FC Dallas 1, Portland Timbers 1 | 2018 MLS Match Recap
Sebastian Blanco struck just moments into the second half on a gorgeous curler from beyond the penalty area, and the Portland Timbers held on for a 1-1 draw at FC Dallas despite finishing the final 15 minutes with 10 men.
Blanco's left-footed strike beyond the dive of Jimmy Maurer marked his second goal in three games for the Timbers, who earned their first point of the season in the third fixture of a five-game road trip to open 2018.
He remains the only player to hit the net this season for Portland, while Diego Valeri remains silent so far in defense of his 2017 MLS MVP award.
Dallas remain undefeated three matches into their new season, but will probably consider Saturday's match two points lost after outshooting Portland 13-11 and holding 61 percent of possession.
- THE BIG PICTURE: Portland may be off to the slower start, but they'll feel the much better of the two clubs after earning an away point in a steamy match that required a hydration break. For his part, Portland head coach Giovanni Savarese was pleased with the team's effort:
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Blanco has already scored some beautiful goals in his brief MLS career, but Saturday's was among his best. After carving out space, his curler to the back post left Maurer little chance.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: It wasn't a dominant performance, but Blanco provided the moment of brilliance Portland needed to get off the schneid and give Savarese a little breathing room.