By Clay Massey
FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas took care of the Philadelphia Union in-front of a sold out Toyota Stadium who were celebrating America’s birthday with the beautiful game. Dallas came out in a 4-2-2-2 with Tesho Akindele and Blas Perez up top, and Chris Seitz got the start in net. Philadelphia lined up in a 4-2-3-1 with Conor Casey as the lone striker.
It took twenty-six minutes for the scoring to get going, and a beauty opened it up. Tesho Akindele took a lovely scooped pass from Blas Perez and volleyed from a wide-open onside position near the penalty spot to make it 1-0. Philadelphia got on the scoreboard before the half. A cross from Cristian Maidana made it’s way across the FC Dallas box and Amobi Okugo was there to bury it past Chris Seitz.
In the 48’ minute a tried clearance from Philadelphia’s Fabinho caught teammate Shannon Williams’ outstretched right leg. The ball shot past Zac Macmath and into the net putting FC Dallas up 2-1. Philadelphia turned up the pressure for an equalizer but FC Dallas used second half subs of Mauro Diaz and Hendry Thomas to take control of the ball holding the 2-1 lead through full time. The Union also did not help their case when Maurice Edu was sent off for a slide tackle from behind on Blas Perez in the 89’ minute.
FC Dallas now has a four match unbeaten run in league play and 7-7-5 on the season. Philadelphia falls to 2-6-10 and will be without USMNT member Maurice Edu for their next MLS match against Colorado. Both teams return to action in U.S. Open Cup play. FC Dallas returns on Wednesday in Carolina against the Railhawks, and Philly returns on Tuesday against the New England Revolution.