- FC Dallas, for the moment, takes over first place in the Western Conference with 29 points
- Mauro Diaz buries his franchise-best 10th penalty kick to give FCD two-goal lead in the 18th minute
- FC Dallas defense grabs its fifth shutout of the regular season
- FCD returns to Toyota Stadium vs. ATL on Wednesday, July 4 (7 PM) in match presented by CoServ
FRISCO – FC Dallas scored twice in the opening 18 minutes and then held on to defeat the Montreal Impact, 2-0, tonight at Toyota Stadium.
FC Dallas earned a free kick on the left flank after a sustained attack in the fifth minute. Mauro Diaz lobbed a dangerous ball into the area where Montreal defender Rudy Camacho rose above the pack to win a header. Unfortunately for the Impact, Camacho’s header deflected off teammate Matteo Mancosu and looped backwards over goalkeeper Evan Bush into in the back of the net to give FC Dallas a 1-0 lead.
Jesse Gonzalez, making his 50th regular-season start, came up with a huge save to his right side to deny Montreal’s Ken Krolicki of a goal in the 16th minute.
Seconds later, Maxi Urruti stepped in to receive a pass from Michael Barrios and was clipped by Camacho just inside the top right corner of the box. Referee Nima Saghafi pointed to the spot and Diaz opted to take the penalty kick. Dallas’ No. 10 beat Bush low to his right side, just inside the post, to give FCD a 2-0 lead.
FC Dallas nearly went ahead by three goals in the 54th minute on a play that began with an odd man rush. Barrios got the ball to Roland Lamah, who faked a shot before returning the pass to Barrios. The Colombian struck the ball with his first touch, hammering a shot towards goal, but Bush got down to his left side to push the chance away. The rebound fell to Maxi Urruti, who tried to beat Bush to the near post, but a Montreal defender stepped in to send the shot out for a corner kick.
FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez, Ryan Hollingshead, Matt Hedges, Reto Ziegler, Reggie Cannon, Carlos Gruezo (Victor Ulloa 46), Kellyn Acosta, Mauro Diaz, Michael Barrios, Roland Lamah (Santiago Mosquera 64, Tesho Akindele 73), Maxi Urruti.
Substitutes not used: Jimmy Maurer, Maynor Figueroa, Jacori Hayes, Paxton Pomykal.
Montreal Impact – Evan Bush, Chris Duvall, Rod Fanni, Rudy Camacho, Daniel Lovitz, Saphir Taider (Dominic Oduro 82), Ken Krolicki, Samuel Piette, Matteo Mancosu (Anthony Jackson-Hamel 71), Alejandro Silva (Raheem Edwards 66), Jeisson Vargas.
Substitutes not used: Michael Salazar, Ignacio Piatti, Clement Diop, Marco Donadel.
DAL: Own Goal (Matteo Mancosu) 5
DAL: Mauro Diaz (PK) 18
MTL: Chris Duvall (caution) 22
DAL: Carlos Gruezo (caution) 25
MTL: Rudy Camacho (caution) 77
DAL: Jesse Gonzalez (caution) 90+2
MTL: Daniel Lovitz (caution) 90+4
Referee: Nima Saghafi