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FC Dallas opens 2021 season with a scoreless draw against the Colorado Rapids

Jimmy Maurer came up huge for Dallas but the attack look a bit lost in the season opener.

MLS: Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas opened the 2021 season with a scoreless draw against the Colorado Rapids.

Jimmy Maurer came up big several times in the draw as he ended the match with six saves, while the Dallas attack struggled to get chances on goal until late in the second half.

Colorado pressed the Dallas defense a couple of times in the first half, forcing Maurer to clear a shot off the goal line and stopped a couple of attempts a point-blank range from former Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios.

Dallas looked for a late winner as Ricardo Pepi and Paxton Pomykal came onto the field in the late stages of the match to help push the attack. Unfortunately for Dallas, the shots were either off-target or not enough to test the Rapids’ defense.

Instant reaction: The first half looked like two teams that were still in the preseason a bit with a lot of back-and-forth play. The second half opened up a little more as subs came on and each time settled into the game a bit more. At the end of the day, the two sides were more even than anything else. Newcomers Jader Obrien and Freddy Vargas had a decent showing, but neither were able to link up well enough with Franco Jara or Andres Ricuarte to get quality chances on goal.

Speaking of Jara and Ricaurte, they both had a...uh...quiet night. Jara had a couple of decent looks but nothing to really get worked up over. Ricarute almost disappeared on the field for long stretches at a time.

Man of the match: Jimmy Maurer was huge. Absolutely huge. It wasn’t like his defense was giving up chances left and right all night either, Colorado was just able to find better opportunities on target but Maurer was up to the task tonight. I’d also throw a shout to both John Nelson and Ryan Hollingshead for the work they put in on the night as well.

What’s next for FC Dallas: The club takes it to the road for the first time in 2021 as they head west to battle the San Jose Earthquakes.