FC Dallas welcomed their former head coach Oscar Pareja and Orlando City to Frisco on Sunday night in what turned out to be a pretty even affair with the two sides failing to find a goal in a 0-0 draw.
Orlando was down a man for the final 21 minutes of the match after midfielder Jhegson Mendez was shown two yellow cards in the space of five second-half minutes.
The best chance for either side came in the first ten minutes for FC Dallas as Santiago Mosquera played a clever back and forth with Franco Jara along the left side of the penalty area to get clear through on goal only to be denied by Orlando goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.
Orlando also had a solid first half chance right before halftime as Nani headed Mauricio Pereyra’s cross back across goal but both Tesho Akindele and Chris Mueller failed to get on the other end of it.
Instant Reaction: On one hand, you don’t want to lose at home. So at least that didn’t happen on Sunday night. Orlando is a much better team under Pareja, something that we should have expected too. At the end of things, both sides felt very even and the score showed for it. I know you expect a team to do a little more when you have a man advantage for 20 minutes but given the workload of the team these days, you saw some tired legs instead.
Man of the Match: Truthfully I just want to give it to the backline and Jimmy Maurer. We haven’t had a shutout in a few games and this feels worth celebrating, even a little.
What’s next for FC Dallas: The club finally gets a bit of a break here as they won’t have a Wednesday night game to deal with this week. Instead, they’ll return to the field on Saturday as they host the current league leaders in Columbus Crew SC.