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The Nico Estevez era for FC Dallas kicked off yesterday with a hard fought 1-1 draw. New signing Paul Arriola played a low cross into the box and into the path of a sprinting Jader Obrian to open the game 1-0 at the 9th minute. Jesus Ferreira nearly doubled the lead in the 30th minute but the goal was pulled back due to offside. Toronto FC tied up the game in the waning moments of the first half with a goal by Jonathan Osorio, who capitalized on a pass by Jesus Jimenez.
It's disappointing to earn a draw at home but the team is already looking different from last year. Estevez still pushed for the win even in the final minutes by subbing in three attacking players. Superdraft pick Tsiki Ntsabeleng made his debut in the 73rd minute, replacing Brandon Servania. Nanu also made his debut, coming in for Paul Arriola. Finally Kalil ElMedkhar replaced Ema Twumasi in 88th minute.
The offense still needs time to gel. There were several missed and/or bad passes made that affected the flow of the attack for Dallas. As the season goes on, they should start to look more connected, they have the individual talent in Ferreira, Arriola, and Obrian, it's just a matter of those three becoming more familiar with each other.
FC Dallas will travel to Gillette Stadium for their next game on March 5th against the New England Revolution.