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Energized Timbers return to MLS action at FC Dallas

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Despite a short turnaround, the Portland Timbers will be energized Saturday night for a road matchup against FC Dallas.

The Timbers salvaged a 1-1 tie in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal matchup against Club America on Wednesday when Felipe Mora scored on a penalty kick at the death, nearly seven minutes into stoppage time.

The score in the 97th minute was the latest game-tying goal ever in the Timbers’ MLS era.

“It was high intensity (and) it got a little more competitive from both sides, but overall I think it was a great matchup and a great game,” Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said. “And for us to have been able to get that goal at the end, I think it was fair for what we put into the game.”

The Timbers will head to Mexico for the second leg of their Champions League matchup next week, but in the interim they will see what they can put into a matchup at Dallas, carrying a 1-1-0 record (3 points) in MLS play after a 2-1 victory at home over the Houston Dynamo last Saturday.

Mora did his part in that victory as well, getting the assist on Cristhian Paredes’ go-ahead goal in the 73rd minute. The Timbers closed it out from there, getting three saves from goalkeeper Jeff Attinella.

FC Dallas (0-1-1, 1 point) will enter their second home game of the season following a lopsided 3-1 defeat at San Jose last week.

After a scoreless draw against the Colorado Rapids in their season opener at home, Ricardo Pepi scored the first Dallas goal of the season in the 74th minute against San Jose, but the Ticos already faced a 3-0 deficit.

The single point in the standings is FC Dallas’ worst two-game start since 2011. The last time they had just one goal after two games also was in 2011.

“This is a group that responds and I know they want to show a response in front of our home fans against a team that we’ve got a rivalry with,” FC Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez said. “We’re excited and looking forward to doing so and executing on Saturday.”

FC Dallas knocked Portland out of the first round of the MLS Cup playoffs last season on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

–Field Level Media

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