DALLAS, Texas _ The opening game of a three-game set kicking off the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Gordon Jago Super Group at the historic Cotton Bowl saw FC Dallas and SC Corinthians of Brazil play to a chippy 0-0 tie, with the local side coming up just short of stealing a win on more than one occasion.
From the onset, Corinthians appeared the more athletic side – physically bigger and stronger across the board. But it was FCD that on most occasions showed more fight in individual challenges to stay in the match.
On the whole, Dallas has to feel good about the result, having played the older Brazilian team to a draw by being the hungrier team, in large part due to the trio of Alejandro Zendejas, Martin Salas and Aaron Meyer. Zendejas is on a professional contract with FC Dallas’ MLS side and was in the team’s 18 for their clash with the Seattle Sounders Saturday night.
Corinthians had a number of corner kicks, but was not able to take advantage of their height. Dallas on the other hand, had a more than a few runs behind the Corinthians’ defense, and while they never found the back of the net, they showed flashes of danger. And late in the match, even after the red card, aggressive defense by the Dallas forwards and some sloppy and loose play from the Corinthians defense almost gave FCD the win.
One negative to come out of the game for Dallas was that captain Martin Salas earned his second yellow late in the match and was shown the red card. Also, Santiago Agudelo picked up a knock that appeared significant, and his availability is in doubt.