It's finally match week as FC Dallas will travel to the Pacific Northwest to face Portland in leg one of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday evening. While FCD and Seattle had plenty of playoff history, Dallas and Portland will meet for the first time in the MLS Cup Playoffs. The two teams split their pair of matches this season:
Oscar Pareja's side suffered their first loss of the 2015 regular season in April at Providence Park in a 3-1 defeat to Portland playing without Mauro Diaz or Kellyn Acosta.
Defender Nat Borchers opened the scoring for Portland in the 23rd minute finishing a header from a corner kick to put the Timbers in front. However, Dallas wouldn't be behind for long.
It was another corner kick leading to a goal as Atiba Harris nodded on Michel's service into the path of Tesho Akindele who easily scored from close range to tie the match in the 29th minute.
Portland took back the lead in the 62nd minute as Maxi Urruti, who was perhaps offsides, finished a cross from right in front of Chris Seitz to restore the Timbers lead. FC Dallas pushed for the equalizer and a Zach Loyd header was saved off the crossbar and no more than a minute later, Diego Chara punished FCD on a counterattack to put the Timbers in front 3-1.
The match will be remembered for what happened after the final whistle, however, as head coaches Oscar Pareja and Caleb Porter traded words at midfield.
Revenge was swift for FC Dallas against Portland as Oscar Pareja's side avenged the April defeat with a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Toyota Stadium.
Michael Barrios got things off to a quick start with two goals in the first 22 minutes to give FC Dallas an early lead and they stepped on the gas even more from there.
Kellyn Acosta found the back of the net for his second career MLS goal with a ridiculous individual effort in the 69th minute minute to put FC Dallas 3-0 up and Mauro Diaz rounded out the scoring for FCD late with a penalty kick.
Portland is 1-3-2 all-time in MLS regular season games in Frisco while FC Dallas is 0-4-2 all-time at Providence Park in Portland.