FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Mauro Diaz scored in the 84th minute to lead unbeaten FC Dallas to a 2-1 victory over Portland Timbers on Saturday night.
Dallas' 10 points leads Major League Soccer. Dallas (3-0-1) is off to its best start since 2006, where it also logged 10 points through the first four games.
"We've started well and we're happy," first-year Dallas coach Oscar Pareja said. "We know where we are and we don't want to think too much about what we have not done before. We're developing a culture of taking it one game at a time, without giving importance to what happened last season or what will happen. "
Portland (0-1-3), in its fourth MLS season, is off to its worst start in its young history.
The teams played the second half with 10 men apiece after Portland left back Michael Harrington and Dallas right winger Je-Vaughn Watson were ejected for an off-the-ball fight with about five minutes left in the first half. The decision ended Harrington's streak of 1,749 consecutive minutes played for Portland.
Head referee Storin Stoica told a pool reporter that the pair was ejected after Watson struck Harrington and the defender retaliated.
"It was basically just a little shoving match," Harrington said. "Me and Watson were running out (during a goal kick). He kind of took a little push at me — I'm not sure why — and I kind of just pushed him back. It wasn't anything too serious."