Portland, OR (Sports Network) - The Portland Timbers extended their unbeaten
run in league play to 13 games following a 1-0 defeat of FC Dallas at Jeld-Wen
Field on Saturday.
Darlington Nagbe produced the lone goal of the affair, scoring in the 52nd
minute to lift Portland (6-1-8) to 26points, two points back of first-place
Portland nearly broke the deadlock in the 15th minute when Diego Valeri got on
the end of a cross from the left flank, but the Argentine's header into the
ground bounced up and grazed the crossbar on its way out of play.
The Timbers came even closer to getting off the mark six minutes before the
break but failed to take advantage of a scramble in the box as Raul Fernandez
parried a shot away on the goal line.
The home side eventually got on the board thanks to a brilliant effort from
Nagbe, who collected a pass from Kalif Alhassan early in the second half,
turned his defender and curled a superb shot into the far upper corner.
Portland held on to Nagbe's strike to take all three points, claiming a fifth
consecutive clean sheet at home.