MATCH RECAP: FC Dallas 1, New York City FC 1 | 5.14.17

Kellyn Acosta scores third goal of the season in draw with New York

Kellyn Acosta scores his third goal of the MLS season, matching a career high in just the ninth match.  
• FC Dallas unbeaten in 14 straight MLS matches dating back to Sept. 17, 2016.
• At 5-0-4, FC Dallas remains the only unbeaten team in MLS. 

FRISCO, Texas – (Saturday, May 14) – FC Dallas and New York City FC finished even, 1-1, tonight at Toyota Stadium.

New York City FC nearly took a one-goal lead in the 16th minute when Ben Sweat received the ball on the left flank and sent a low cross through the area. Jack Harrison got on the end of the serve, hitting a first-touch shot at the back post, but his attempt skipped just wide of the bar.

Instead it was FC Dallas that took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. Michael Barrios tip-toed past a defender at the top right corner of the area and served a ball in towards Maxi Urruti. The Argentine picked up his second assist of the season by tapping the ball into the path of Kellyn Acosta, who fired a low shot past NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

Maxi Urruti nearly doubled Dallas’ lead in the 54th minute. The play began with Carlos Gruezo lobbing a ball into the area to Barrios. The Colombian could not bring the pass down cleanly, but retained possession and dribbled towards the end line before dropping the ball into the path of Urruti. The Dallas forward went to his right before hammering a hard shot high to towards the far post. NYCFC’s Johnson dove to his right side, slapping the ball up and off the crossbar to keep the score, 1-0, in favor of FCD.

New York tied the match 1-1 in the 68th minute after Hernan Grana was whistled for a foul just outside the area. David Villa stepped up to take the free kick and ripped a shot over the wall and off the crossbar. NYCFC’s Thomas McNamara finished off the chance, beating everyone to the loose ball and heading it inside the near post.

FCD nearly found the back of the net in the 72nd minute, when Barrios fed second-half substitute Cristian Colman a free look at Johnson. New York’s goalkeeper got just enough of the ball to deflect it inches wide of the post to Johnson’s right.  

Acosta also saw his first-touch strike from the top of the area bend too far wide in the 74th minute as the match finished even at one goal apiece.

Scoring Summary:

DAL – Kellyn Acosta (Maxi Urruti, Michael Barrios) 20
NYCFC – Thomas McNamara 68


FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez, Maynor Figueroa, Matt Hedges (Atiba Harris 85), Walker Zimmerman, Hernan Grana, Carlos Gruezo, Kellyn Acosta, Michael Barrios, Roland Lamah (Cristian Colman ), Maxi Urruti, Tesho Akindele (Ryan Hollingshead 88). 

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Carlos Cermeño, Atiba Harris, Victor Ulloa, Javier Morales.

New York City FC – Sean Johnson, Maxime Chanot, Ethan White, Ben Sweat, Alexander Callens, Alexander Ring, Thomas McNamara (Mikey Lopez 77), Maximiliano Moralez, Rodney Wallace, David Villa, Jack Harrison (Miguel Camargo 84). 

Substitutes Not Used: Jonathan Lewis, Erik Johansen, John Stertzer, Frederic Brillant, Kwame Awuah.

Misconduct Summary: 

NYC – Thomas McNamara (caution) 34
DAL – Carlos Gruezo (caution) 68
NYC – Ben Sweat (caution) 88

Referee: Robert Sibiga
Assistant Referees: Eric Weisbrod, Jeff Muschik
4th Official: Daniel Radford

Weather: Clear, 87
Attendance: 14,665