FC Dallas earns fireworks as they down the Philadelphia Union 2-1

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Returning players help spark FC Dallas in the annual Fourth of the July match.

In front of the sixth-largest crowd ever at Toyota Stadium, FC Dallas downed the Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Friday night.

FC Dallas came out of the gate flying in this one with several shots on goal and loads of chances off corner kicks. But it wasn't unit the 26th minute that the club finally saw the ball go into the back of the net. Rookie Tesho Akindele scored a brilliant goal off a volley to give his side the lead. Akindele took the ball off a volley thanks to a chip into the penalty box over the Union defense from Blas Perez.

The Union would respond after the Dallas goal however as Amobi Okugo tied things up for the visitors just before halftime. Danny Cruz brought the ball down on the left flank where he would then fire it off to Cristian Maidana at the top of the box. Victor Ulloa nearly cut it off for FC Dallas but Okugo found the ball and fired off a hard but low shot past Chris Seitz to level things up.

The scale would tip back into FC Dallas' favor right after the halftime break in the 49th minute as Dallas would take the lead thanks to an own goal off Union center back Sheanon Williams. Akindele was at the heart of this play yet again for Dallas as he played a one-two ball with Perez in the penalty box. The return ball to Perez would be picked off by Union left back Fabinho but his clearance towards the touchline would hit off Williams and go into the back of the net.

FCD would hold on to the lead for the remainder of the match, which also saw Mauro Diaz and Hendry Thomas return to the field for the first time in several weeks. Both players were coming off long-term injuries that required surgery.

The Union would be reduced to 10-men to close out the game as Maurice Edu put in a hard tackle in the 89th minute on Perez. That extra bit of space was enough for FCD to close out the game.

FC Dallas will return to action next week as they travel east to North Carolina to battle the Carolina Railhawks in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

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