FRISCO, Texas (AP) – Defenders Zach Loyd and George John scored off corner kicks 5 minutes apart in the first half to help FC Dallas rout the expansion Portland Timbers 4-0 on Saturday night.
Brek Shea and Jackson Goncalves also scored for Dallas, and captain Daniel Hernandez had two assists, setting up both first-half goals with almost identical corner kicks.
Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman made two saves for his MLS-leading eighth shutout of the season.
FC Dallas, 9-4-4 overall and 8-1-3 in its last 12 games, moved into sole possession of second place in the Western Conference. The Timbers, making their first trip to North Texas, dropped to 5-7-3. They are 0-4-1 in their last five and 0-5-2 on the road. Portland has been outscored 15-3 away from home.
With Dallas ahead 2-0, Shea connected in the 58th minute for his team-leading seventh goal of the season, which tied him for third in the league. Eric Alexander's point-blank shot from 5 yards out slid past goalkeeper Troy Perkins, ricocheted off the left goalpost and out to the charging Shea, who drilled it home.
Goncalves' second goal of the season put the exclamation point on the victory in the 86th minute, as he boomed a 22-yard blast that Perkins got a hand on, but the ball bounced down and over the goal line.
Loyd's first career MLS goal opened the scoring in the 34th minute, coming in the 23-year-old's 40th career game and 33rd start. Hernandez chipped the corner from the left side over the goalie box just past the far goalpost, where Loyd headed it down past Perkins.
John's goal, his second of the year and third of his 57-game MLS career (56 starts) came off a corner from the left side again. This time, Hernandez lofted the ball into the middle, where John leapt up for an 8-yard header that found the back of the net.