Frisco, TX (Sports Network) - Kenny Cooper's late second-half penalty kick
salvaged a point for FC Dallas in a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on
Wednesday at FC Dallas Stadium.
Both teams came in riding impressive seven-game unbeaten runs in league play
and both streaks were extended by one as Darlington Nagbe and Cooper exchanged
goals seven minutes apart.
Chances were few and far between for both clubs and it took until the 70th
minute for the deadlock to be broken by the Timbers.
Rodney Wallace keyed the Timbers goal as he fought off some pressure in the
Dallas box and lofted a left-footed cross across the area where Nagbe was
there to volley it past Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez for the 1-0
advantage. It was Nagbe's third goal of the season and 11th in his career with
But Dallas was given a lifeline seven minutes later after referee Juan Guzman
whistled Portland defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste for a foul in the box,
resulting in a penalty kick for the home side.
Cooper stepped up to take the kick and calmly buried it with pace past
Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to put the sides back on level terms.
Dallas sent numbers forward in search of a winner and had a corner kick deep
in stoppage time, but Jair Benitez's shot following the corner sailed over the
crossbar and the clubs settled for a point apiece.
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