Francis Atuahene scored in his MLS debut, just second after coming into the game in the second half for Michael Barrios. The goal along with a first half own goal was enough to keep things level with Chris Wondolowski and San Jose.
The found it’s first goal in the wildest possible way 27 minutes into the match. San Jose keeper Devin Vega was passing back and forth with Florian Jungwirth inside the Quakes defensive area. As Jungwirth played a ball back to Vega, he took his eye off it just enough to have the ball slide between his feet and slowly into the back of the net. The goal was the third straight own goal that FC Dallas has been given, after Seattle gifted them two a week ago.
Immediately after halftime San Jose tied the game up with a goal from Chris Wondolowski. The MLS all-time leader in goals scored got on the end of a cross from Marcos Lopez that beat Jimmy Maurer at the near post.
In the 55th minute San Jose gained the lead, with a little assist from the video assistant replay, as Magnus Erickson took a pass from Tommy Thompson at the top of the penalty box that beat Maurer but was originally cleared off the line by Matt Hedges. But the video review stated the ball cross the line and was a goal.
In the 65th minute, just seconds after coming on to the field for the first time in his MLS career, Atuahene scored the second goal of the game for Dallas. Jacori Hayes played the Ghanaian winger into the penalty box. He took one touch and then curled a shot past Vega to tie up the game.
Instant reaction: There were plenty of positive moments in this one and plenty of negative moments. The three subs for Dallas did well as Atuahene looked promising in his debut, while Ema Twumasi also gave the team a nice spark. The Ryan Hollingshead experiment in the midfield also came with mixed reviews. Reto Ziegler also looked a bit gassed in his return to the lineup after dealing with a groin issue the last couple of weeks. Still, this is a point you take when you add up all the players out on international duty.
Man of the Match: For me it was a toss up between Matt Hedges and Jacori Hayes. Both really had a strong afternoon, and Hedges probably gets the nod just simply because of his effort on trying to clear the ball off the goal line on Erickson’s goal.
What’s next for FC Dallas: The 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup kicks off for FCD as they host USL Championship side Oklahoma City Energy FC on Wednesday night at SMU’s Westcott Field.