Toronto FC 2 - 2 FC Dallas
By FC Dallas
FC Dallas (4-1-1, 13 points) capped its two-game road swing with an exciting 2-2 draw against Toronto FC today at BMO Field. Unbeaten in its last four matches, FC Dallas now returns to FC Dallas Stadium to face the L.A. Galaxy (2-0-2, 8 points) in a match presented by CiCi’s Pizza on Saturday, April 13.
FC Dallas put the Toronto FC back line under pressure in the 11th minute when Kenny Cooper and Blas Perez combined on the right flank to free up Zach Loyd. The right back came forward to send in a measured cross to Jackson at the back post. The line-drive pass beat the Toronto FC defender at the far corner of the six-yard box but left Jackson with a tough angle. The Brazilian attempted to beat Toronto FC goalkeeper Joe Bendik to the near post but his header flew just wide of the left post.
FC Dallas controlled possession for long stretches of the first half, eventually ending the first 45 minutes with a 57-43 edge. Near the 31st minute David Ferreira orchestrated an attack, which led to an open look for Andrew Jacobson, 30 yards from goal. The powerful center midfielder attempted to pick out the far side netting of the goal but instead had his rocket-shot crack off the crossbar before bouncing over the end line.
Moments later, Jacobson got a second crack at goal from five yards out and buried the chance to give Dallas a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute. The buildup once again came from Ferreira. The former MLS MVP won a free kick for Dallas on the right flank, 45 yards from goal. Michel opted to take the set piece and served a dangerous ball to the top of the six-yard box, where Cooper headed a pass that landed at the feet of Jacobson. From the top left corner of the six-yard box, Jacobson crushed another hard shot to the far upper post, giving Bendik no chance to get a hand to the shot.
For the sixth consecutive match, FC Dallas ended the first half with a shutout thanks to a suffocating defense that allowed zero shots on goal through the first 45 minutes.
Dallas took a 2-0 lead in the 59th minute on a goal scored by Perez. Following another set piece opportunity for Dallas, Toronto FC looked to have cleared the ball away from danger before turning the ball over near midfield. Jackson instantly looked to counter and played a perfectly-weighted pass over the top of Toronto’s backline to Perez, who had lost his marker in the shuffle. Perez gave Bendik little opportunity to make a save, blasting home a first-touch volley from seven yards out to give Dallas a two-goal advantage.
Toronto’s comeback began with a goal by Justin Braun in the 85th minute. Toronto FC’s Hogan Ephraim started the attack by playing a dangerous ball into the area from the left flank. FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez came off his line to catch the pass but instead got mixed up with defender Matt Hedges, who headed the ball high into the air. The ball fell to second-half substitute Justin Braun, who was able to head the ball into the back of the net before Fernandez could recover. The goal snapped a 272 minute shutout streak for FC Dallas.
Fernandez came up with a huge save on a point-blank shot by Toronto’s Darren O’Dea in the 88th minute but FC Dallas eventually succumbed to Toronto’s heavy pressure in stoppage time.
The final goal of the evening was scored in the 90th minute by Darel Russell, who brought down a lofted cross from Luis Silva at the top of the area. Russell managed to find space and fired a volley that caught the inside of the back post, leveling the final score, 2-2.
DAL – Andrew Jacobson (Kenny Cooper, Michel) 34
DAL – Blas Perez (Jackson) 59
TOR – Justin Braun 85
TOR – Darel Russell (Luis Silva) 90
FC Dallas – Raul Fernandez, Jair Benitez (Bobby Warshaw 86), George John (London Woodberry 45), Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, David Ferreira, Andrew Jacobson, Michel, Jackson, Kenny Cooper (Fabian Castillo 72), Blas Perez.
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Kellyn Acosta, Bradlee Baladez, Je-Vaughn Watson.
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Jackson 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Blas Perez, London Woodberry, Andrew Jacobson 1); FOULS: 15 (Jackson 5); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 2 (Michel 1, David Ferreira 1); SAVES: 4 (Raul Fernandez 4).
Toronto FC – Joseph Bendik, Darel Russell, Darren O’Dea, Gale Agbossoumonde, Richard Eckersley (Ashtone Morgan 90+), John Bostock (Justin Braun 73), Jeremy Hall, Jonathan Osorio (Luis Silva 45), Reggie Lambe, Hogan Ephraim, Robert Earnshaw.
Substitutes Not Used: Stephan Frei, Doneil Henry, Kyle Bekker, Andrew Wiedeman.
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Robert Earnshaw 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (six players with 1); FOULS: 12 (Richard Eckersley 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Robert Earnshaw 1); CORNER KICKS: 3 (John Bostock 2); SAVES: 1 (Joseph Bendik 1).
TOR – Darel Russell (caution) 14
DAL – Jair Benitez (caution) 21
TOR – Hogan Ephraim (caution) 45+
TOR – Luis Silva (caution) 58
DAL – Fabian Castillo (caution) 84
DAL – Andrew Jacobson (caution) 86
TOR – Justin Braun (caution) 90+
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Referee’s Assistants: Kevin Klinger, Kermit Quisenberry
4th Official: Mathieu Bourdeau
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Cloudy, 42 degrees