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Second-half surge leads FC Dallas past 10-man Union

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Through the first three weeks of the MLS season, FC Dallas’ attack has looked as potent as any in the league.

That attack once again provided for FC Dallas in the form of a 2-0 victory over a 10-man Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on Saturday. Tesho Akindele and Ryan Hollingshead provided second-half goals

In the midst of a scoreless first half, the game turned on its head in the 42nd minute when the Union went down a man after Zack Pfeffer was sent off for an elbow on Mauro Diaz, giving the FC Dallas front line even more space to roam.

That space was exploited just seven minutes into the second half, as Akindele pounced on a bad touch to get in all alone on goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi. The reigning Rookie of the Year banked his shot off of the Algerian goalkeeper, giving his side the 1-0 advantage.

Hollingshead doubled that advantage in the 59th minute on an assist from Fabian Castillo. After receiving the ball at the top of the box, Hollingshead took a pair of touches before firing to M’bolhi’s right to secure maximum points for FC Dallas.

With the victory, FC Dallas has earned a win in each of the team’s first three games, while the Union remain winless with a pair of draws.

The Union have a chance to get into the win column on March 29 against the Chicago Fire, while FC Dallas looks to keep its unbeaten start alive against the Seattle Sounders on March 28.

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  1. Didn’t get to watch a lot of the game but I saw a good deal of the second half, seconds after the red card. It took me a few to figure out that we were looking so good because of the man advantage, and from what I saw we could have had two or three more. To be fair, almost no one had their shooting boots on…Philly squandered a few good chances with wayward shots, and I have a strong feeling that this would have been a much closer game without the red card…possibly even Dallas’ first loss or draw of the season if the “chips fell” for Philly as Broad St Hooligans is hoping will start happening.

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  2. The Union have been terribly unlucky so far this season. They were the clear better team against Colorado, and multiple major calls missed. They had Salt Lake beat until the worst call of the week. This week it wasn’t the refs, but it still feels almost as bad. Don’t get me wrong, Pfeffer deserved the red, but they were the better team in this game for most of the first half as well. The first half was end to end, but they had the better of the chances in the first half, and with a 20 year old Pfeffer driving the offense and doing it well. They definitely haven’t been the best team in the league, but when the chips start falling there way they’ll be a bigger force in this league than many give them credit for.

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  3. Hollingshead is quite an interesting player. He kind of has that drunken boxer thing going for him. You don’t really know what he’s going to do with the ball and then he creates a scoring opportunity out of nothing.

    No wonder Dallas waited on him to come around…he has produced goals and assists consistently while he has been with the team.

    He’s one to look at in USMNT camps. The squad needs game-breakers and he can manufacture chances consistently.

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