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Santiago Mosquera’s early goal helps FC Dallas downs D.C. United 2-0

An early goal, a couple potential red cards and lots of fireworks.

MLS: D.C. United at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

After a disappointing double game week, FC Dallas returned home and responded well with a 2-0 win over ten-man D.C. United on Thursday night.

Dallas got goals from Santiago Mosquera and Dominque Badji in the win while D.C. United struggled to deal with the officials and VAR on the night.

Mosquera scores his first goal of the 2019 season six minutes into the match thanks to a corner kick that worked its way out to Brandon Servania. The Dallas Homegrown midfielder sent the ball into the penalty box were Bressan, who was able to cross it back across the center of the box to Mosquera. The winger got one touch on the ball and it was enough to put it in Bill Hamid’s goal.

Dallas continued to press for a second goal in the first half as Paxton Pomykal. He tried to get Servania involved but neither attempt on goal from the two Homegrown players were able to beat Hamid.

Wayne Rooney was nearly sent to the showers early in this one as well as he had a rough challenge on Michael Barrios midway through the first half. But after a video review, he only picked up a yellow card instead of the straight red.

Dallas doubled their lead at the 66th minute as Badji made an immediate impact off the bench for Luchi Gonzalez. Mosquera beat two defenders inside the box and his shot was pushed out but only to the feet of Badji, who was able to tap in the easy goal.

United didn’t end the game with their full 11 on the field as substitute Luciano Acosta was sent off after a Video Review for stepping on Pomykal as both players went for the ball.

Instant Reaction: When this team wants to kick it into another gear, they certainly can. D.C. may be a slightly inconsistent team at the moment but they’re still one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference and at home you have to win this game. FCD did just that tonight and really looked like the team we all want them to look like in the process.

Man of the Match: You could give it to Pomykal or Mosquera. Both were very important on the night for FC Dallas as they looked like the more impressive team.

What’s next for FC Dallas: There won’t be a ton of rest after this one as the team has another quick turn around, this time away from league play as they host former manager Oscar Pareja and Club Tijuana on Sunday evening.