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FC Dallas falls to New York City FC 3-1 for first loss of 2018

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David Villa scores his 400th career goal (for club or country) in the win.

MLS: FC Dallas at New York City FC Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas’ unbeaten run to start the 2018 season has come to an end thanks to a 3-1 loss at New York City FC on Sunday evening.

The two sides traded goals in the first ten minutes as Jesus Madina scored three minutes into the match. David Villa helped guide the City attack up the left sideline before putting a soft pass between a couple Dallas defenders that Ben Sweat got a boot on. Madina was able to clean up the rebound for the game’s first goal.

Santiago Mosquera leveled it up in the 10th minute on his first MLS goal. Mosquera got free into the penalty box after a nice pass from Maxi Urruti. The Colombian beat one defender before putting the ball to the far post of the goal.

City took the lead in the 35th minute thanks to video review of a Reto Ziegler handball in the penalty box. David Villa stepped up to the penalty spot and hammered it past Jimmy Maurer.

Villa was able to double his tally in the second half after dribbling through two Dallas defenders in the 69th minute.

It was over when - Villa ran through Matt Hedges and Anton Nedyalkov to increase City’s lead in the second half. Dallas was starting to mount a comeback with second half substitute Mauro Diaz before Villa scored his second of the day.

Turning point - The Ziegler handball decision was clear a tough point for FC Dallas. After responding to the early goal, things had calmed down for the visitors. But the unfortunate bounce of the ball off Ziegler’s thigh to his hand forced the official to review the play and award the penalty that Villa scored.

One positive for FCD - Homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta returned to the 18-man game day roster for the first time this season after recovering from a sports hernia surgery early this year.

What’s next - FC Dallas heads back out on the road for the second straight week next weekend as they visit expansion side LAFC and their brand new stadium.