PORTLAND, Ore. – A stoppage-time goal from newly-signed forward Franck Boli helped the Portland Timbers earn a road point against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night. Making his MLS debut as a second-half substitute in the 86th minute, Boli fired a right-footed shot into the lower left corner of the goal to level the score in tonight’s road match.
Dream Debut for Boli
Boli, who was signed by the Timbers on March 13, made his MLS debut tonight as a second-half substitute in the 86th minute. The forward scored his first career goal for the Timbers just five minutes after coming into the match, delivering instant impact to help the Timbers level the match tonight. Boli became the 11th player to score in their debut for Portland in its MLS era.
Dairon Asprilla made his season debut today after coming back from an injury. In his 159th appearance with the Timbers, Asprilla tallied his 13th assist for Portland in tonight’s match. Diego Chara tallied his 30th assist for the Timbers tonight, tying him with Darlington Nagbe for the third-most assists in club history. D. Chara is one of two players to play every minute of every match this season alongside Dario Zuparic. Eric Miller earned his first start for Portland, marking his 160th MLS regular-season appearance.
DAL – Facundo Quignon (Geovane Jesus), 74th minute: *Jesus Ferreira served a rebounded ball in from a sequence that started on a corner kick play. Off an attempt to clear the ball from the box, Ferreira placed the ball for FacundoQuignon in the middle of the 18-yard box to finish with a right-footed shot into the lower right corner of the goal.
POR – Franck Boli (Dairon Asprilla, Diego Chara), 90+1 minute: D. Chara sent a long ball from the middle of the field and into the right flank of the 18-yard box where Asprilla cut the ball back with a right-foot touch towards the top of the box. Boli beat a Dallas defender to the ball and fired a left-footed ball on his first touch into the lower left corner of the goal to find the back of the net.
- The Timbers earned a consecutive draw tonight after their 0-0 shutout draw against LA Galaxy on March 25.
- Portland will be back on the road next week to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC on April 8 at BC Place.
- Boli made his MLS debut as a second-half substitute in the 86th minute tonight.
- The forward scored his first career goal for Portland in the 90+1 minute, just five minutes after coming into the match.
- Boli became one of six players to score this season for the Timbers.
- Boli became the 11th player to score in their debut for Portland in its MLS era.
- Asprilla made his season debut today after coming back from an injury. It was Asprilla’s 159th appearance with the Timbers.
- Asprilla recorded his 13th assist for the Timbers.
- D. Chara recorded his 30th assist for Portland tonight.
- 30 assists ties D. Chara with Darlington Nagbe for the third most assists in club history.
- D. Chara is one of two players to have played every minute of every game this season so far alongside Dario Zuparic.
- Miller earned his first start with the Timbers tonight and second appearance since joining this season.
- It marked Miller’s 160th MLS regular-season appearance.
- Gutierrez earned his second MLS start.
- Ivacic made his second start of the season and 41st appearance for the Timbers.
- Ivacic recorded five saves in tonight match, a season high for the goalkeeper in 2023.
- D. Chara led the Timbers in interceptions made (3) and duels won (6, tied with Mosquera).
- Zac McGraw led the team in clearances (8).
- Claudio Bravo led Portland in touches (63), total passes (37) and accurate passes (26).
- Portland had six players listed as unavailable ahead of today’s game.
The Timbers will be on the road again to square off against Cascadia Cup rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC next Saturday, April 8 at BC Place. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) and will be streamed live on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app in English and Spanish as well as local radio broadcasts, 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).
Portland Timbers (1-3-2, 5pts) vs. FC Dallas (2-2-2, 8pts)
April 1, 2023 – Toyota Stadium (Dallas, Tex.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 0 1 1
FC Dallas 0 1 1
DAL: Quignon (Jesus), 74
POR: Boli (Asprilla, D. Chara), 90+1
DAL: Velasco (caution), 28
DAL: Cerrillo (caution), 44
DAL: Pomykal (caution), 81
DAL: Tafari (caution), 90+5
POR: GK Ivacic, D Bravo, D McGraw, D Zuparic, D Miller (Mabiala, 86), M Williamson, M D. Chara, M Moreno (Boli, 86), F Mosquera (Ikoba, 80), F Gutierrez (Asprilla, 61), F Fogaça (Niezgoda, 61)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Sulte, D Bonilla, D Rasmussen
TOTAL SHOTS: 6 (Moreno, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Boli, Mosquera, 1); FOULS: 15 (Fogaça, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 5
DAL: GK Paes, D Jesus (Junqua, 90), D Ibeagha, D Tafari, D Farfan, M Pomykal, M Cerrillo (Quignon, 65), M Lletget (Jimenez, 65), F Arriola ©, F Velasco (Martinez, 85), F Ferreira (Obrian, 90)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Maurer, D Norris, M Ntsabeleng, F Kamungo
TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Lletget, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Velasco, 2); FOULS: 13 (Velasco, 4); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 11; SAVES: 1
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistant Referees: Adam Garner, Kali Smith
Fourth Official: Rosendo Mendoza
VAR: Greg Dopka