FC Dallas nearly left Minnesota with a point on Saturday night thanks to some stiff defense but the Loons found a way to score in stoppage time and deny a penalty kick from Reto Ziegler to win 1-0.
Mason Toye slotted home the game winner in the first minute of stoppage time after Jesse Gonzalez initially saved a long-range shot from Jan Gregus.
Moments later the game nearly became equal again as second half substitute Bryan Reynolds was able to draw a penalty kick on Minnesota United goalkeeper Vito Mannone from a clumsy challenge in Loon’s box.
Ziegler stepped up to take the shot after video review confirmed that it was indeed a penalty kick. The Swiss veteran went to his left but so did Mannone as he brushed away the attempt to keep the lead with Minnesota.
Instant Reaction: This was a game FCD should feel like they should have gotten at least one point from, if not all three. The shots were there, the passing was pretty solid on the night it was just one mental mistake in the back that cost the team on the night from moving up in the standings instead of falling further down.
Man of the Match: Given the lack of offense in this game from either side until the late stages of the game, my gut tells me to go with someone like Matt Hedges or Ryan Hollingshead. Both had pretty strong nights defensively, Hollingshead with six interceptions and Hedges adding some clearances of his own helped keep this one tight.
What’s next for FC Dallas: Luchi Gonzalez will get another friendly to disrupt the schedule this week as they host Sevilla on Wednesday night before heading back out on the road to take on Sporting KC on Saturday