FC Dallas, one of the hotly favored teams for the 2016 Major League Soccer title, got their season off to a perfect start on Sunday afternoon. FC Dallas cruised to a 2-0 victory over Philadelphia Union at Toyota Stadium to get things started.
It was a dominant performance from FC Dallas, and they could have opened the scoring in the 13th minute. Max Urruti was able to get a shot away after Atiba Harris sent the ball in for Urruti at the top of the box, but was denied by a great Andre Blake save.
That was only the start from FC Dallas as they had another opportunity just three minutes later when Fabian Castillo got free at the top of the box. Castillo was played in after a Michael Barrios was forced wide, forcing him to lay it off for Castillo whose shot was blocked by Fabinho’s chest.
In the 22nd minute FC Dallas had their opening goal of the match as Carlos Gruezo stole possession from a sliding challenge, falling to Kellyn Acosta. That allowed Acosta to send the ball for Mauro Diaz who sent the ball to Castillo who slid the ball underneath the goalkeeper.
That goal would hold through to half-time as FC Dallas continued to control proceedings and they came out determined to get a second. A corner was sent on to goal by Maynor Figueroa who was able to get a header away but Blake tracked the ball well and made a great save.
But the second half quickly became a tight midfield battle, as Philadelphia tried, and failed, to get control of the match and have chances. Dallas kept control of much of the possession but struggled to create clear chances, keeping the match tight.
The second goal finally did come in the 79th minute and again it was Diaz who provided the assist as he stole the ball from Fabinho. That allowed him to set up Urruti who was able to finish the chance, running on to it and hitting it in stride, sending it home off the bar.