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FC Dallas ends Portland Timbers’ unbeaten streak with 3-2 win

FC Dallas ends Portland Timbers’ unbeaten streak with 3-2 win

FC Dallas ends Portland Timbers’ unbeaten streak with 3-2 win

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Petar Musa and defender Nkosi Tafari scored in the second half and FC Dallas converted a late own goal by Portland midfielder Cristhian Paredes into a 3-2 victory, snapping the Timbers’ seven-game unbeaten streak in a Fourth of July thriller Thursday night.

Antony Alves Santos received a pass from Evander da Silva Ferreira and scored in the eighth minute with a right-footed shot from the right side of the box to give Portland (8-8-6) a 1-0 lead that held until halftime. It was Antony’s fourth goal of the season and Evander’s 12th assist.

Musa scored four minutes into the second half to tie the score for Dallas (6-10-5). Tsiki Ntsabeleng and Sebastian Lletget provided assists on Musa’s 10th goal of his rookie season.

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Tafari gave Dallas a 2-1 lead in the 61st minute, capitalizing on Lletget’s fifth assist of the season to score his second goal.

Evander responded with the equalizer two minutes later for the Timbers off an assist from Antony. It was Evander’s 10th goal this season and Antony’s third assist.

Paredes’ own goal came in the 87th minute.

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Maarten Paes stopped three shots, all in the first half, for Dallas. James Pantemis stopped two shots, both in the second half for the Timbers.

Portland had won three straight entering the game, going 5-0-2 during its unbeaten streak.

Dallas takes an 11-9-9 lead in the all-time series and improves to 10-1-5 at home against the Timbers. The club snaps a two-game losing streak after winning its first two games under interim coach Peter Luccin.

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Evander scored a goal and an assist in the same game for the eighth time this season. He became just the third Timbers player to reach double figures in goals and assists in a single season. Diego Valeri did it four times and Sebastian Blanco accomplished the feat in 2018.

The Timbers have scored multiple goals in six of their last seven games.

Portland returns home to play Nashville SC on Sunday. Dallas travels to face Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

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