Oct 26, 2014 at 1.30am UK at ​Pizza Hut Park
Dallas
0-2
PortlandPortland Timbers

Castillo (64'), Texeira (68')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Nagbe (43'), Urruti (82')
Fernández (61')

Result: Portland Timbers miss out on playoffs despite Dallas win

Maximiliano Urruti #37 of the Portland Timbers try for the ball during their game at Rio Tinto Stadium April 19, 2014
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The Portland Timbers beat Dallas 2-0 in their final regular-season match, but narrowly miss out on a place in the MLS playoffs to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Portland Timbers have missed out on a place in the MLS playoffs despite a 2-0 victory over Dallas.

The visitors went close in the early stages of the game when Diego Valeri fired at goal from the edge of the area, and Chris Seitz was forced into a good diving stop to palm the ball away.

Seitz made another important save minutes later as Darlington Nagbe raided forward and drilled a low effort towards the bottom corner, but the keeper tipped his strike past the post.

Dallas hit back and came within inches of taking the lead as Je-Vaughn Watson lifted a pinpoint cross into the box for David Texeira, who guided his header at goal, only for Donovan Ricketts to produce a fingertip save.

Portland went ahead just before the break when Nagbe surged forward again, and his shot took a deflection which took the ball past the hand of Seitz and into the net.

In the second half, Texeira should have done better with a strike from close range when Fabian Castillo teed him up inside the box, but he drilled his shot well over the bar.

The Timbers secured their win in the 82nd minute when Gaston Fernandez slipped a through ball for Maximiliano Urruti, and he powered an effort past Seitz into the top corner.

Portland's hopes rested on the Colorado Rapids defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps, or holding them to a draw, but Kendall Waston's 70th-minute winner fired the Whitecaps into the post-season.

Gaston Fernandez #10 of the Portland Timbers in action against the Houston Dynamo during the first half of their game at BBVA Compass Stadium on April 27, 2014
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