- Maxi Urruti scores twice in 45 minutes
- Michael Barrios assists on both FC Dallas goals
- Oscar Pareja splits starters and reserves in final tune-up of the preseason
TUCSON, Arizona – FC Dallas defeated the Portland Timbers, 2-1, today in the final match of its 2018 preseason at the Mobile Mini Sun Cup in Tucson, Arizona.
Maxi Urruti and Michael Barrios combined for both of FC Dallas’ goals in the first half. Carlos Gruezo picked up a second assist on Urruti’s eventual game-winning goal. Offseason signing Samuel Armenteros scored the only goal for Portland in the 71st minute. Next up for FC Dallas is Tauro FC this Wednesday, February 21 (7 PM) at Estadio Rommel Fernandez Gutierrez in Panama. The return leg of the CONCACAF Champions’ League Round of 16 match at Toyota Stadium is set for Wednesday, February 28 (7 PM).
FC Dallas began today’s preseason match on the attack. At just 19-years-old, Homegrown right back Reggie Cannon showed his quality early on with an overlapping run into the area. FC Dallas’ right winger, Barrios put him in on goal with a well-weighted pass. Nearing the end line, Cannon attempted to pick out Urruti in the center of the six yard box, but the forward was unable to keep his quick, first-touch shot on goal.
Urruti tested Portland goalkeeper Jeff Attinella with a long strike in the 14th minute. Roughly 25-yards from goal, the Argentine hit a line drive shot towards the near post that required a diving save, high to the left side of Attinella.
Urruti’s third attempt, in the 16th minute, gave FC Dallas a 1-0 lead. The forward’s trademark high pressure forced the hand of Portland defender Liam Ridgewell. Barrios recovered the ball, slipped a quick pass inside the area to Urruti and the forward fired a shot, up into the ceiling of the goal.
Portland pressed for an equalizer for the middle portion of the match, but the defense held and Urruti found the back of the net for a second time in the 39th minute. Barrios did the majority of the work, combining with Gruezo after holding the ball in FC Dallas’ attacking third. Receiving the return pass near the end line, Barrios found the run of Urruti to the near post and the forward chipped a short pass by Attinella to make it 2-0.
FC Dallas opted to rest its starting 11 after halftime in preparation of its looming CCL match in the Round of 16 vs. Tauro FC in Panama, four days from now.
Portland made it a 2-1 game in the 71st minute when Diego Valeri found second-half substitute Samuel Armenteros inside the right corner of the area. The forward did well to finish off his chance, beating FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez to the back post with his first touch.
One minute later, FC Dallas Homegrown player Kris Reaves slid in to deny potent goal-scorer, Fanendo Adi of an equalizer. The tackle nullified the best chance Portland would have to equalize and the squad hung on to win, 2-1.
DAL – Maxi Urruti (Michael Barrios) 16
DAL – Maxi Urruti (Michael Barrios, Carlos Gruezo) 39
POR – Samuel Armenteros (Diego Valeri) 71
FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez, Anton Nedyalkov, Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Reggie Cannon, Victor Ulloa, Carlos Gruezo, Santiago Mosquera, Mauro Diaz, Michael Barrios, Maxi Urruti.
FC Dallas 2nd Half – Jimmy Maurer (Jake Gleeson 62), Ryan Hollingshead (Amer Sasivarevic 69), Maynor Figueroa, Jordan Cano, Kris Reaves, Kellyn Acosta (Brandon Servania 77), Jacori Hayes, Roland Lamah (Francis Atuahene 79), Paxton Pomykal (Ema Twmasi), Tesho Akindele, Cristian Colman (Jesus Ferreira 79).
Portland Timbers – Jeff Attinella, Alvas Powell (Zarek Valentin 81), Larrys Mabiala (Bill Tuiloma 75), Liam Ridgewell (Julio Cascante 75), Marco Farfan, Lawrence Olum, David Guzmán, Dairon Asprilla (Samuel Armenteros 66), Diego Valeri (Jack Barmby 81), Sebastian Blanco (Andres Flores 75), Fanendo Adi (Jeremy Ebobisse 85).