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FC Dallas picks up a shutout win over Minnesota United 2-0

Javier Morales scores his 50th career MLS goal.

MLS: Minnesota United FC at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas returned to league play after crashing out of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 2-0 win over expansion side Minnesota United FC.

Javier Morales picked up his 50th career MLS goal in the win, while Jesse Gonzalez put in a man of the match performance with several big saves.

Dallas had a golden chance 15 minutes into the match as Michael Barrios worked the ball into the box from the right side. He put in a shot on Bobby Shuttleworth, only to see it pushed back out to Roland Lamah. The Belgian international one-timed a shot at a wide open net but missed wide.

Ten minutes later, FC Dallas nearly caught Minnesota on the counter attack. Maxi Urruti pushed the ball up the field after picking up a turnover on a Minnesota free kick. He found Barrios on the left wing open. Barrios got in to the penalty box with the ball but pulled a shot just wide of the far post.

Dallas got their first breakthrough right before the half in the 43rd minute on a cross from Barrios to the far post that Walker Zimmerman headed back into the middle. Morales got a boot on it to redirect it into the goal for his first FC Dallas goal.

Minnesota opened up the second half with two good chances on Gonzalez’s goal but Dallas was able to respond with their second goal in the 49th minute. Kellyn Acosta picked the ball off a Minnesota defender, faked a shot before laying it off to Barrios. He made touch to fake out a defender before hammering it into the back of the net.

Minnesota didn’t back down as they forced Gonzalez into five big saves in the second half including one in the 87th minute on Abu Danladi from six yards out.

FC Dallas returns to action next Friday as they travel west to battle the San Jose Earthquakes.