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
"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.”