FRISCO, Texas (Saturday, July 16) – FC Dallas’ (12-6-4, 40 points) Mauro Diaz, Maxi Urruti and Mauro Rosales scored to lead the team to a 3-1 win tonight at Toyota Stadium.
Jesse Gonzalez, making his first MLS start since May 7, was called upon to make a save in the seventh minute when Chicago’s Kennedy Igboananike tracked down a long pass played over the top of Dallas’ defense. The Nigerian forward ran at Gonzalez before attempting to beat him low to the near post, but the 21-year-old kicked his left foot out at the last second to deny Igboananike of an early goal.
Fabian Castillo made his mark on the match in the 23rd minute, when he beat Chicago’s Rodrigo Ramos and Michael Stephens just inside the area, near the end line. After winning the duel, Castillo drove a cross into the area with his right foot after swinging his right leg behind his left. Forward Urruti did the easy part, stepping inside his man to head home his fifth goal of the season, giving FCD a 1-0 lead.
Fellow Argentine, Diaz netted his third goal of the season to give Dallas a 2-0 lead in the 41st minute. Plano native Kellyn Acosta assisted on the play, sliding a 10 foot pass to Diaz with the outside of his right foot in the conventional manner. Diaz did the rest, touching the ball to his right before firing a rocket, over the outstretched arms of Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson. The perfectly placed strike caught the inside of the post to Lampson’s right side before settling into the back of the net.
Michael Barrios nearly made it 3-0 in the 56th minute when a pass trickled through to the back post. Near the end line, Barrios was unable to convert the chance from a tough angle as the shot smacked off the outside of the near post.
Chicago substitute Arturo Alvarez ruined the shutout for Gonzalez with a left-footed free kick goal in the 90th minute. The former FC Dallas midfielder curled a shot over the wall and just inside the post to Gonzalez’s right side.
Dallas’ substitute, Rosales put the game away seconds after, when Castillo sped by his defender on the left flank, took the ball to the end line and fed the ball across the face of goal. Rosales finished with his first touch to the back post to make it a 3-1 final and extend Dallas’ franchise-record home unbeaten streak to 16 games.
DAL: Maxi Urruti (Fabian Castillo) 23
DAL: Mauro Diaz (Kellyn Acosta) 41
CHI: Arturo Alvarez 90
DAL: Mauro Rosales (Fabian Castillo) 90
FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez, Ryan Hollingshead , Matt Hedges, Aubrey David, Atiba Harris, Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Gruezo (Victor Ulloa 84), Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz, Michael Barrios (Mauro Rosales 74), Maxi Urruti (Tesho Akindele 79).
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Mauro Rosales, Aaron Guillen, Carlos Lizarazo, Victor Ulloa, Coy Craft.
Chicago Fire – Matt Lampson, Joao Meira, Michale Harrington, Rodrigo Ramos, Johan Kappelhof, Michael Stephens (Arturo Alvarez 74), Matt Polster (Khaly Thiam 46), John Goossens, Nick LaBrocca, Michael de Leeuw, Kennedy Igboananike (Razvan Cocis 69).
Substitutes Not Used: Brandon Vincent, Eric Gehrig, Alex Morrell, Patrick McLain.
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
AR1 (bench): Kevin Klinger; AR2 (opposite): Chris Strickland; 4th: Edvin Jurisevic
Weather: Clear, 91
Attendance: 13, 942