Montreal got two first half goals from Lassi Lappalainen and looked well on their way to picking up three points on the night when Orji Okwonkwo added in the third shortly after halftime. But Dallas got goals from Zdenek Ondrasek, Ryan Hollingshead and Reto Ziegler to help seal the point.
Lappalainen put Montreal on top early after Matt Hedges miss-kicked a clearance in the eighth minute. The Finnish striker cooly put away the game’s first goal without any issues. The same was true with his second goal just before halftime in the first minute of stoppage time when he picked off a pass in the midfield from Jesus Ferreira and dribbled down the field without any pressure before beating Jesse Gonzalez.
Lappalainen was key in the third Montreal goal as he helped set up Okwonkwo’s tap in goal in the 56th minute. Lappalainen set a through ball to Saphir Taïder who played the ball to the back post where Okwonkwo was able to just get a touch on it to beat Gonzalez.
Second half substitute Zdenek Ondrasek made an immediate impact on the game for FC Dallas though as he scored his first goal in a Dallas uniform in the 59th minute. Paxton Pomykal sent in a long cross to Ondrasek but it was headed out to Michael Barrios. The Colombian fired a shot that was blocked by Evan Bush but Ondrasek was there to finish the rebound.
Dallas pulled within one goal in the 85th minute on a penalty kick that Ziegler hammered in. Ken Krolicki was whistled for a handball in the box and Ziegler was able to score his fourth of the season.
Dallas tied the game up in the 90th minute on a corner kick from Barrios that found the leaping head of Hollingshead, who’s header bounced into the far post.
Instant Reaction: 56 minutes in I thought this team was dead in the water, maybe even the season was dead in the water. But the lift that Cobra brought into the game, as did the other subs really helped push this team out of the funk they were in offensively on the night and the goals began to come again. Once again when the wing play is there, the goals come. Now if we can just figure out what the hell is going on in our central defense these days.
Man of the Match: Yeah, as weird as it feels to write, it has to be Cobra. He guy finally brought some lift and energy into the attack.
What’s up next for FC Dallas: The gang returns home after this past week’s crazy amount of travel to host in state rivals, Houston Dynamo.