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Timbers respond again, score in Dallas

Nagbe's goal give Portland a 1-all tie and point on the road
March 17, 2012

Portland took another step toward its goal of reaching the MLS Playoffs by rallying for 1-all tie at FC Dallas Saturday.

Darlington Nagbe scored in the 51st minute after a bad pass by the Dallas defense to knot the score after the Timbers had given up a goal in the first half.

Nagbe's goal brought Portland back from a goal down for the second straight week. The Timbers trailed Philadelphia in their opener before scoring 3 goals in the second half for a 3-1 win.

The Timbers and Dallas both left the field at 1-0-1, 4 points.

Portland plays at New England, which lost 3-0 to Sporting KC earlier in the day, on Saturday.

Dallas carried the action to the Timbers until finally scoring in the 22nd minute, when a cross from Carlos Rodriguez found Bryan Levya on the right side of the Timbers box. Leyva, making the first appearance of his MLS career, put in a hard shot on Timbers 'keeper Troy Perkins that was brushed away only to find a wide-open Blas Perez waiting to put in the rebound for his first career score.

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Portland picked up its play directly after the goal and had a free kick by captain Jack Jewsbury in the 36th minute hit the post off a header from Lovel Palmer.

Kris Boyd had a hard, point black shot hit the post as well.

Dallas led the game stats in corner kicks with seven, while Portland managed just three, all in the final 20 minutes.

The game featured only one offsides call.


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