FC Dallas Downs Expansion Minnesota United FC, 2-0
FC Dallas’ Jesse Gonzalez made five saves while Javier Morales and Michael Barrios opened their 2017 goal scoring accounts to lead the home side to a 2-0 victory tonight at Toyota Stadium.
FC Dallas nearly found the back of the net in the 15th minute when Michael Barrios accepted a pass in a crowd of Minnesota defenders. The diminutive goal scorer escaped the pack and got off a low shot towards the back post but goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth was equal to the task, parrying the attempt away. FC Dallas winger Roland Lamah had a chance to put home the rebound but the Ivory Coast native was unable to keep his shot on frame.
FC Dallas right back Hernan Grana served in a perfect cross for left back Atiba Harris in the 38th minute of the match. The MLS veteran rose above his marker to win the header at the back post but Harris was also unable to direct his shot on target.
Javier Morales, making his first MLS appearance for FC Dallas, put his new team up 1-0 just before halftime. From the left flank, Barrios curled a long cross to the opposite corner of the six-yard box. Walker Zimmerman was there to receive the cross. He used his knee to center a pass to Morales. The former Real Salt Lake midfielder got the slightest of touches on the pass from Zimmerman and lifted a shot up and over Shuttleworth to give FCD a one-goal advantage heading into the break.
Minnesota United put its first shot on target just after halftime. Kevin Molino laid a pass back into the path of Johan Venegas and the Costa Rican ripped a shot low towards the post with his first touch. FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez stayed sharp despite not seeing any action in the first 45 minutes. The Homegrown goalkeeper dove far to his left side to corral the shot and help FCD retain the lead.
Three minutes later Kellyn Acosta picked a Minnesota United FC defender’s pocket following a throw in on Dallas’ left flank. The U.S. international drove towards goal before dishing a pass to Barrios on the right side of the area. Barrios collected the pass in space and hammered home his first goal of the 2017 regular season to make it 2-0 in the 49thminute. "
Coach always talks to me personally and tells me to be calm and that goals will come with time, work and dedication that I put in every game. Then in each training, he tells me to be patient and to keep working on improving passes. And tonight, I managed to score, both personally and for the team," says FC Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios.
Sam Cronin tested Gonzalez in the 51st minute with a long-range blast that looked destined for the upper-90. Gonzalez dove high to his left side and made an outstanding save to deny Minnesota of a highlight-reel goal.
Venegas had a second look at Gonzalez from just inside the area in the 58th minute. Once again, Gonzalez was sharp. The 21-year old made a similar save, this time at full stretch to his left side, so keep his clean sheet intact.
Gonzalez made one more diving right-handed save, this time on Abu Danladi. The goalkeeper’s fifth save of the night completed FC Dallas’ second shutout of the season.