After going three straight games without a goal since the restart of the season, FC Dallas was quick to the punch in the first half by scoring two goals within two minutes of one another in a 3-1 win over Minnesota United.
The first game in the 11th minute as Fafa Picault took a long cross from Bryan Acosta up the left wing. The speedster opted to take on his defender before firing a curling shot into the far post by Minnesota keeper Greg Ranjitsingh.
Not even a full minute later, Ricardo Pepi found the ball on the right side of the penalty box. He then slotted a quick pas into the middle of the box to an open Jesus Ferreira, who scored his first goal of the 2020 season.
Minnesota came out in the second half with half with four subs including Hassani Dotson, who found some open space in the middle of the field after a turnover. Dotson took one quick touch before firing off a long-ranged shot that beat Jimmy Maurer.
In stoppage time, Michael Barrios used his speed in the penalty box to get around James Musa. The Minnesota defender brought down Barrios to draw a penalty kick. Reto Ziegler stepped up to the spot and put away the game’s insurance goal.
Instant reaction: The energy of the squad in the first half was definitely more of what we expected here from this group. It was possibly more of having the 4-3-3 back at the beginning of the game open things up more. Or it could have been that we’re finally seeing some good play in the midfield out of guys like Bryan Acosta and Thiago Santos. Either way, the two early goals were what was needed here. Kudos to Picault, Pepi and Ferreira for making it happen.
The second half on the other hand was certainly a more of a ‘play on your heels’ a good bit. Minnesota did a hockey line of subs to start the second half and they were all effective in pressing the attack forward.
Man of the match: The are a number of ways you can go with this one, Jimmy Maurer did well when it mattered. Matt Hedges and Reto Ziegler also pitched in a good defensive effort. Picault and Ferreira got the goals. The more I looked at the night, the more that Santos stood out to me. He calmed things down when the team needed it. He also seemed to clog up about every passing lane around him.
What’s next for FC Dallas: Once again the games come quickly for Luchi Gonzalez and company as they hit the road for the first of two straight road games. First up is a Wednesday night clash at Sporting Kansas City.