FC Dallas use strong second half to draw Colorado Rapids

While the severe weather in Texas was the extreme heat that impacted matches in San Antonio and Houston, in Colorado it was a different story. Severe weather delayed FC Dallas’ match against Colorado Rapids by 45 minutes but eventually they got on the pitch, with FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids playing out a 1-1 draw at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night.

After just ten minutes FC Dallas had their first chance of the match when Ryan Hollingshead flicked a ball over the Colorado defense. That allowed Michael Barrios to run on to it but new Rapids keeper, Tim Howard, did well and made the save.

Colorado’s first chance came in the 21st minute as Shkelzen Gashi flicked the ball on for Kevin Doyle, who shot but was denied by a Maynor Figueroa clearance off the line. In the 33rd minute Marlon Hairston ran through the FC Dallas defense and ran on goal, that allowed him to shoot but the shot was deflected after a strong recovery from the FC Dallas defense.

With one minute before the break, Colorado finally got the goal they were hunting for after another run from Hairston. He ran up from midfield and was able to round the keeper, leaving himself with an easy finish to give Colorado a 1-0 lead at the break.

Just after the hour mark FC Dallas went close to getting an equalizer through an impressive free-kick. Mauro Diaz sent the ball in, finding Atiba Harris who got a shot away but it was much too tame, allowing Howard a simple save.

After they dominated the second half, FC Dallas finally broke through with just eight minutes to play through a stunning strike. Victor Ulloa got on the end of a clearance and hit a powerful strike from 30 yards out that hit the top corner of the net. Toward the very end of the match, Michael Barrios hit a powerful shot which could have stolen three points for FC Dallas but Howard saved well to keep the final score 1-1.

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