game quickly.
In the second half Nagbe bullishly attacked the FC Dallas back line, before dropping it wide to substitute Dairon Asprilla who crossed the ball, leading to a spectacular near post flick from Urruti. In the 87th minute Adi won the ball in the midfield and hit Chara on a counter attack in which he finished with composure nestling it inside the back post.
The Timbers will look to build off their first win of the season next Sunday as they take on expansion side Orlando City F.C. in Portland at 2 p.m.