For the third time in the last four years, FC Dallas began the season with a shutout as they downed the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Dallas got a first half goal from Fabian Castillo and then one in the second half by newcomer Maximiliano Urruti.
Four minutes into the match FC Dallas nearly had the game's first goal as Atiba Harris drove a ball in from the right side to Urruti. The Argentine forward missed a scissor kick on the play and Mauro Diaz then took the ball and put it in the back of the net. It would be called off however as Diaz was whistled for a hand ball on the play.
FCD nearly got one ten minutes later as Urruti poked a ball through to the run of Michael Barrios. The Colombian winger went in one-on-one with Union keeper Andre Blake. He made one move around Blake and then cross the ball back to Castillo who took a one time shot that would get blocked by Fabinho.
Dallas got their breakthrough in the 21st minute from Castillo on a quick counter attack play. Carlos Gruezo set up the play with a tackle in the defensive end. He then fed the ball off to Diaz who quickly fed the run of Castillo. The 2015 All-Star was free again with a one-on-one with Blake where he slotted home his first goal of the year.
After dominating the possession and chances in the second half, Dallas doubled their lead in the 79th minute on a goal from Urruti. The play was set up near the Union penalty box as Diaz picked off a Union defender. He made one touch into the box as he then played the run of Urruti who hammered home the game's second goal.
Castillo nearly doubled his tally late in the game as he had another one-on-one chance with Blake but the winger would pull the shot wide and then come up with an injury on the play.
FCD returns to action next week as they travel south to take on rivals Houston Dynamo.