TUCSON - On a rainy Thursday afternoon in Arizona, FC Dallas got another 60 minutes of action in the books against the Portland Timbers Reserves, dropping a 1-0 result.
Dallas returned to their normal 4-2-3-1 look and Jesse Gonzalez returned to goal after missing yesterday’s friendly against New England. Carlos Gruezo also got back into action after leaving the Revolution game after just 25 minutes of action.
Gonzalez was tested early, pushing a shot off the crossbar in the 3rd minute of play.
Ema Twumasi caused the Timbers a handful on the right side of the field in the opening half hour, while Roland Lamah and Amer Sasivarevic created a few overlapping looks on the other side of the field as well, but FCD couldn’t get many meaningful shots on target.
Ferreira helped create Dallas’ best look of the game shortly after coming on, holding up a ball at the top of the box before finding Sasivarevic on the overlap down the left. The third-round pick took the ball towards the end line, beating out a defender before sending a cross in that the Timbers’ keeper punched away from danger as Cristian Colman looked to connect on a header in front.
The Timbers scored the lone goal of the abbreviated match in the 45th minute on a cross from the left wing headed home in the box between Jordan Cano and Maynor Figueroa. Other than the one lapse, it was a nice showing from the center back tandem under lots of pressure from Portland the whole game.
The starters from the Revolution game trained on an adjacent field during the hour-long match and Dallas will have a training day for the whole squad on Friday before their final preseason match against Portland on Saturday at 1PM CT. That game can be seen in entirety right here on FCDallas.com