The game was a spirited back-and-forth affair just like any rivalry game would be as Ryan Hollingshead provided the lone goal just before halftime. But it was the controversy at the end of the match that proved to be the main highlight of the night.
FC Dallas dominated the first half of play and were rewarded with Hollingshead’s goal in the 43rd minute after Andres Ricarute beat a defender before laying it off to Bryan Reynolds who provided a beautiful cross into the penalty box that Hollingshead was able to volley into the back of the net.
Sporting pressed for an equalizer the entire second half, forcing Jimmy Maurer to make a couple of saved. But it was his stop on a corner kick that sparked the most talk on the night. Maurer a save on a Luis Martins shot that led to a rebound for Gadi Kinda. He made the save on Kinda’s shot, but the ball landed next to him close to the goal line. The two players fought over possession of the ball with Maurer appearing to tackle Kinda, but a foul was called on the Sporting midfielder.
Instant Reaction: This is certainly one of those games where you love the first half and everything it brought to the table, and hate how things went in the second half. Thankfully this time around the calls and plays went FC Dallas’ way and they kept all three points. Sorry, not sorry Peter Vermes.
Still, let’s talk a bit about that first half. The attack was about as free flowing as we’ve see in a few weeks here. There was less reliance on getting the ball just to Franco Jara in the penalty box but to several players as the crosses were seeing multiple runners in the penalty box play for them. That led to the goal. That is something we need more of here.
Man of the Match: Man, I loved the ball played by Reynolds on the goal. But I think at the end of the day it may have to go to Ricaurte. The guy looked like the midfield playmaker that we’ve seen out of him so far this fall. I’d also give a good shout to Tanner Tessmann on the night too, thought he had a pretty solid outing.
What’s next for FC Dallas: In an odd scheduling twist here, the next match is in Tennessee on a Tuesday night as FC Dallas faces Nashville SC for the third time this season.