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FC Dallas holds group lead after 0-0 draw against Suchitepequez

Plenty of chances for a reserve-heavy squad but nothing found the back of the net.

MLS: CONCACAF Champions League-C.D. Suchitepequez at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas rolled out a reserve-heavy squad on Wednesday night against Guatemalan side CD Suchitepequez and came away with a scoreless draw.

The draw keeps Dallas on top of their group in Champions League play with one game left, a return match in Guatemala next month.

FC Dallas debuted Norberto Paparatto and Carlos Ruiz (his first game for FC Dallas since Oct. 20, 2007) along with several young players in this one like Coy Craft who had the first solid chance of the game in the 36th minute. The 18-year old found the ball on the right flank where he took on a defender with a couple clever step over moves before firing a shot. Unfortunately Craft’s attempt went just wide of the far post.

FCD pushed more for a goal in the second half after a couple of substitutions came on to the field. In the 58th minute Victor Ulloa found Tesho Akindele on the flank where he then played in Ruiz. The veteran strikers’ shot then hit off the crossbar and out of danger when a Suchitepequez defender cleared it.

Dallas kept the possession in the second half as they pushed more of their 27 shots on goal. In the 71st minute Kellyn Acosta set up another attempt for Akindele. Acosta curled in a ball into the box on the right side where Akindele met it with a strong header but it wasn’t enough to beat the keeper.

Ruiz nearly had one go in during the final minutes of play. Timo Pitter played him into the box and his shot appeared to go over the line but a defender cleared it out at the last second.

Both teams were reduced to ten men in stoppage time as David Aubrey picked up a red card followed by Amaury Escoto.

FC Dallas returns to action on Saturday as they host the LA Galaxy.