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FC Dallas’ poor form at home continues with a 1-1 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes

While Pepi scored again, it wasn’t meant to be.

MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Ricardo Pepi’s 12th goal on the season wasn’t enough for FC Dallas on Saturday night as they tied the San Jose Earthquakes 1-1.

The draw continued a run of poor form at home for FC Dallas as they’ve now gone winless in their last three games at Toyota Stadium.

San Jose got on top early thanks to an unfortunate penalty kick given up in the fifth minute by Matt Hedges. Oswaldo Alanís stepped up to the spot and slotted it home past Dallas keeper Phelipe.

Dallas began chasing the game from there and has several chances in the first half to tie the game. The best of which came in the 32nd minute on a pass from Paxton Pomykal. The Dallas Homegrown found the run of Jader Obrian but his shot wasn’t enough.

After halftime, FC Dallas was able to tie things up in the 50th minute as Pepi continued his impressive form on the season. Justin Che sent in a cross that Pepi was able to get a header on the ball that beat San Jose’s keeper at the near post.

Instant Reaction: The passes on the night just weren’t good enough. The finishing wasn’t good enough. In end, this was a prime example of just how this season has gone for FC Dallas. All three points were needed on the night for the playoff push and it just didn’t happen tonight. While the club isn't completely eliminated from playoff contention here on the season, it sure does feel like we’re closer now than we were at the start of the month.

Man of the match: Give it to Jesus Ferreira, or Pepi.

What’s next for FC Dallas: It will be another quick turnaround for the club as they head to New York on Tuesday night to face New York City FC for the first time since 2019.