FC Dallas win on Independence Day

Players compete for possession (Photo: FC Dallas)

FC Dallas celebrated America with a 4-2 win over DC United on Independence Day at Toyota Stadium.

After a tight start to the match DC United opened the scoring in the 30th minute after Patrick Nyarko was afforded space. That allowed Nyarko to cross to an inexplicably wide open Ian Harkes who scored with his first touch.

In the 41st minute FC Dallas finally made a corner count as Victor Ulloa sent the corner in to the mixer. The ball found Atiba Harris at the top of the six yard box and headed just inside the post to equalize.

Just before the break FC Dallas was able to take the lead through some strong work with Mauro Diaz and Ryan Hollingshead. Diaz and Hollingshead linked up well to free Uruti who sent the ball past the keeper, allowing Hollingshead to run on to it but his effort was denied by the defense only for Roland Lamah to get on the end of the ball and easily slam it home.

Just two minutes after half-time Dallas was able to double their lead following a good start from Carlos Gruezo. Gruezo set up Michael Barrios with a ball from midfield allowing him to send the ball to Urruti who was able to squeeze it in from a tight angle, with the keeper helping by knocking it in to his own net.

In the 55th minute Lamah was at it again, as Barrios was able to set him up, allowing Lamah to seal his brace. That also saw Barrios restore his lead in the MLS assist standings.

Two minutes after that fourth goal, DC United pulled a goal back in to the match, trying to put some pressure on FC Dallas. Luciano Acosta played the ball in to Deshorn Brown, who shot low and hard past the keeper to get DC’s second but it would not be enough.

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