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Barrios bags brace as FC Dallas dominates D.C. United

Photo by Brad Mills/USA Today Sports

Photo by Brad Mills/USA Today Sports

While D.C. United remained without a win in 2016, FC Dallas’ high-flying attack continued to shine on Saturday.

FC Dallas dominated D.C. United at RFK Stadium en route to a 3-0 win in the nation’s capital. Defensive woes were evident in the loss for D.C. United, as Michael Barrios scored a brace and Maximiliano Urruti added a second-half goal.

In the 14th minute, Barrios curled a shot from approximately 25 yards past D.C. United goalkeeper Travis Worra. The chance came after DCU defenders Taylor Kemp and Kofi Opare failed to clear the ball. As Kemp fell, Barrios took possession and a couple touches before scoring.

Barrios scored with a shot from the outside of his right foot in the 28th minute. When Mauro Diaz pushed a pass in front of him, Barrios beat a D.C. United defender to the ball and finished before Worra was able to dive.

Offseason addition Urruti finished the rout with a goal in the 52nd minute. Kemp trailed Urruti to a cross into the 18-yard box, but couldn’t keep up with Urruti once the ball was received. Urruti finished into the bottom right corner to make it 3-0.

With the win, FC Dallas improves to second in the Western Conference through four games played.


With two goals,¬†Michael Barrios¬†stood out in this match. His capitalization on D.C. United’s disorganized defense created the early lead as FCD was able to pull through for the shutout. Mauro Diaz dealt in the midfield this match, recording two assists.


The 14th minute set the tone for D.C. United. This was when Barrios scored his first goal of the game after a moment of miscommunication between Opare and Kemp. Overall, D.C. United struggled defensively against one of the best offensive teams in the league.


Two of FC Dallas’ goals came directly due to D.C. United’s defense being out of position. Particularly, Taylor Kemp had a difficult game, having to keep up with FC Dallas’ quick attack. Kemp was unable to keep up with Barrios for the game’s first goal and was out of position defending Urruti in the game’s third goal.


  1. Why is Ben Olson still their coach? .. He should’ve been let go when DC had a worse a year than Chivas USA…

    That bounce back season was a mirage..

  2. DCU looks to be in serious trouble early on. An aging front line, disorganization and some sloppy play across the first 4 games. Plus the loss of Kitchen in front of the back line. Guess we’ll see about a mid season run that DCU tends to have under the current coaching regime…


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