Match day info: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas

March, 17, 2012
3/17/12
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Portland Timbers at FC Dallas
FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, Texas
March 17, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: FS-SW Plus; ROOT-NW

Wear Red: the usual St. Patrick's Day green isn't welcome in FC Dallas Stadium this year. FC Dallas fans need to Go Red and wear FCD colors. The Portland Timbers are, obviously, wearing green.

- Gates open at 6 p.m. with the band Smile Smile playing during Lamar's Tailgate on the north concourse and performing the national anthem.
- FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo is the VIP who will scarf the Lamar Hunt statue before the match starts.
- Lamar's Tailgate starts 90 minutes before first kick (so 6 p.m.) and features BBQ, street tacos and other food.
- The Budweiser Beer Garden will have Bud promo girls, prizes, and food and drink specials extended during the game.

REFEREE: Jorge Gonzalez.
MLS Career: 73 games; FC/gm: 24.7; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 23; pens: 21
SAR (bench): Greg Barkey;
JAR (opposite): Matthew Kreitzer;
4th: Edvin Jurisevic

INJURY REPORT

FC DALLAS - OUT: MF David Ferreira (R ankle); FW Scott Sealy (R knee); QUESTIONABLE: MF Fabian Castillo (L knee)

PORTLAND TIMBERS -- OUT: DF Futty Danso (L foot fracture); DF David Horst (R hip surgery); FW Eddie Johnson (concussion); DF Steve Purdy (L hamstring strain); DOUBTFUL: MF Franck Songoío (R knee sprain); MF Sal Zizzo (L ACL surgery); PROBABLE: FW Jorge Perlaza (L Achilles tendinitis)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES:
FC Dallas: Brek Shea (US U23s)

SUSPENDED: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD

ALL-TIME (2 meetings):
FC Dallas 1 win, 6 goals …
Timbers 1 win, 3 goals …
Ties 0

AT DALLAS (1 meeting):
FC Dallas 1 win, 4 goals …
Timbers 0 wins, 0 goals …
Ties 0

RETURN MATCHES:
7/21: FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers, 8 p.m. CT;
8/5: Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas, 4 p.m. PT (NBC SN)

LAST YEAR (MLS):
4/17: POR 3, DAL 2 (Jewsbury 13; Cooper 35; Wallace 55, Ferreira 83; Shea 86)
6/25: DAL 4, POR 0 (Loyd 34, John 39, Shea 58, Jackson 85)

Coaches record:
Schellas Hyndman vs. POR: P2 W1 L1 D0 …
John Spencer vs. DAL: P2 W1 L1 D0

FC DALLAS NEWS

FC Dallas is missing Brek Shea, as he was called into the U.S. U-23 national team for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament. He will be gone through the end of March, give or take.

FC Dallas this week announced the signing of Colombian striker Luis Perea. After playing in the youth scheme with Atletico Nacional, in 2010, he appeared in 36 games for Peruís Leun de Hunuco, scoring 22 goals. He then went on loan to Chile’s Everton de Via del Mar, where he scored six goals in 13 games, before returning to Peru to play for Universidad San Martin de Porres until the club folded earlier this month.

PORTLAND TIMBERS NEWS

Last week's crowd of 20,438 was the largest home crowd in the Timbers’ MLS history.

The Timbers now face a test on the road at FC Dallas, where they lost 4-0 a year ago. Portland 2-9-6 away from Jeld-Wen Field, the 15th-best road record in MLS.

Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson was called up by the New Zealand U-23 national team for the Oceania Football Confederation Olympic qualifying tournament March 16-24, which will be played in New Zealand.

Portland signed two young Colombians this winter: Defender Hanyer Mosquera made the switch from La Equidad and Jose Adolfo Valencia signed on as a Young Designated Player. Unfortunately for Valencia he is sidelined for the season with a knee injury. Valencia and Mosquera join fellow countrymen Diego Chara and Jorge Perlaza. The center-midfielder Chara is another Designated Player for the Timbers.

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