Timbers rally for 2-2 draw with FC Dallas

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 12, 2014 at 12:50 am •  Published: June 12, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Pa Modou Kah scored in stoppage time and the Portland Timbers rallied for a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas on Wednesday night in the last scheduled game before Major League Soccer takes a break for the World Cup.

Fabian Castillo and Blaz Perez scored for injury-depleted FC Dallas in the first half, but Portland's Will Johnson narrowed it on a penalty kick in the 79th minute in the chippy match that saw two Dallas players sent off with red cards and an assistant coach ejected.

"We knew that the pressure was coming," Dallas coach Oscar Pareja said.

Both teams were playing on a short turnaround. Injury-depleted Dallas FC (6-7-4) was coming off a 3-2 victory over Colorado on Saturday.

The Timbers (4-4-8) are winless at home in their last four matches. Portland beat Real Salt Lake 3-1 Saturday, the team's first victory at Rio Tinto since joining MLS in 2011.

Portland coach Caleb Porter was frustrated that his team keeps conceding goals at home.

"No one wants to step up," he said. "No one wants to take the bull by the horns and lead this team on the back line."

Defender Kah returned to the starting lineup after sitting out the RSL match with sore Achilles tendons. Defender Jack Jewsbury was a reserve after starting 12 matches this season.

Dallas has been hit hard by injuries. It was without defenders Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman. Midfielders Michel, Mauro Diaz and Hendry Thomas did not play, either.

Rauwshan McKenzie thought he had a goal for the Timbers in the 10th minute, but Johnson was offside.

Castillo put FC Dallas in front with a header toward the box that he chased down himself and buried in the left corner past Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. It was his fifth goal of the season.

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