Match Recap: FC Dallas 2, Philadelphia Union 0 | 2.29.20

Zdenek “Kobra” Ondrasek, Paxton Pomykal score the first two goals of the 2020 season

  • Jesse Gonzalez makes his 100th MLS start for FC Dallas. 
  • Tanner Tessmann makes his MLS debut two days after signing his Homegrown contract with FC Dallas and records his first assist in stoppage time.
  • Zdenek Ondrasek scores the first goal of the season for FC Dallas.
  • Paxton Pomykal scores his first career goal at Toyota Stadium.

Frisco, Texas – FC Dallas kicks off its 25th season with a 2-0 shutout win at home against the Philadelphia Union. Second half goals from Zdenek Ondrasek and Paxton Pomykal extend FC Dallas’ unbeaten home opener record to 11 matches.

Game Summary
First Half:

  • 18’ Michael Barrios tests Philadelphia goalkeeper Andre Blake from a Fafa Picault cross from the left for the first shot on goal for FC Dallas. 
  • 31’ Jesús Ferreira goes close with an effort just inside the 18-yard box, sending a curling shot wide of the top right corner. 
  • 39’ Jesse Gonzalez makes his first save of the night after saving a right-footed shot from Kacper Przybylko.

Second Half:

  • 50’ Thiago Santos has a great chance to put his side in front, but puts it into the side netting. 
  • 61’ – Zdenek Ondrasek scores the first goal of the match with an expertly taken finish outside the 18-yard box. The striker created space for himself with a great first touch and volleyed it home with his right foot to kick off 2020 in style.   
  • 90’+1’ – Paxton Pomykal scores the second goal of the night after a good link up play with Tanner Tessmann inside the box. 

Lineups: 

FC Dallas Jesse Gonzalez; Ryan Hollingshead, Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Reggie Cannon; Thiago Santos, Tanner Tessmann, Jesús Ferreira (Paxton Pomykal – 76’) ; Fafa Picault (Bressan – 65’), Zdenek Ondrasek, Michael Barrios (Ricardo Pepi – 90’+3’). 

Substitutes not used Jimmy Maurer, John Nelson, Bryan Reynolds, Santiago Mosquera.

Philadelphia Union — Andre Blake; Matt Real (Jack Elliott – 90’), Mark McKenzie, Jakob Glesnes, Raaymon Gaddis; Jamiro Monteiro, Warren Creavalle (Anthony Fontana – 79’), Alejandro Bedoya; Brenden Aaronson (Ilsinho – 66’); Sergio Santos, Kacper Przybylko.

Substitutes not used — Joe Bendik, Olivier Mbaizo, Michee Ngalina, José Martínez.

Scoring Summary:
FCD: Zdenek Ondrasek (Jesús Ferreira) — 61’
FCD: Paxton Pomykal (Tanner Tessmann) — 90+1’ 

Misconduct Summary:
PHI: Matt Real (caution) - 26’
PHI: Jakob Glesnes (caution) - 59’
PHI: Warren Creavalle (caution) - 67’
PHI: Sergio Santos (caution)  – 84’
FCD: Zdenek Ondrasek (caution  – 86’ 

Weather: Mostly Sunny, 75
Attendance: 16,216

Referee: Robert Sibiga
Assistant Referees: Jason White, Eric Weisbrod
4th Official: Elton García 
VAR Official: Kevin Terry Jr. 

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