FRISCO, Texas — FC Dallas continued its winless streak Saturday, falling to a rotated New York Red Bulls side 3-1 at Toyota Stadium.
FCD continued to play its way of soccer, and the Red Bulls played theirs — not dominating possession but skipping lines and pressing its opponents. They caused chaos in the first half, pressing Dallas, forcing mistakes early and scoring quickly in the first half.
Andreas Ivan beat FCD defender Reggie Cannon on the sideline and found Cristian Cásseres, who slotted the ball past goalkeeper Jesse González for a 1-0 New York lead in the 12th minute.
“I think there were some duels that cost us, that we didn’t win and that led to them getting a shot or a cross, and we need to find ways to win more duels,” Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez said. “We can have a football idea, and you can see it in the stats, but we need to match that with duels and an individual or small group moment.”
Dallas came back and tied the game up on the brink of first-half stoppage time from a Jesus Ferreira goal. Jacori Hayes found himself in possession before launching a ball into the box, finding Ferreira’s head and finding the net to tie the game up at one.
“I just got it on the right side and I had a lot of space,” Hayes said. “I picked up my head and locked eyes with Jesus and passed it. Fortunately, it went over the centerback’s head, when it was in the air I thought he would’ve ate it up but it dropped right over his head and Jesus had a great finish.”
The goal was against the run of play and it showed. New York continued to pile on the pressure, even with a much more rotated side in the second half. While the Red Bulls only had 35 percent of the ball, they continued to frustrate Dallas.
“They make it tough,” defender John Nelson said. “They press you, they don’t make it easy for you to make passes. If they’re in trouble, they play along behind us and you’re running towards your goal with a defender on you, it’s tough.”
Michael Murillo thought he had the game-winning goal after a shot that whizzed by Gonzalez in the 58th minute. His effort barely deflected off centerback Sean Nealis and was awarded to Nealis.
Red Bulls forward Brian White sealed the deal in the 85th minute, finishing an Omir Fernandez pass with Dallas pushing numbers up late. White snuck in, one-timing the shot past Jesse Gonzalez to make it 3-1.
It’s another tough run of results for Dallas, whose system under Gonzalez has done well in the categories that he emphasizes, such as possession, passes and shots on target, but has not resulted in points for the team.
“I love our group in the sense that we tried to play,” Gonzalez said. “Their two goals were immediately after we didn’t put away our chances, and that’s soccer. If we don’t put away, you get punished. We didn’t put our chances away and they literally go a minute later and score their goal. The other play, Santi hits the post and they come back on the same play and score. It’s football and we’re going to stand up and work. We got work to do.”