FC Dallas 0, @ Columbus Crew 0

By Clay Massey

Chances were few and far between in a goalless draw in a match that was delayed 18 hours due to weather related circumstances.  The hot and humid conditions, injuries, suspensions and missing players due to the World Cup made for a cautious game where neither team tried to push too far forward.

The best chance of the first half fell for FC Dallas and Michel.  A corner came in and was was deflected down straight to the brazilian.  Michel blasted the ball towards the net, but Michael Parkhurst was directly in its’ path and chested it away from the net.  The team that would have converted just one chance would have came away victorious, and Tesho Akindele had one of those clear cut chances.

Andres Escobar dribbled into the Crew box after a run from near midfield.  He slid the ball across the grass into Akindele’s path.  Akindele shot at the open net but smashed the post instead.  The Crew kept out another Dallas chance when David Texeira’s header looked to be going in, but it was saved on the line by Steve Clark.  The Crew had the last chance of the match when Jairo Arrieta had an open chance at goal.  Arrieta hit the side netting with Chris Seitz beat.  The match ended at 0-0.

Chris Seitz made two comfortable saves on the day, while the Crew’s Steve Clark was called into action only once, and he made the massive goal-line stop that was needed of him.  Both the Crew and FC Dallas are back in action on July 4th.  FC Dallas face Philadelphia in Frisco and the Crew travel to Colorado to take on the Rapids.

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