In the only home game of the month for FC Dallas, the boys in red rode two late first half goals from Michel and Tesho Akindele to lift them over expansion side New York City FC 2-1 on Saturday night.
FC Dallas came out with plenty of early pressure on goal in this one. In the 11th minute, Michel chipped a ball in over the NYCFC defense to the run of Michael Barrios. The Dallas winger played a quick ball back across the face of the goal for the run of David Texeira but the Uruguayan would fail to put his shot on target.
Dallas would get another good chance in the 27th minute on a counter attack lead by Fabian Castillo. The All-Star winger pushed up the left sideline and move into the penalty box by a City defender but his shot would get deflected out to Barrios on the far side. His attempt on goal however was not but up to par as he would sky it over the crossbar.
FCD finally made a breakthrough right before halftime as Michel would find Akindele on a counter attack. Akindele would take one touch on the pass from Michel and then hammer it into the far post corner for the game's first goal.
Dallas didn't wait long before doubling the lead in the first half stoppage time on a olimpico-style corner kick from Michel.
New York would get one back in the middle part of the second half on a penalty kick by Patrick Mullins. Atiba Harris would foul Mix Diskerud in the penalty box on a bad challenge.
The best chance Dallas would get in the second half would come on another counter attack by Barrios. Dallas pushed the ball up the field with Akindele in the 82nd minute as he made one move around a defender before the midfield circle. He would play a perfect through ball to Barrios who decided to take it towards goal himself and would end up launching a shot that would go over the goal.
FC Dallas returns to action next week as they travel to Kansas City to battle Sporting Kansas City on Friday night.