Recap: NYCFC Earn Draw in Dallas

USA Today

by Anthony J. Merced

NYCFC earned a hard-fought draw against one the league’s top teams in FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night. Tommy McNamara tied the game with a goal in the 68th minute and the team could have won after key missed chances late in the game. Overall Patrick Vieira’s side started the toughest challenge in their four game road trip with a positive result.

FC Dallas started fast with a Kellyn Acosta goal in the 20th minute. A scramble for the ball in the box, and a missed clearance by the NYCFC back line, opened the chance for Acosta who put a first-touch shot past goalkeeper Sean Johnson. Minutes later it seemed as if Dallas would score again, forcing a key save from Johnson. The team survived the onslaught and was able to respond well in the second half.

The moment of the game was in the 68th minute when a David Villa free kick rang off the post, falling to McNamara for the equalizer. It was McNamara’s second goal of the season as he replaced Yangel Herrera in the midfield. Dallas would push forward with more offense late in the game but NYCFC’s defense held strong, pulling a point from a difficult road fixture.

New York City’s road trip continues on Wednesday when the team travels to Utah to play Mike Petke’s Real Salt Lake team. The point gives the team a one point lead in fourth place with a chance to hop up the table with a road win midweek.

Starting XI:

NYCFC: Johnson; White, Chanot, Callens, Sweat; Moralez, Ring, McNamara; Harrison, Villa, Wallace

FC Dallas: Jesse Gonzalez; Grana, Zimmerman, Hedges, Figueroa; Barrios, Acosta, Gruezo, Lamah; Akindele, Urruti

Scoring Summary:

20′ (FC Dallas) Kellyn Acosta
68′ (NYCFC) Tommy McNamara

Discipline:

34′ (NYCFC) Tommy McNamara YELLOW CARD
51′ (NYCFC) Alex Ring YELLOW CARD
86′ (FC Dallas) Carlos Gruezo YELLOW CARD
88′ (NYCFC) Ben Sweat YELLOW CARD