The Portland Timbers have continued their 2013 turnaround with another victory at home. The win against FC Dallas extends Portland's unbeaten run to 13 league games. The Timbers also continued their home shutout streak which is now over 480 minutes. The three points puts Portland two points behind league leaders FC Dallas and the top spot in the West.
Portland had the run of play for most of the game but Raul Fernandez came up with some big saves to keep the Timbers off of the scoresheet. With Fernandez saving every shot, Portland was going to need a perfect strike to find the back of the net and Darlington Nagbe delivered. In the 52' Kalif Alhassan found Darlington Nagbe in the penalty area with his back to goal. Nagbe's first touch was back toward the top of the box and with a quick turn he was able to find the half yard of space he needed to hit his shot. Nagbe got off a curler from a tough angle that was placed perfectly inside the far post.
Portland had other chances to salt the game away but Diego Chara forget his shooting boots and twice on a break away was unable to find the back of the net. Defensively Portland did just enough to keep FC Dallas from finding the equalizer, despite losing another CB, Futty Danso, to an injury.