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FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids trade second half goals in 1-1 draw

Cristian Colman comes off the bench to score the equalizer.

MLS: Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas wrapped up their fourth straight home game to begin the 2018 season with another 1-1 draw on Saturday night against the Colorado Rapids.

Both sides traded second half goals in front of the 13,147 that braved the chilly April weather at Toyota Stadium.

FC Dallas began the game with a lot of energy as they looked like the side coming off a bye week. Ten minutes into the match, Mauro Diaz had two free kick chances that forced Colorado into giving up a corner kicks.

In the 18th minute, Dallas had one of the best chances of the first half as Jacori Hayes sprung Michael Barrios free along the right wing. Barrios dribbled by one Rapids defender before laying it off to an open Diaz in the penalty box but the Dallas number 10 failed to test Tim Howard.

In the 25th minute Colorado nearly found the back of the net as Dominic Badji put in a tough shot on goal that forced Jimmy Maurer to make a diving stop. Maurer nearly let Joe Mason take advantage of the rebound but the Dallas keeper was able to stop the Rapids’ attacker from scoring at the last second.

Colorado found their breakthrough in the 62nd minute on a turnover in the midfield by Matt Hedges. Badji picked up the turnover and then dished it off to Joe Mason who then finished off the chance as he beat Maurer at the far post.

Oscar Pareja pushed for an equalizer as he brought on two Designated Players, Santiago Mosquera and Cristian Colman, off his bench shortly after the Colorado goal. Colman had a great chance in the 80th minute that forced Howard to bobble a save and then clear it out with his feet.

Colman found the equalizer in the 89th minute thanks to a long ball from Diaz. The Dallas midfielder sent a long ball over the Colorado defense that Colman was able to get a head on to beat Howard at the far post.

FC Dallas returns to action next Saturday when they hit the road for the first time in 2018 as they visit the New England Revolution.