Kevin Molino scored twice and Mason Toye added another goal to help boost the Loons over Dallas, while Ricardo Pepi scored his second goal of the season and Santiago Mosquera came off the bench to find his first of 2020.
Minnesota jumped out on Dallas early on with goals in the first 20 minutes, first from Toye off a defensive miscue in the back after Ryan Hollingshead failed to clear the ball out of his defensive third.
The lead was doubled midway through the first half as Minnesota picked apart the Dallas defense inside the penalty box for Molino’s first of the night. Dallas was able to respond just before halftime when Bryan Reynolds found Pepi in the penalty box. The young Dallas Homegrown got just enough of a touch on the ball to get it into the goal.
Molino added a second goal on the night thanks to a penalty kick in the 70th minute. Dallas responded yet again, this time with Mosquera finding enough of a touch in the penalty box to find the back of the net.
Minnesota had to play with 10 men for the final eight minutes (plus stoppage time) after Romain Metanire was sent off in the 82nd minute, but they managed to hang on.
Instant Reaction: It is easy to get frustrated with how things are going right now when you look at the formations being used and the players that are being selected. But when you have the amount of injuries to key players like what Luchi Gonzalez is dealing with right now, this kind of thing is bound to happen. The depth right now just isn’t good enough and the continued use of a 3-4-3 or a 3-5-2 just isn’t what this team needs right now.
You could also see just how big of a loss not having someone like Matt Hedges on the field meant to the team last night too in the back. As much as I like Reto Ziegler, Bressan and Ryan Hollingshead, the three just didn’t have the cohesion that you need in a three-man defense.
Offensively, things are coming along with each game though. Andres Ricaurte is going to be a breath of fresh air for this club as he was very active once he got into the game last night. Against weaker defenses, he will certainly pick them apart.
Man of the Match: It is hard to pinpoint someone who truly stood out on Wednesday night but a couple nods are still worth giving out here to guys like Michael Barrios, Pepi and Ricaurte.
What’s next for FC Dallas: Another Texas Derby game is upon us here this weekend as Houston visits Frisco on Saturday night.