FC Dallas Salvage Point in 1-1 Draw

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FC Dallas returned from a three week break and drew 1-1 against Minnesota United. The game was held at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

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Unfortunately for those in attendance, the game featured one of Dallas' poorest performances in recent memory. The players looked sluggish, they were unable to pass the ball forward or dribble through Minnesota, and were often easily pushed off the ball. Despite the disappointing result and performance, there were some bright spots for Dallas.

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The Good-

Jimmy Maurer returned looking fully fit after his shoulder injury in late April against the San Jose Earthquakes. He kept Dallas in the game with seven saves. (https://www.fcdallas.com/post/2021/06/19/fc-dallas-draws-1-1-minnesota-united-fc)

Unfortunately Minnesota's Franco Fragapane was able to slot a rebound past Maurer.

Three Dallas defenders were near the ball after Maurer's inital save but none of them hurried to clear it out of the box, allowing for an easy goal.

Despite falling behind, Maurer continued his "man of the match" performance. His play kept Dallas in the game, giving his teammates some hope of earning at least a point against Minnesota.

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Dallas' new supporter's section, the Rhine, kept active throughout the entire 90 minutes. El Matador and the Dallas Beer Guardians continued to jump and chant even when the game looked like it would be a loss. They showed more passion for the club than the players on the field, their enegry kept the crowds engaged in an otherwise discouraging game.

Ricardo Pepi scored Dallas' lone goal. Pepi was quiet until the 67th minute, when he leveled the game. Ryan Hollingshead and Pepi were the last two to touch the ball but the overall play involved five Dallas players. Nkosi Tafari played a quick pass to Hollingshead. Hollingshead dribbled through the Minnesota defense and passed the ball to Facundo Quignon. Quignon found an open Pepi, who quickly passed the ball back to Hollingshead. Hollingshead then played it to Ferreira who passed it back to Hollingshead as he dribbled into open space. Finally Hollingshead played the ball into the box, where Pepi chased it until he slotted it past Minnesota's goalkeeper Tyler Miller.

The Lineup-

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The lineup was about what everyone expected. Pomykal earned his first start of the season, Quignon made his debut, and Pepi replaced Franco Jara. Johnny Nelson over Eddie Munjoma was unexpected. The biggest surprise was the debut of Tafari. Depsite signing for Dallas in 2020, he hadn't seen any minutes in Major League Soccer.

The Return of the Leopard-

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Jesus Ferreira stepped onto the pitch for the first team in 2021. He played a key part in Pepi's goal, holding the ball for Hollingshead until he found open space to recieve the ball. Hopefully Ferreira and Pomykal are the answer to Dallas' scoring problem.

FC Dallas will face L.A FC in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, June 23rd at 9:00pm. They will then return to Frisco to play the New England Revolution on Sunday June 27th at 8:00pm.

By Melanie G. Isbell

Twitter: M_Isbell95