By Clay Massey
Two late red cards for FC Dallas, and a goal deep into second-half stoppage provided rich drama that had Providence Park rocking and FC Dallas fans screaming at their TV’s at the draw result. Portland clawed and scratched in a game that they held 61.5% possession. Dallas came out in their standard 4-4-2 and Portland was in a 4-2-3-1 with Fernando Adi up-top alone.
FC Dallas held a 2-0 lead going into the second half. Fabian Castillo opened the scoring with a chested ball that he slotted past Donovan Ricketts with his right foot in the 27’ minute. Blas Perez followed him with a hard right foot shot in the 39’ minute after Tesho Akindele made a run down the right side and left it for Perez at the top of the box.
Portland had a goal coming in this one. They hurled 30 shots towards goal which is 5th most all-time in any MLS match. The real drama started in the 77’ minute when Je-Vaughn Watson was whistled for a foul in the box on Fernando Adi. The resulting penalty was slotted home by Will Johnson to make it 2-1. In the 87’ minute Moises Hernandez was whistled for a stomping challenge on Danny O’Rourke, it resulted in a red card and a 10 man FC Dallas. The drama didn’t stop there. Two minutes into stoppage time Blas Perez was red-carded for a questionable stomp on Pa Modou Kah leaving FC Dallas to defend with 9 men for two more minutes. Kah made the most of the situation and went on to score the equalizer two minutes later with the last gasp of the match. Fabian Castillo was red-carded afterwards for an altercation with an official and will be hearing from the disciplinary committee.
“We are disappointed. We [had] the three points and coming out with a point doesn’t make us happy. At the same time we have to have pride in the players, they gave it all today and had great opportunities going forward. People enjoy how our team played tonight and that’s important. We [will focus] on that. We take the point because we have to, but everybody saw that it was not fair.” Said Oscar Pareja on the result.
FC Dallas are back in action on June 17 in a fourth-round US Open Cup meeting with the San Antonio Scorpions at Toyota Stadium. Portland also play host in Open Cup action on June 17 vs. the Orlando City U-23s.