Defense allows no shots on goal to collect clean sheet
FRISCO, Texas (Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016) – FC Dallas got four goals from two Argentine players, newcomer Maxi Urruti and Mauro Diaz, to defeat Alianza FC, 4-0, in a preseason friendly tonight at Toyota Stadium.
FC Dallas opened up the scoring in the fourth minute. Atiba Harris setup the goal from the right flank. After going past his defender the St. Kitts native served a cross into the head of striker Maxi Urruti. The Argentine did well with his first opportunity, redirecting a glancing header by Alianza FC goalkeeper Elmer Iglesias. The shot smacked off the post but found its way back to Urruti, who finished easily giving FC Dallas a 1-0 lead.
FC Dallas was whistled for a pass back to goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez in the 14th minute of match, which gave Alianza a dangerous indirect free kick opportunity from just outside the six-yard box. Colombian Michael Barrios stepped up to make a big defensive play for Dallas, charging off the goal line to block the shot with his chest, sending the ball over the end line and preserving the one-goal lead.
Urruti picked up his second of the game in the 27th minute, when Fabian Castillo recovered the ball in Alianza’s half of the field. Castillo quickly worked the ball to Mauro Diaz. The Argentine continued the combination play on to his countryman, Urruti, who found ample space in the middle of the pitch, just outside of the area. Urruti picked his head up and curled a hard shot around Iglesias to put Dallas ahead, 2-0.
Diaz found the back of the net to make it 3-0 in favor of FC Dallas in the 61st minute. The play began on the opposite side of the pitch, with an Alianza corner kick. Following the cross, Barrios sprinted to beat his man to the ball and ignited Dallas’ counter attack. The ball went out wide to Castillo, who waited for Diaz to make his run into open space. Castillo played a perfectly-weighted pass ahead of Diaz and the playmaker turned goal scorer, chipping Iglesias from just inside the area.
Diaz punished Alianza FC for a foul just outside the area in the 83rd minute. The No. 10 picked out the perfect spot, just over the top of the wall and just under the crossbar, to make it a 4-0 final.
DAL – Max Urruti 4
DAL – Max Urruti (Mauro Diaz, Fabian Castillo) 27
DAL – Mauro Diaz (Fabian Castillo) 61
DAL – Mauro Diaz 83
FC Dallas: Jesse Gonzalez, Zach Loyd, Maynor Figueroa, Matt Hedges, Atiba Harris (Walker Zimmerman 73), Fabian Castillo (Timo Pitter 74), Victor Ulloa, Carlos Gruezo (Juan Ortiz 88), Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz, Max Urrutti (Tesho Akindele 83).
Substitutes not used: Chris Seitz, Moises Hernandez, Kellyn Acosta, Juan Ortiz, Maruo Rosales, Aaron Guillen.
Alianza FC: Elmer Iglesias, Danny Torres, Ivan Garrido (Juan Carlos Portillo 77), Ramon Martinez (Edson Melendez 72), Rodolfo Orellana, Herbert Sosa (Elmer Abarca 58), Rudy Valencia, Isaac Portillo (Miguel Blanco 81), Jose Manuel Iglesias (Steve Purdy 77), Oscar Guerrero (Rodolfo Zelaya 69), Willis Plaza (David Diaz 69).
Substitutes not used: Rolando Morales.
First Half Stats:
Second Half Stats:
DAL – Atiba Harris (caution) 29
DAL – Carlos Grueso (caution) 36
ALZ – Rodolfo Orellana (caution) 49
DAL – Maynor Figueroa (caution) 57
ALZ – Rudy Valencia (caution) 59
Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistant Referee: Jeffery Greeson, Ian Champman
Fourth Official: John Dearmond
Weather: Cloudy, 72 degrees