Mattocks scores first goal for new club in defeat
PORTLAND, Oregon, (CMC):
Jamaica international Darren Mattocks scored his first goal for his new club Portland Timbers but it proved in vain as the hosts crashed to a 3-1 defeat to FC Dallas at Providence Park.
The 25-year-old, who joined Portland last month after four years with the Vancouver Whitecaps, came off the bench in the 65th minute in the Wednesday night contest to pull one back for his side two minutes later, and rescue some pride after they had conceded three first-half goals.
Portland now lie one from bottom in the western conference with five points from six games.
FC Dallas, featuring St Kitts and Nevis international Atiba Harris, started quickly and were ahead as early as the fourth minute when Michael Barrios finished from close range.
Colombian Fabian Castillo doubled the lead in the 26th minute before Tesho Akindele capitalised on a poor clearance inside the box, to force a shot past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey.
In need of a lift, Portland turned to the pacey Mattocks and he rewarded them with a well taken goal in the 67th minute.
Defender Chris Klute got down the left and sent a searching ball into the box which Walker Zimmerman failed to clear. The ball fell to Mattocks who curled his shot into the upper right hand corner, from about ten yards out.
Despite the strike, Portland could not find a way back and FC Dallas held onto the scoreline.