Both teams struggled to find their way in the first half with neither really putting chances on goal. The game could have taken a big turn had Jesse Gonzalez not made some big saves. RSL nearly found the back of the net right before halftime on a corner kick by Sebastián Saucedo. The ball was curled into the penalty box where Marcelo Silva was able to get a header that forced Gonzalez to make a diving save.
Gonzalez came up huge again in the 56th minute on two separate saves, first on a punch on that landed at the top of the penalty box where Corey Baird was there to take a one-touch shot that Gonzalez saved.
Santiago Mosquera nearly found the breakthrough for FC Dallas in the 68th minute on a counter attack. Paxton Pomykal played Mosquera through behind the RSL defense but the Colombian attacker curled a ball past the far post.
In the 74th minute, Michael Barrios went down in the penalty box on a tangle with Danny Toia. The center official let play on following and then randomly stopped play to check with the video replay to see if it was a penalty kick. Unfortunately for Dallas fans, there wasn’t enough contact to warrant a penalty kick.
Instant Reaction: There wasn’t a ton in this one when you really get down to it. RSL felt like they were the better team on the night in some ways while FC Dallas seemed like they couldn’t figure out the best way through up top. Things did begin to look up in the second half as Pomykal and Edwin Gyasi were added into the attack. The team had a little more momentum going forward.
Man of the Match: Given how the attack was basically struggling to find their way, it may have to go to Gonzalez for the big stops he made on the night.
What’s next for FC Dallas: Luchi Gonzalez and company head to North Florida for a match with Orlando City.