FC Dallas clinches 2018 playoff spot with draw
- Jesse Gonzalez earns his fifth shutout of the season
- Western Conference Playoff Pass goes on sale Monday, Oct. 1 at 10 AM
- FC Dallas returns home to face Orlando City SC on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7PM
PORTLAND - FC Dallas fights for 90+ minutes to keep a shutout against Portland Timbers Saturday night at Providence Park, earning them a spot in the 2018 Audi Playoffs.
- 10’ – Carlos Gruezo nearly puts Dallas on top early, but misses just to the right of net from Dallas’ first corner kick of the night.
- 43’ – Portland scrambles to put the ball into the net with a collision inside the box, Santiago Mosquera was able to pick up the counter, passes to Urruti who finds Gruezo outside the box to take the shot. However, Gruezo’s shot hits the post on the bottom right to keep the score 0-0.
- 63’ – Diego Chara plays ball between Matt Hedges and Reto Ziegler to find Diego Valeri. Valeri dribbles into the box and fires his shot right into Gonzalez’s hands.
- 73’ – Cristian Colmán’s shot hits Jeff Attinella in the chest after gaining possession from a bad pass into the box from Larrys Mabiala.
- 88’ – Roland Lamah shoots at a difficult angle but is unable to make it into the net as he just misses to the right.
FC Dallas — Jesse Gonzalez; Marquinhos Pedroso, Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Reggie Cannon; Victor Ulloa, Carlos Gruezo; Santiago Mosquera, Maxi Urruti (Ryan Hollingshead – 90’), Michael Barrios (Maynor Figueroa – 86’); Cristian Colmán (Roland Lamah – 78’).
Substitutes not used— Jimmy Maurer, Abel Aguilar, Pablo Aránguiz, Dominique Badji.
Portland Timbers — Jeff Attinella (Steve Clark – 88’); Jorge Villafaña, Liam Ridgewell, Larrys Mabiala, Alvas Powell (Zarek Valentin – 62’); Lawrence Olum; Diego Chara, Andy Polo; Diego Valeri; Samuel Armenteros (Lucas Melano – 74’), Jeremy Ebobisse.
Substitutes not used— Julio Cascante, Andrés Flores, David Guzmán, Dairon Asprilla.
FCD: Carlos Gruezo (caution) – 72’
FCD: Matt Hedges (caution) – 75’
FCD:Jesse Gonzalez (caution) – 82’
POR:Liam Ridgewell (ejection) – 90+4’
POR:Diego Chara (caution) – 90+7’
Weather: Cloudy, 61
Assistant Referee: Nick Uranga, Apolinar Mariscal
4th Official: Joseph Dickerson