FC Dallas got goals from Maynor Figueroa and Michael Barrios in the win to help push their Western Conference lead back up to three points following Sporting Kansas City’s win over Portland earlier in the evening.
FC Dallas got their first good look of the match in the 20th minute as newcomer Pablo Aranguiz sent a ball to the right wing where Reggie Cannon was able to get on the end of a run behind a Minnesota defender. Cannon took one touch in the penalty box and tried to beat Bobby Shuttleworth with a chip that Shuttleworth was able to stop with his face to keep the game level.
Dallas made their first breakthrough in the 44th minute after a VAR awarded Maynor Figueroa a goal on a corner kick. Figueroa was originally thought to be offside on the play but video review came into question as it turned out a Minnesota defender touched the ball last before it landed at Figueroa’s feet.
Dallas was able to double their lead in the 57th minute on a far-post shot from Barrios. FCD had a nice build up in the midfield by Victor Ulloa and Carlos Gruezo to set up Barrios for his fourth goal of the season.
The win was Oscar Pareja’s 100th as a head coach in Major League Soccer.
Turning point: Late in the first half Aranguiz began to get more comfortable in the midfield and was able to pressure the Loons into some bad situations. His pressure down the middle of the field helped lead to the first Dallas goal.
Key moment: He may have not gotten on the stat sheet but getting Santiago Mosquera back on the field after a few weeks was good to see.
Up next: FC Dallas travels south for their second meeting this season against rivals Houston Dynamo.