MATCH RECAP: NYCFC 2, FC Dallas 2

FRISCO, Texas (Saturday, Sept. 17) – FC Dallas (15-8-7, 52 points) earned a point in a 2-2 draw against Eastern Conference leaders New York City FC tonight in front of 25, 204 fans at Yankee Stadium.
FC Dallas gave up an early goal to Tommy McNamara in the eighth minute of the match, when Jack Harrison accepted a pass from Roland Matarrita and played a quick pass to the would-be goal scorer. McNamara received the pass at the top of the six-yard box and knocked a short pass into the back of the net to give New York a 1-0 lead early in the match.


Dallas nearly tied the game in the 13th minute, when Mauro Rosales set up Maxi Urruti with a chip pass played over New York’s back line. Urruti shielded his defender from the ball and turned towards goal before firing a hard shot on frame. NYCFC goalkeeper Josh Saunders stood his ground at the near post and made a save, just within his reach, high above his head.

Seven minutes later, Urruti received a throw-in from Rosales, beat a defender and went straight to goal. From a similar position, near the end line off to Saunders’ left side, Urruti fired a second hard shot. Saunders also got a piece of Urruti’s second attempt but the shot was too much for the goalkeeper to handle. It deflected upwards off Saunders’ fingers, caught the bottom of the crossbar and settled into the back of the net to make it, 1-1.

FC Dallas took a 2-1 lead in the 52nd minute when Urruti and Rosales combined to set the table for Michael Barrios. Dallas’ leading goal scorer accepted the first-touch pass from Rosales and beat Saunders to his right side from close range to give FCD a one-goal advantage.

Barrios nearly netted his second of the match in the 72nd minute, when Mauro Diaz lobbed a ball over the top of the defense. The Colombian accepted the pass and attempted to chip Saunders, but the goalkeeper backpedaled and pushed the well-placed shot over the crossbar for a corner kick.

Seitz answered Saunders’ save with one of his own on Jack Harrison in the 77th minute. The FCD goalkeeper slapped the shot over the bar after Harrison redirected a header on net from an Andrea Pirlo corner kick.

NYCFC leveled the match, 2-2, one minute later when Harrison curled a ball into the area for Khiry Shelton. The 6-3 forward rose above his marker to redirect the pass into the back corner of the net.

Tesho beat three NYCFC defenders with one move at midfield and was in alone against Saunders in the 90th minute. The Canadian international dribbled to the top of the area and attempted to beat the goalkeeper low to his left side but Saunders got the slightest of touches on the shot, pushing it into the post to keep the final tally, 2-2.

 Scoring Summary:
NYCFC – Tommy McNamara (Jack Harrison, Roland Matarrita) 8
DAL – Maxi Urruti (Mauro Rosales) 20
DAL – Michael Barrios (Mauro Rosales, Maxi Urruti) 52
NYCFC – Khiry Shelton (Jack Harrison) 78

FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Ryan Hollingshead (Tesho 82), Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Maynor Figueroa, Carlos Gruezo, Kellyn Acosta, Mauro Rosales (Victor Ulloa 60), Mauro Diaz, Michael Barrios, Maxi Urruti (Atiba Harris 85).
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Carlos Ruiz, Norberto Paparatto, Juan Esteban Ortiz.
NYCFC – Josh Saunders, Ronald Matarrita, Jefferson Mena, Frederic Brilliant, RJ Allen (Khiry Shelton 63), Andoni Iraola, Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard (Steven Mendoza 42), Thomas McNamara (Jason Hernandez 82), Jack Harrison, David Villa.

Substitutes Not Used: Mehdi Ballouchy, Erik Johansen, Mikey Lopez, Tony Taylor.

Misconduct Summary:
NYCFC – RJ Allen (caution) 14
DAL – Ryan Hollingshead (caution) 28
DAL – Maynor Figueroa (caution) 31
NYCFC – Roland Matarrita (caution) 53
DAL – Kellyn Acosta (caution)  73
DAL – Carlos Gruezo (caution) 88

Referee: Alan Kelly
AR1 (bench): Claudiu Badea; AR2 (opposite): Jason White; 4th: Carlos Rivero.
Weather: Clear, 73
Attendance: 25, 204