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PRESEASON | Tesho Akindele scores twice as FC Dallas earns draws vs Racing Club

More than halfway through their Argentina preseason trip, FC Dallas battled Argentines Racing Club in a pair of 70-minute friendlies on Saturday morning in Buenos Aires.

First Match:

FCD Lineup: Seitz, Figueroa, Hedges, Harris, Grana (Cannon 55), Gruezo, Lamah, Cermeno (Acosta 36), Barrios, Urruti (Chala 36), Colman (Tesho 45)

Racing took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute on a corner kick played to the near post. FCD looked to have it covered but Racing midfielder Pulpo Gonzalez cut in front of his marker at the last second and headed a ball just inside the near post to goalkeeper Chris Seitz's left side.

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FC Dallas right back Hernan Grana countered in the 13th minute. The Argentine cut back near Racing's end line, sending his defender tumbling to the ground. Grana sent a hard shot low towards the post but the home team's goalkeeper, Orion stood his ground and deflected the ball over the end line for a corner.

Michael Barrios knocked Cristian Colman a short pass in the 20th minute. The Paraguayan opted to rip a long drive low and towards the post but once again Racing's Orion was there to make the save, diving low to his right side.

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja tinkered with his lineup at half, bringing on Chala for Urruti to bolster the left side and replaced Cermeno with Acosta.

The additions gave Dallas more of attacking bite and the team earned two corner kick opportunities in the opening minutes of the second half.

A turnover in a bad position required Seitz to make an outstanding save to his right side to slam the door on a well executed combination inside the box, keeping the deficit at 1-0, in the 42nd minute.

Hedges was whistled for a foul in the box in the 47th minute, but Seitz bailed him out with a save on Bou. The veteran MLS goalkeeper read the shooter perfectly, laid out to his left side and slapped the chance away.

Five minutes later, Pareja's intuition paid off as Chala flew up the left side and picked out Tesho, who made a cutting diagonal run to the top of the six yard box in the 52nd minute. The Canadian international slammed the ball home from close range to bring the score to 1-1.



Barrios played Acosta in alone against Orion in the 59th minute. The Homegrown started down the goalkeeper and attempt to meg him for the goal but Orion caught just enough of the shot to keep it out of the net. Acosta recovered the loose ball before it crossed the end line. He sent a hopeful centering pass into the area for Tesho but a Racing defender stepped in to win the ball as the match finished 1-1.

Second Match:

FCD Lineup: Gonzalez, Chala (Zimmerman 36), Guillen, Hume, Cannon (Barnathan 36), trialist, Hayes, Ferreira (Rosales 36), Morales, Pomykal, Akindele (Reid 36).

Jesus Ferreira nearly put FC Dallas' second unit up a goal in the 21st minute of the second match. The young Homegrown turned a defender inside out at the top of the box before hitting a shot low and to the left of the Racing goalkeeper.

Two minutes later, Javi Morales nearly picked Tesho out with a ball played over the top of the Racing defense. Tesho arrived just ahead of the goalkeeper but the ball bounced up and directly into the hands of the net minder.

Ferreira combined with Morales and Tesho in the 27th minute, opening a chance for the youngster to put one past the Racing goalkeeper. Ferreira attempted to pick out the back post with a bending left footed shot but the goalkeeper was in position and held the ball without allowing a rebound.

Tesho scored his second goal of the day in the 33rd minute after a long buildup on the right side.  Paxton Pomykal delivered the final pass, dropping a curling cross onto the foot of Tesho. Once again the forward finished well, tapping a pass into the far side netting.



Adonijah Reid came on for Tesho in the second half and played well defensively for Dallas. Reid picked the pocket of a Racing defender, setting up a chance for Pomykal but the Homegrown's centering pass was intercepted.

Racing's second unit gained control of the ball and pressed Dallas for the early moments of the second half. Jesse Gonzalez was called upon to punch away several crosses and force two shooters to push their attempts wide but the defense held until the final minute of the match.

Brian Guille finally unlocked the Dallas defense before side-stepping Gonzalez and finishing to make it a 1-1 final.

 

Watch both games below!