Timbers head to offseason with loss

Dallas wins shootout to end Portland season
Staff Report

PORTLAND - The magical season the Portland Timbers had constructed for themselves came to a dramatic end Sunday night in a penalty-kick shootout with FC Dallas.

Just one minute away from a 1-0 win in regular time, gave up a goal and then lost the shootout 8-7 in the first round of the MLS Playoffs at Providence Park.

Portland won the MLS Challenge Cup in summer and seeded third in the Western Conference playoff bracket. The Timbers outshot Dallas 22-12, and had eight shots on target, but could only get the one goal.

Portland went ahead in the 82nd minute when Jorge Villafana took a crisp pass from Diego Valeri in the left side of the box and fired into the upper portion of the net.

FC Dallas equalized in the third minute of extra time when Ricardo Pepi, who entered in the 85th minute pounced on a loose ball near midfield and raced to the goal. His initial shot hit the right post, but it rebounded directly to him for the score.

The late goal was the fourth time this season the Timbers had given up a goal to tie a match in extra time.