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FC Dallas drops lead twice to draw Columbus Crew SC 2-2

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Michael Barrios had himself a solid game while the defense looked a bit lost in the second half.

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FC Dallas picked up another point at home on Saturday in a 2-2 draw against the Columbus Crew SC.

Michael Barrios scored a goal and helped earn a penalty kick that Reto Ziegler scored, while Pedro Santos and Youness Mokhtar scored second half goals to help the Crew rally from behind twice.

Both teams traded solid chances in the first half. FC Dallas keeper Jimmy Maurer came up huge on a save off a Lucas Zelarayan free kick that Josh Williams touched to get on goal. But it was Dallas that pulled ahead in the 38th minute thanks to a wonderful ball from Fafa Picault that found the head of Barrios who redirected it past Columbus keeper Eloy Room.

The Crew responded two minutes into the second half with the goal from Mokhtar. The game wasn’t level for long as five minutes later Barrios was pulled down in the penalty box by Harrison Afful. Ziegler stepped up to the penalty spot and scored his second of the year.

Once again, the Dallas defense had a laps and the Crew responded in the 62nd minute on a goal from Santos.

Instant Reaction: Let’s just say this could be a game that FC Dallas will look back on and think ‘what if’ a few times. Both Columbus goals were defensive mistakes that could have been corrected with better marking and positioning. Were they crap goals? Yeah, in a way. But at least on the other end we saw some offense after a week of no goals against Atlanta and Orlando.

The result is still a net positive one in the standings, and at home you really don’t want to lose games, especially in a year like this one. But this one will certainly feel more like a loss to some when you consider the lead was given up twice.

Man of the Match: This one feels like you should give it to Barrios. Say what you will about his 2020, tonight was one of his better performances. I’d also throw Ryan Hollingshead in there as having a solid night as well, though you won’t see some of his stuff on the stat sheet.

What’s next for FC Dallas: Another quick turn around for the club as they head back to Houston to battle the Dynamo yet again on this weird season.