FRISCO, Texas — FC Dallas defeated D.C. United 2-0 in front of an announced sellout Fourth of July crowd of 19,096 fans Thursday night at Toyota Stadium.
The scoring started early for Dallas as Santiago Mosquera returned to the score sheet for the first time in 2019. After a shot from midfielder Brandon Servania forced a tough save out of D.C. keeper Bill Hamid, the ball went out to Ryan Hollingshead, who crossed the ball in, finding the leg of Mosquera, who was able to send it home to make it 1-0 in the 6th minute.
Dominque Badji doubled the scoreline in the 65th. Mosquera again was the facilitator, taking a shot that, again, Hamid did not handle. Badji was there on the doorstep, tapping in the shot to give Dallas a 2-0 lead.
“We know what happened midweek,” head coach Luchi Gonzalez said. “That was a lesson. We’re growing. Any adversity we go through in terms of lost points or lost opportunity, it gives us more energy to channel into other ways in the future.
“I really liked the way we ended the Portland game, pushing the game, and I asked the boys to continue that into this game. I felt like we did that. We pushed the game and I thought D.C. was unfortunate with the red card in the end but that’s not our problem, we just gotta keep playing and pushing the game, no matter the circumstances.”
Dallas seemed to fly all over the pitch with one of the most dominant performances of the season. The team controlled 58 percent of the possession and tallied 23 shots — nine of them on-frame — while holding D.C. United to just eight shots.
“When one guy pressed, we all pressed,” midfielder Paxton Pomykal said. “We stuck to our gameplan and executed. Not only myself in the midfield but Brandon [Servania], and Bryan [Acosta] covered a lot of ground for me and we combined really together today.”
Jul 4, 2019; Frisco, TX, USA; FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez (1) make a save on a D.C. United shot during the first half at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The game was not without some controversy. In the 30th minute, midfielder Wayne Rooney lost the ball to Dallas winger Michael Barrios. In an effort to stop the counter, Rooney stuck a leg out, catching the knee of Barrios. Ref Nima Saghafi initially went to the back pocket for a red card but after a VAR check, switched his decision to yellow.
D.C. did, however, have a player ejected in the 68th minute. Midfielder Luciano Acosta, who came on as a substitute, went side by side with Pomykal. After the two got tangled up, Acosta landed on the face of Pomykal with his feet.
Nothing was made from it in the beginning, but VAR called Saghafi back to the monitor, and he awarded Acosta a red for violent conduct.
In all, the game featured six cards and 33 fouls.
“That was the challenge,” Gonzalez said. “You have a decision. You go out there and you decide if you want to push the game or are you satisfied? They obviously showed on the field that they wanted to push the game. We’ll keep working on it.”
Next up for FC Dallas is friendly on Sunday at Toyota Stadium against Club Tijuana of Liga MX, which is managed by former FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja.