Match Recap: FCD 1, Toronto 0
FRISCO, Texas – scored
his 129th career goal as extended their unbeaten
streak to 13 straight with a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC
in a chippy, tightly contested match at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday
The veteran made the most of his first start since June 5, burying a
long-ball from in the
opening minutes of the second half for his third goal in his last five
games. With that tally, Cunningham is now just three goals behind Jaime Moreno for the all-time scoring lead in
Major League Soccer history.
For most of the first half, scoring chances were hard to come by.
Toronto’s best chance came five minutes in, when defender Ty Harden’s header was pushed over the crossbar by
Dallas goalkeeper .
The former Toronto striker buried his right-footed shot in the right
corner of the net for his eighth goal of the year. It was also Chávez’s
first career assist.
TFC looked to answer back, and had two solid scoring chances by O'Brian White thwarted. In the 63rd
minute, White headed just over the goal on a nice run and cross by Maksim Usanov up the right flank.
In the 75th, the Toronto striker again found himself with some room
inside the FCD area. With Hartman off his line and the home net open,
White took a shot only to see his effort quelled at the last possible
moment by Jackson, who executed a great goalmouth block.
Hartman made another great play in the 82nd minute when he got a hand
on a header by TFC’s Jacob Peterson.
With the win, still-streaking FC Dallas keep pace in the tight
Western Conference. Schellas Hyndman’s squad travels to San Jose next
Saturday. Toronto haven’t tasted victory in MLS play in four straight
matches, with their last win coming on Aug. 7.
The Reds stay on the road to face Chicago on Wednesday, where they
will welcome back Dwayne De Rosario, Julian de Guzman and Nana Attakora, who missed
Saturday’s match while on international duty with Canada.
Preki’s squad will be missing Martin Saric, however, who will be suspended
after getting sent off for a second yellow card in the 89th minute
For full stats, visit the MLS MatchCenter.
DAL -- Jeff Cunningham 8 (Marvin Chavez 1, David Ferreira 9) 47
TOR -- Martin Saric (caution; Tactical Foul) 15
TOR -- Nick LaBrocca (caution; Dissent) 46+
-- Martin Saric (caution; Reckless Foul) 89
TOR -- Martin Saric
(ejection; Second Caution) 89
DAL -- (caution; Reckless Foul) 91+
Referee: Alex Prus
Referee's Assistants: Adam
Wienckowski; James Conlee
4th Official: Jasen Anno
Time of Game: 1:53
and 86 degrees