Timbers' surge nets 3 goals, Open Cup semis spot
PORTLAND TIMBERS 3, FC DALLAS 2
Tuesday night doubleheader at FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, Texas
Portland scored all its goals in an 11-minute span of the second half and advanced to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Timbers will play their semis match at 6:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah. RSL won its quarterfinals game Wednesday 3-0 at home over the Carolina RailHawks of the NASL.
In the other quarterfinals, D.C. United defeated the New England Revolution 3-1, and the Chicago Fire beat Orlando City (USL PRO) 5-1. Chicago will play at D.C. United in the other Aug. 7 semifinal.
Dallas led 1-0 at the half after scoring in the 15th minute, but Darlington Nagbe scored in the 61st minute to give Portland a tie. Two minutes later, Nagbe set up a goal by Diego Valeri. In the 72nd minute, Frederic Piquionne made the score 3-1.
Dallas got a goal in the 86th minute but couldn't avoid its first home loss of 2013.
It was the Timbers' sixth match in the past 18 days.
Portland hasn't lost in its last 18 outings.
Piquionne leads the tournament in goals with five.
Portland goalie Donovan Ricketts match his season high of seven saves.
The road win was the Timbers' first in U.S. Open Cup play as an MLS team.
Caleb Porter, Timbers coach: "We were a little bit reactive in that first half and flat. Whether it was the heat or us being on our sixth game in 18 days I dont know what it was. Certainly we werent at our best in that first half and yet we knew we were capable of coming back as long as we had a mentality change. We changed our urgency and our spirit. Weve come back before, so we knew we could do it.
"It was a total team effort. I cant be any more proud of the guys. They continued to show me they have big hearts and brass balls, because they know how to get it done when the game is on the line. Thats the mark of a good team. When your backs are against the wall, you dig deep and you find a way. This team just continues to find ways to win games. Were excited; were two games from winning a Cup.
Darlington Nagbe, Timbers forward, on the team's unbeaten streak: It just shows the team is working hard as a group. Were defending well. Were attacking well. Were a balanced team, doing the best that we can.
Nagbe, on FC Dallas: Theyve been one of the better teams this season, so were always up for them. Maybe thats why we play so well against them."
Nagbe, on the conditions: "The heat was awful. We knew the team that had the ball was going to make it a game. In the first half, they had the ball, but in the second half, we had the ball. It feels good beating a good team on their field. It just shows the character on this team and how determined our guys are.
NEXT FOR TIMBERS
8 p.m. Wednesday friendly vs. Monarcas Morelia of Mexico at Jeld-Wen Field