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FC Dallas dominates Toronto FC in a 3-0 win

Dominque Badji’s brace was the difference maker for FC Dallas in the win.

MLS: Toronto FC at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

On a hot summer evening, FC Dallas picked up three valuable points in dominating effort that saw them down Toronto FC 3-0.

Midfielder Dominque Badji had two goals in the win to help keep FC Dallas unbeaten in the month of June.

FC Dallas’ best chance of the first half came in the 35th minute off a Michael Barrios scorner kick that landed outside the penalty box where Brandon Servania was there to rip a shot from distance that forced Quentin Westberg to make a big save.

The breakthrough finally came in the oddest way possible as Badji scored what looked like an offside in the 41st minute. Barrios played in a Jesus Ferreira who was able to beat a defender before firing a shot that went in only before Badji was there to add one final touch. Fortunately for Dallas and Badji, Laurent Ciman kept Badji onside and VAR was not used on the play.

Dallas doubled their lead in the 51st minute off another corner kick from Barrios that found the head of Bressan for his first goal in a Dallas uniform. Bressan beat a Toronto defender to the near post to head the ball past Westberg.

Badji picked up this brace in the 58th minute on a counter attack lead by Paxton Pomykal and Ferreira. The Homegrown pair passed around the Toronto defense before Ferreira found a wide open Badji on the left wing where he fired a shot to the far post to increase their lead.

Late in the game newly signed Homegrown forward Ricardo Pepi made his MLS debut just days after signing with the club.

Instant Reaction: While it was Toronto’s B squad, you have to get results like this at home when you can. Dallas looked a bit out of it in the first 20 or so minutes of the match but once they opened things up the goals came flowing. Westberg probably kept the game from getting further out of hand than it actually was too.

Man of the Match: It has to be a toss up between Barrios and Ferreira. Both had plenty of a lot of work up front in the attack. Another option is Pomykal, a guy we certainly have missed in the middle of the attack for these last couple of months.

What’s next for FC Dallas: It will be a quick turnaround again for FCD as they’ll deal with two games next week, first at home on Wednesday night against Vancouver. They’ll then take the road on Saturday to battle Portland.