All signs were pointing to a scoreless draw between Minnesota United and FC Dallas until the game went into stoppage time in the second half. The Loons came away with a 1-0 victory thanks to a Robin Lod goal four minutes into stoppage time.
FC Dallas looked decent in the first half with chances coming off Jader Obrien, Franco Jara, and Andres Ricarute after Luchi Gonzalez opted to go back to a 3-5-2 formation. Jara struggled with staying onside in the first half while Ricaurte had a couple of dangerous moments early on that came up empty.
Both squads looked for a second half boost from their bench but neither were able to get good chances on goal until Lod’s game-winner. The hosts converted on a wild corner kick late in the game that proved to be all the difference in the world between the two sides.
Instant Reaction: This was certainly a gut punch for FC Dallas as they had a draw and were minutes away from leaving a building that they have struggled in over the last couple of years with a well-earned point. But a bad bounce or two can be killer in this game and that is all it took for the Loons to capitalize on the Dallas defense that looked good with Matt Hedges back for the first time in a couple of weeks.
This is now a second straight disappointing result for Gonzalez and FC Dallas after last week’s draw with Houston. Things haven’t been looking too great so far in this early portion of the season either. It may be time for the veterans on the team to step up and get this group to come together in a way that brings in some points.
Man of the Match: Ricaurte looked good at times in the first half but did disappear a bit in the second half, which likely led to him being subbed off. Might be worth giving the nod to Phelipe, who made five saves on the night.
What’s next for FC Dallas: The guys return home next week for a visit from Real Salt Lake.