Defenders turn goalscorers to lead FC Dallas past Timbers

Defenders turn goalscorers to lead FC Dallas past Timbers


Defenders turn goalscorers to lead FC Dallas past Timbers


Photo by Sean Porkorny/USA TODAY Sports

Photo by Sean Porkorny/USA TODAY Sports

After being shutout in each of their last three matches, FC Dallas was in need of an attacking spark. They got it on Wednesday with a pair of quick goals from an unlikely duo.

Defenders Walker Zimmerman and Ryan Hollingshead provided goals just two minutes apart to lead FC Dallas to a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at Toyota Stadium. The win was FC Dallas’ first since April 17, while the Timbers have now dropped their second straight game to a 2-1 scoreline.

After seeing Diego Valeri hand the visitors the lead just three minutes into Wednesday’s clash, FC Dallas emerged from halftime a more dangerous side. The climb back into the game began in the 55th minute on a finish from Hollingshead, who pounced on his own rebound in the box to fire home the equalizer.

Just two minutes later, Zimmerman gave FC Dallas the lead for good. On a corner kick from Mauro Diaz, Zimmerman found himself ready to provide a wide-open header that propelled FC Dallas into the lead.

FC Dallas could have had more if not for the play of Jake Gleeson, who bounced back from a nasty collision with Maxi Urutti to provide four saves on the evening. The Timbers were also fortunate to see an 88th minute shot from Carlos Gruezo skim the crossbar, although the visitors could not muster a goal of their own in the waning moments

Following the win, FC Dallas returns to action on Saturday when Toyota Stadium hosts the Seattle Sounders, while the Timbers host New York City FC one day later.


Playing at fullback, Ryan Hollingshead dominated the right-hand side both defensively and on the attacking end. The defender’s goal served as icing on the cake for a player that has proven dependent in a variety of ways for FC Dallas.


With his side down a goal and mired in a  three-game scoreless streak, Hollingshead’s finish proved the beginning of FC Dallas’ turnaround on Wednesday, and could potentially be a turning point as the club looks to break out of their attacking funk.


Darren Mattocks provided plenty of flash, but little substance on Wednesday. The Timbers speedster’s decision-making was questionable, ending several Timbers opportunities before being removed in the 59th minute.

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