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Timbers down FCD but miss out on postseason

Oct 26, 2014 - 4:26 AM Frisco, TX ( - The Portland Timbers claimed a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Saturday but ultimately lost out on a playoff berth after Vancouver Whitecaps FC earned a narrow win later in the night.

Portland's victory put the club on 49 points to temporarily climb ahead of the 'Caps, but Vancouver's 1-0 defeat of the Colorado Rapids restored their one- point lead in the table for good.

The Timbers broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute of Saturday's contest at Toyota Stadium when Darlington Nagbe took a pass from Diego Chara and unleashed a shot from the top of the box that received a massive deflection on its way past Chris Seitz.

FC Dallas thought it had leveled the score in the 63rd minute when Michel's free kick ricocheted into the back of the net, but the goal was disallowed as Fabian Castillo clearly directed the ball into the goal with his hand.

Portland eventually doubled the lead as Gaston Fernandez slipped a pass through the Dallas defense for Maxi Urruti to smash home with eight minutes remaining.

It proved to be the dagger Portland would need to kill off the match, but Vancouver's win dashed the club's hopes of a second consecutive playoff appearance.

Dallas, meanwhile, squandered its chance to avoid the Western Conference play- in game, instead settling for fourth place in the table by remaining on 54 points.