The fireworks were locked and loaded Monday night as FC Dallas downed Orlando City 4-0.
Goals came early and often in this one as Mauro Diaz set up two from set pieces while Fabian Castillo and Michael Barrios pushed forward on breakaways for a goal apiece.
After some early pressure by Orlando, Maxi Urruti was able to force a corner kick in the 11th minute. Diaz stepped up and found a wide open Walker Zimmerman at the near post to kick in the game’s first goal.
FCD doubled up their lead moments later in the 22nd minute on a quick strike from Barrios. Atiba Harris headed a goal kick down to Urruti who then spun around a defender before sending a ball forward to the run of Barrios. The Colombian winger got the ball behind a defender and then chipped Orlando keeper Joe Bendik.
Dallas nearly got a third in the 40th minute on some slick passing around the Orlando penalty box between Kellyn Acosta, Castillo, and Urruti. The three got the ball at the top of the penalty box and Acosta and Urruti played a quick-one two to free Castillo behind the Orlando defense but Bendik came out to force a clearance.
FCD was able to get a third goal in the second half on another set piece from Diaz. This time on the free kick, Diaz found Matt Hedges wide open on the near post for the goal.
Dallas pushed several times for another goal and had a solid chance in the 78th minute on a crafty play from Diaz. The Argentine playmaker go the ball at the top of the penalty box and nutmegged an Orlando defender to get into the penalty box but Bendik came up big on the shot.
A fourth goal did finally come in stoppage time as substitute Tesho Akindele got the ball on a breakaway. As Bendik came out to challenge him he laid it off to Castillo to finish it home.
With the win, FC Dallas extended their home unbeaten run to 15 games.
FC Dallas returns to action on Friday for a quick turnaround as they travel west to face the San Jose Earthquakes.