DENVER – Luchi Gonzalez’s FC Dallas side traveled to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday in hopes of registering a well-deserved victory before the next international break. But despite a positive start to both halves at Commerce City, FC Dallas fell 3-0 to Colorado Rapids as former FCD player Michael Barrios sealed the victory with 20 minutes remaining.
In the opening quarter of the game, FC Dallas lived up to left-back Ryan Hollingshead’s promise earlier in the week to “come with a lot of energy and be ready to fly.” Gonzalez’s side were pressed by their hosts as they looked to bolster goalie Jimmy Maurer’s game. The Rapids, set up in 4-4-2, had their best opportunities at the start of this high pressure.
This was the case with 13 minutes on the clock, as a roll in possession and a change of play allowed Rapids back Keegan Rosenberry to pull himself together, before firing a low shot in the far corner for his first goal. of the season.
Both teams had important scoring opportunities as the first half progressed. FC Dallas’s Jáder Obrian completely missed his left-footed shot when a cross found his way to him at the far post, before Diego Rubio hit the post for the Rapids. At this point, the Rapids were gaining confidence and seemed largely happy for FC Dallas to possess the ball in front of them before breaking out of form in the offensive transitions.
In the 37th minute, there was a huge chance for the Rapids to double their lead. The hurried Nicolas Mezquida arrived to crush the ball and try to recover a shot under a challenge from Bressan, who replaced Matt Hedges, injured, in the center of FC Dallas. After a VAR check, the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
Maurer saved the resulting kick, however, springing to his left and seemingly offering his team a lifeline. Seconds later, the Rapids doubled their lead as Barrios directed a loose ball into the path of Auston Trusty, whose shot was stopped by Maurer before hitting Tanner Tessmann and rolling into the empty net.
At halftime, FC Dallas head coach Gonzalez introduced John Nelson and Paxton Pomykal in hopes of triggering a comeback.
Star man Franco Jara almost provided it two minutes into the second period when he chased a shot, pushed Danny Wilson and saw his shot flipped over the crossbar. However, Jara made a frustrated figure for most of the night and was largely on the outskirts of the game. Six minutes later, Nelson’s left-footed shot was blocked by Rapids goalie William Yarbrough.
Another offensive change came when striker Ricardo Pepi replaced anchor midfielder Tessmann, but whatever substitutions Gonzalez made, his side couldn’t force his return. In the 71st minute, Barrios cut inside; drifting past Martinez on his way, before kicking the ball past Maurer.
The result keeps FC Dallas rooted deep in the Western Conference and extends fans’ expectations for a first road victory of the season. The team are heading towards the international break with work to do before they return to action at Toyota Stadium against Minnesota United on June 19.
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