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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Match day info: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas


FC Dallas takes on the Portland Timbers TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m.

During their first meeting in April, FC Dallas fell 3-2 in a road loss that they will be looking to avenge on Saturday at Pizza Hut Park.

MATCH DAY INFO:

- 6:00 p.m. Pizza Hut Park gates open with drink specials on the Budweiser Beer Garden like $2 beers, $4 'ritas, $4 wine and $5 beer bombers
- Pre-game performance by local artist Salim Nourallah
GetSwabbed on the North Concourse to see if your might be a bone marrow match (more information below)
- National Anthem performed by Jessi James - brought to you by Spune Productions
- 7:30 p.m. Kickoff
- Following the conclusion of the FCD vs. Timbers game, we will join the Gold Cup Final live in stadium

BONE MARROW DRIVE TONIGHT

MLS in nationwide search to find bone marrow match

On Saturday, June 25, DKMS, the world's largest bone marrow donor center, and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will hold donor drives at Major League Soccer games in seven cities across the U.S. for 7-year-old Jonah Gomez, who suffers from blood cancer and needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. A donor drive will take place tonight on the North Concourse at Pizza Hut Park.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" traveled to South Jordan, Utah on Thursday to surprise the Gomez family. Fun-loving, impish Jonah Gomez is like any loveable, mischievous little boy in the first grade with hopes and dreams of becoming a professional soccer player.

Match Info

FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers meet for the second time on the campaign when the clubs clash Saturday evening at Pizza Hut Park (7:30 p.m. CT, FSSW). FC Dallas rebounded from a big loss with a road victory last weekend, winning 2-1 at Chivas USA. The Timbers are coming off a wild match, the New York Red Bulls getting a late goal in a 3-3 draw in Oregon.

REFEREE: Elias Bazakos.
MLS Career: 12 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 3; pens: 0

SAR (bench): George Gansner;
JAR (opposite): Eric Boria;
4th: Alex Prus

INJURY REPORT:


FC DALLAS – OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira (R ankle)

PORTLAND TIMBERS – OUT: DF Mamadou Danso (L shoulder); FW Bright Dike (R Achilles rupture); DF David Horst (L hip flexor); FW Spencer Thompson (R knee); DOUBTFUL: MF James Marcelin (R knee MCL sprain); PROBABLE: MF Peter Lowry (L quadriceps strain)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: POR: Jeremy Hall, Rodney Wallace
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: George John, Andrew Jacobson, Brek Shea, Zach Loyd

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME:
Timbers 1 win, 3 goals …
FC Dallas 0 wins, 2 goals … Ties 0
- The teams are meeting for the second time this season. The Timbers got off to a big lead before holding on for a 3-2 win against FC Dallas on April 17 at Jeld-Wen Field.

Coaches record:
John Spencer vs. DAL: P1 W1 L0 D0 …
Schellas Hyndman v POR: P1 W0 L1 D0

LAST MEETING (MLS)

4/17: POR 3, DAL 2 (Jewsbury 13; Cooper 35; Wallace 55 – Ferreira 83; Shea 86)
"    The Timbers took the lead in the 13th minute. Kalif Alhassan laid the ball back for Jack Jewsbury at the edge of the box. The Timbers captain took a shot that ricocheted off the post and then off FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman before finding its way into the net.
"    Then, in the 34th minute, Kenny Cooper rose above the defenders and got a head on a Jewsbury corner kick, directing the ball masterfully over Hartman and inside the left post.
"    It was 3-0 to the home side just 10 minutes into the second half. Alhassan went on a mazy dribbling run through four defenders. He nearly lost the ball in the box, but defender Rodney Wallace picked it up and put it into the back of the net.
"    FC Dallas pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute. Brek Shea slid in a pass from the left flank and David Ferreira ran onto it, directing the ball past goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.
"    Less than three minutes later, Ferreira and Shea connected again. This time, it was Ferreira sending a chip over the Portland defense and into the path of a streaking Shea, who got onto the end of it to beat Gleeson.

FC DALLAS
FC Dallas rebounded from their heaviest defeat in two years in fine fashion, getting a late goal for a 2-1 win against Chivas USA on Saturday evening at The Home Depot Center. FCD has 28 points from 14 games on the season, in second place in the Western Conference.

- The trip to Chivas USA was the only one in a five-game stretch for FC Dallas. The club now returns home for back-to-back games against Portland and Columbus.
- Jackson Goncalves scored his first MLS goal, coming off the bench for the final 18 minutes. Jackson has been out of the starting lineup for the last two matches, after being replaced at halftime of the draw in Houston by Jair Benitez, who has started at right back since.
- When he came on, Jackson was inserted on the left side of midfield. Last season, his first at FCD, he played as a holding midfielder and a wide midfielder.
- Brek Shea scored his team-leading sixth goals, his third goal in the last five games. He’s started 10 consecutive games as a wide midfielder after opening the season in central defense.
- Andrew Jacobson recorded two assists, his first career two-assist game. He has four assists on the season (after recording none in his first two seasons in the league with D.C. United and Philadelphia).
- Maykel Galindo came on as a substitute for the final 11 minutes, his first league appearance since coming on as a substitute April 17 vs. Portland.

PORTLAND TIMBERS
The Portland Timbers ended their three-game losing streak but couldn’t hold for a victory, ending in a 3-3 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Sunday evening at Jeld-Wen Field. The Timbers have 18 points from 13 games, sitting in seventh place in the Western Conference.

- After winning their first five games at Jeld-Wen Field, the Timbers are now winless in three in a row, losing twice then tying New York.
- For a second consecutive week, the Timbers conceded the deciding goal in stoppage time, after Colorado grabbed a 1-0 win with a goal in the second minute of added time.
- Spencer is able to return to the touchline after he watched the New York game from the press box, suspended for one match by the MLS Disciplinary Committee. Assistant coach Trevor James handled the bench coaching responsibilities.
- Jewsbury scored his fourth goal of the season, matching his single-season career high, set in 2005 with Kansas City. His six assists are one shy of his career high set in 2008 with K.C.
- Jewsbury’s goal was the first for the Timbers in 230 minutes, their longest goalless drought in their inaugural MLS season, and came after back-to-back shutouts.
- Kevin Goldthwaite scored against his former club, his first goal in nearly three years. He last scored in MLS play on June 21, 2008, while with the Red Bulls.
- Goldthwaite made his first appearance since March 26, coming on as a halftime substitute for David Horst, who suffered a hip flexor injury. Horst was making his third consecutive appearance after missing eight matches.