For the second time in this preseason, FC Dallas scores a goal off a set piece to help secure a 1-1 draw. Tesho Akindele scored a second half header off a Mauro Diaz kick to tie Salvadoran side Santa Tecla FC.
Santa Tecla took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute after Wilms Torres received a pass inside the area and found defender Bryan Tamacas with a drop pass. Tamacas took a step inside before picking out the far side of Jimmy Maurer’s goal with a shot from close range.
Dallas had their chances in the first half as newcomer Anton Nedyalkov worked his way up the left side of the field late in the half. Nedyalkov found Maxi Urruti at the near side of the penalty box and the Argentine then redirected a shot on goal that went just wide.
Urruti would help set up the lone Dallas goal as he drew a dangerous free kick outside the penalty box. Diaz stepped up to the kick and found an open Akindele in the middle of the penalty box for a header that he flicked into the far side of the goal.
FC Dallas will return to action today as they host a reserves game against USL affiliate OKC Energy FC.
ST – Bryan Tamacas (Wilms Torres) 20
DAL – Tesho Akindele (Mauro Diaz) 53
FC Dallas – Jimmy Maurer, Anton Nedyalkov, Reto Zeigler, Matt Hedges, Reggie Cannon, Carlos Gruezo (Jacori Hayes 62), Kellyn Acosta, Tesho Akindele (Cristian Colman 76), Mauro Diaz, Roland Lamah (Ryan Hollingshead 65), Maxi Urruti.
Santa Tecla – Joel Almedia, Bryan Tamacas, Yosimar Quinones, Roberto Dominguez, Andres Jaco, Wilms Torres (Marlin Cornejo 85), Fernando Quintanilla, Gersen Meyen (Alex Mendoza 90), Kevin Reyes (Liber Quinonez 76), Harold Alas (Gilberto Baires 67), Ricardo Ferreira (William Canales 76).
Substitutes not used: Joan Borahona, Hector Carbjal.
ST – Kevin Reyes (caution) 26
DAL – Carlos Gruezo (caution) 38
DAL – Maxi Urruti (caution) 66
DAL – Kellyn Acosta (caution) 85
ST – (caution) 90+2
Referee: Jorge Luna
Assistant Referees: Tony Obas, John Dearmond
Weather: Clear, 44