Tissuegate: Caleb Porter vs. Oscar Pareja

Like most games at Providence Park, Saturday night's Portland-FC Dallas match was played at a high pace. It was an intense match. It was as Portland coach Caleb Porter said afterward ugly, but it was not overly dirty: 30 fouls and three yellow cards.

But folks will be talking about the ending to the Timbers' 3-1 win over FC Dallas -- their first victory of the season and FCD's first loss of the season -- for a long time as tensions boiled over on the sidelines.

Let's just call it Tissuegate.



Porter headed over to shake the hands of Oscar Pareja, the Dallas head coach reached out to hand Porter a piece of paper. Porter pointed to the scoreboard to show Pareja who won the game, picked up the paper, tossed it in the air and walked away.

What happened?

"I walked over to shake his hand and he had a tissue that he put over his nose and tried to hand me a tissue," Porter said in the postgame press conference. "So I thought it was very poor sportsmanship out of him [Pareja]. I never said one word to him the whole game and he obviously wasn't happy with the loss. But I've never had a coach come up and disrespect me like that. So that's what happened."

Pareja did not address the tissue issue.

“I thought we played very well," he said. "Sometimes the best team is not the one that wins the points. That’s the game that we [were in tonight]. That’s what makes it very exciting.”
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4 comments about "Tissuegate: Caleb Porter vs. Oscar Pareja".
  1. Scott Johnson, April 5, 2015 at 4:24 p.m.

    Something about Porter seems to get under the skin of opposing coaches. Bruce Arena and Porter have been feuding like forever... and we all remember last years' MLS All-Star game in Portland, where Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola refused to shake his hand.

  2. Mike Jacome, April 6, 2015 at 8:43 a.m.

    I think Pareja's action was inexcusable, just shake his hand and you can later complain about whatever.

  3. Vince Leone, April 6, 2015 at 12:55 p.m.

    Porter is definitely a whiner, but Oscar Pendejo is worse--an arrogant whiner. Arena is an occasional whiner, so I don't sympathize with him either.

  4. Bruno Sands, April 6, 2015 at 3:42 p.m.

    Vicente, you are a whiner!

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