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FC Dallas picks up 1-1 draw against Minnesota United

Ricardo Pepi’s second half goal saved FC Dallas from some serious embarrassment.

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FC Dallas and Minnesota United played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday evening at Toyota Stadium. The draw keeps FC Dallas at the bottom of the Western Conference standings after eight games.

Minnesota played the aggressor in the first half and it paid off in the 35th minute as Franco Fragapane put home a round-bound off an Adrien Hunou miss. The former FCD midfielder Jacori Hayes picked off FCD’s newest midfielder Facundo Quignón in the Loons’ defensive third and was able to set up the quick counter-attack goal.

FC Dallas looked for the equalizer in the second half as Jesus Ferreira made his season debut. The Homegrown attacker helped press the FCD attack on numerous chances including the game-tying goal in the 68th minute as he played a combination with Ryan Hollingshead who passed a perfect ball to Ricardo Pepi for his second goal of the season.

Minnesota had a couple of good chances from Emanuel Reynoso that the Argentine forward failed to get on frame despite causing havoc in the Dallas defense.

Instant reaction: The first half was once again more of the same out of FC Dallas that we’ve seen so far this season. Very poor going forward into the attack and just nervy in the defense, which Minnesota was able to capitalize on. It was more disappointing when you consider the starting lineup finally had Paxton Pomykal in it but he was one of the few brighter spots in the first half, along with the heroics of Jimmy Maurer in goal at times.

The second half was better as Ferreira really looked the part on the field for FC Dallas, which certainly makes you wonder what would be had he not gotten injured right before the start of the season. Along with him out there, the attack had more energy and effort. The runs from Hollingshead and John Nelson were better and the play in the midfield improved under Bryan Acosta and Quignón.

Still, a draw at home is a complete disappointment. There is no other way around it.

Man of the match: You could give it to Pepi for the goal, Hollingshead for the effort, or Ferreira for the energy be brought. I’d still give it to Maurer with how he kept the team level in this game as much as he could.

What’s next for FC Dallas: It will be a quick turnaround here for Luchi Gonzalez and company as they head to Southern California on Wednesday as they take on LAFC for the first time this season.