PORTLAND, Ore. – Forward Brian Fernandez broke an MLS record with a goal and the Portland Timbers defeated FC Dallas 1-0 in front of a sellout crowd at Providence Park Sunday night.
Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark made two saves and the Timbers picked up their third shutout of 2019.
36' - CHANCE (POR) - Diego Valeri spied Sebastián Blanco on the edge of the 18-yard box. He passed him the ball, Blanco cut inside and curled a left-footed shot just wide of the left post.
38' - CHANCE (POR) - As Portland kept the pressure in the attacking third, Cristhian Paredes pounced on a loose ball, but his angled shot went just wide of the right post.
42' - GOAL (POR) - On a lightning fast counterattack, Diego Chara sprayed a ball out wide to Blanco who came down the right channel. Blanco threaded a pass to the middle that Chara – who had continued his run forward – gently flicked and dummied to a wide-open Fernandez on his left. Fernandez then one-timed his shot into the back of the Dallas net for a 1-0 Portland lead. Fernandez' goal broke the MLS record for consecutive matches with a goal to begin an MLS career.
51' - CHANCE (POR) - On a Timbers free kick from about 20 yards in front of the Dallas goal, Valeri curled a well-hit shot up and over the wall forcing a diving save by FCD goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez.
52' - CHANCE (POR) - Blanco lofted a ball into the middle for Jeremy Ebobisse who knocked his shot just inches outside the right post.
83' - CHANCE (POR) - Fernandez surprised everyone with a deft shot from the edge of the area that threaded through the Dallas defense and narrowly missed the far post.
88' - CHANCE (POR) - Zarek Valentin pinged a ball forward to Valeri, who left it for Blanco. Blanco went forward and then passed back to Valeri on his left. Valeri cut inside and curled a shot wide.
The Portland Timbers next play on July 7 when they travel to face New York City FC at Yankee Stadium. Kickoff is 3:30pm PT on FS1.
Portland Timbers (6-8-2, 20pts) vs. FC Dallas (7-7-5, 26pts)
June 30, 2019 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
FC Dallas 0 0 0
Portland Timbers 1 0 1
POR: Fernandez (Blanco), 42
DAL: Badji (caution), 32
DAL: Pomykal (caution), 50
POR: Moreira (caution), 88
POR: GK Clark, D Moreira, D Mabiala, D Cascante, D Villafaña (Valentin, 79), M Chara, M Paredes (Flores, 87), M Blanco, M Valeri ©, M Ebobisse (Loría, 68), F Fernandez
Substitutes Not Used: GK Attinella, D Dielna, M Zambrano, F Conechny
TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Valeri, 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Fernandez, 2); FOULS: 15 (Blanco, 3); OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 2
DAL: GK González, D Bressan, D Hedges, D Ziegler, D Hollingshead, M Servania (Pepi, 78), M Cerillo (Acosta, 56), M Barrios, M Pomykal, M Badji (Mosquera, 70), F Ferreira
Substitutes Not Used: GK Maurer, M Hayes, M Roberts, F Reynolds
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Four players tied, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Ferreira, Hollingshead, 1); FOULS: 7 (Barrios, 2); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 2
Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Eric Boria, Jeremy Hanson
4th Official: Elton Garcia
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic
Weather: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial