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Offensive struggles open up as FC Dallas draws Columbus Crew 1-1

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A second half goal from Tesho Akindele saves the points.

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FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew SC battled to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night.

Dallas struggled offensively on the night thanks in part to the absences of Mauro Diaz. The Hoops did manage a game-tying goal in the second half from Canadian international Tesho Akindele to help seal the 10th point of the season.

Columbus broke the deadlock nine minutes into the match on a corner kick by Federico Higuain. The lofted ball into the box found the head of Justin Meram for the game's first goal.

The Crew nearly doubled their lead in the 28th minute on a counter attack lead by Ethan Finlay. The Crew winger played himself into the penalty box, pulling two defenders with him. He then crossed the ball back to Meram, who hammered a one-time shot on goal but Chris Seitz would block it away for safety.

FC Dallas finally got a good chance just a minute later in the 29th minute. The ball got played out wide by Kellyn Acosta to Michael Barrios, who then sent in a cross to the near post where Ryan Hollingshead met it with a snapping header that hit off the near post.

Seitz came up big in the early stages of the second half too. In the 61st minute, the Crew got a couple good looks on goal as Meram received the ball outside the 18-yard box. He took one touch and then fired it on goal but Seitz would be there to stop it from going in the near post.

Dallas finally tied the game in he 77th minute on a counter attack of their own. Maximiliano Urruti found his way into the middle of the field. The Argentine forward fired a shot at Steve Clark's goal that would get past the Columbus keeper and hit the post. The ball then spilled out behind Clark where Akindele was there to place it in the back of the net.

The draw marked the end of a seven game home winning streak for FC Dallas, dating back at last season.

FC Dallas returns to action next Saturday as they host the San Jose Earthquakes.