FC Dallas returned to Canada for the third and final time this regular season in hopes to end their seven game winless rut but found a brick wall in the form of the Montreal Impact on Saturday night. The two sides have been struggling as of late and showed it once again on the field on their way to a scoreless draw at Saputo Stadium.
The draw would be the third one of the season in the Great White North. Earlier in the season, Dallas saw two draws in Vancouver and in Toronto.
The Impact dominated the possession and chances in this game, really limiting what Dallas could and couldn't do on the ball. Montreal outshot Dallas 15-6 on the evening and held the possession edge by a 61-39 margin.
Both teams traded chances in a scoreless first 45 minutes. None were better than those that came from the home side as the Impact had a couple of good chances early on. About 26 minutes in, midfielder Justin Mapp got free in the Dallas defensive area and took a big rip on goal that hit off the crossbar and back out into the field of play.
Dallas had their fair share of opportunities in the opening half as well. Eric Hassli made his fourth start of the season and in the 12 minute he nearly scored his first goal in a Hoops uniform when he did a nifty turn and shot just outside the penalty box. The shot forced Montreal keeper Troy Perkins to make a diving save to his left.
The next and really only good chance of the half for Dallas came in the 25th minute on a Michel free kick. The Brazilian floated the ball into the penalty box where George John got a head on the ball but unfortunately the ball sailed just wide.
Montreal also had chances late in the first half, mostly right before the halftime whistle with Davy Arnaud and Daniele Paponi forcing Raul Fernandez into a couple of big saves.
The Impact continued to pressure the ball in the second half by really putting Fernandez under a lot of pressure. In the 70th minute, Mapp got in on goal once more but his flick on the ball wasn't enough to get by Fernandez.
Moments later in the 79th minute, Montreal pressured in the Dallas penalty box once more as the Impact played a ball from the wings that was brushed out by a Dallas defender only to the feet of defender Jeb Brovsky, whose volley on frame really tested Fernandez.
Dallas would hold their own in the final moments of the game, giving Fernandez his sixth shout of the season and the club's 32nd point on the year. The winless rut moves to eight games, the scoreless streak also moves to four games. Dallas won't return to league play until the beginning of August when they visit Seattle.
(More on this game coming up)