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FC Dallas gets two second half goals to down the Philadelphia Union 2-0

Spectacular goals from Kobra and Pomykal help lead the way for FC Dallas.

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FC Dallas opened the 25th season in Major League Soccer with a solid 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday evening.

Dallas saw two second half goals from Zdenek Ondrasek and Paxton Pomykal en-route to the three points to begin the season.

The opening 45 minutes saw FC Dallas earn a pair of good chances on goal. Both plays had Michael Barrios involved. In the 18th minute, Barrios had an open chance on goal after Zdenek Ondrasek dummied the ball through to him on a pass from Fafa Picault. Philadelphia keeper Andre Blake came up with a huge stop to keep the game level.

A little over ten minutes later Barrios broke into the penalty box from the wings and laid the ball off to Jesus Ferreira who attempted to beat Blake at the far post but his shot was just wide.

Dallas finally found the break in the 60th minute on a ridiculous shot from 25 yards out by Ondrasek. Ferreira found the Czech striker open in the midfield where he took one touch to center himself on goal before firing a shot past Blake.

After some chippy play between both sides, FC Dallas doubled their lead with an insurance goal from Pomykal in the first minute of stoppage time. Pomykal dribbled through the Union defense before laying it off to fellow Homegrown Tanner Tessmann in the penalty box only to get it back from him. Pomykal took one more touch and then found the back of the net.

Instant reaction: Let’s just say we’ll take it. The first game of the season is never pretty for anyone really and this was certainly the case for FCD today. There were plenty of good moments where the attack had some fluidness to it but there was a lot that Luchi and company will want to go back to the film and figure out next week before Montreal.

Still the goal for Kobra was something else and was a good shot of energy. But Paxton’s play to double the lead in stoppage time was something else. A thing of beauty.

Man of the Match: I enjoyed what Kobra brought to the table tonight with his goal but I’m going to give the nod for opening day to a pair of newcomers in Thiago Santos and Tanner Tessmann. Both were so solid in the midfield today and really helped clog up the middle of the field to keep the Union from really getting anything good on goal.

What’s next for FC Dallas: The Hoops are back in action at home last week as they host Thierry Henry and the Montreal Impact.