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FC Dallas match with Columbus Crew ends in scoreless draw

FC Dallas remains in first place following the draw.

MLS: Columbus Crew at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas remains in first place for the moment following a scoreless draw against the Columbus Crew SC.

The draw keeps FC Dallas atop the Western Conference standings with 50 points.

In the 13th minute Dallas nearly got on the board thanks to a counter attack from Michael Barrios. Santiago Mosquera sent a long ball to the run of Barrios who had a nice first touch to get by his defender. Barrios put then put in a hard shot from the right side of the penalty box that hit the side netting.

Columbus pressed Dallas early on in the first half with a couple solid chances. In the 27th minute Federico Higuian broke free at the top of the penalty box. The veteran attacker made one quick move around a Dallas defender before putting a hard shot on goal that forced Jesse Gonzalez to make a diving save.

FC Dallas only had one good chance in the first half on a free kick from Mosquera. The Colombian curled a ball over the Crew defensive wall right at keeper Zach Steffen.

Columbus had their best chance of the game in the 83rd minute on Justin Meram cross to Higuian at the back post. The Argentine volleyed an attempt across goal that Gyasi Zardes nearly got a touch on but fortunately for FC Dallas fans the ball sailed wide of the goal.

Key moment: Insert shrug emoji for this one folks...

Stat of the night: The scoreless draw was the first for FC Dallas at home since last fall when they tied Seattle at the end of the season.

Up next: FC Dallas begins a two-game road trip to the Pacific Northwest as they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday evening.