FRISCO, Texas _ The Colorado Rapids dominated FC Dallas to get their first win of the season, and their first road win in 16 games with a 4-0 dismantling of the home team. Both teams lined up in a 4-2-3-1 and made minimal changes. Tesho Akindele and Dominique Badji were the strikers for their respective clubs.
FC Dallas were missing Matt Hedges, who picked up an injury in training Thursday. The UNC product would be replaced by Walker Zimmerman. There was no Mauro Diaz for a second week in a row as he deals with a lower body injury. Zach Loyd slid back into centerback and Je-Vaughn Watson made his first start since re-signing with FC Dallas earlier this season.
The Rapids came out swinging and dominated a flat FC Dallas for the entire first half. The 67th overall pick in this year’s Superdraft got the Rapids on the board in the 2nd minute. Dominic Badji finished an aggressive Dillon Powers cross from the right side on the volley to make it 1-0. It is the first goal of Badji’s career and the Rapids first goal in 601 minutes.
The Plano native would grab a goal of his own in the 43rd minute. The former Andromeda SC and Plano Senior High School product beat Watson and fired a shot across goal and into the right side netting past Chris Seitz to make it 2-0. Powers, the son of Dallas Sidekicks player Mike Powers, would play through the 81st minute before being subbed for Dillon Serna.
Dallas had a promising start to the second half. In the 54th minute, Tesho forced Clint Irwin to make a save, the rebound came straight to second half sub, Kyle Bekker who laid it off for Fabian Castillo whose shot was blocked. That would be the only real chance for FC Dallas. The home side only mustered three shots on target in total.
Colorado put the nails in the coffin shortly after with Gabriel Torres and Dillon Serna goals. Torres scored in the 70th minute when a fought for ball fell to him on the right side of the box, Torres powered hit home past Seitz. Serna scored a screamer just four minutes after coming into the game, smacking one from about 25 yards out that left Seitz helpless. It was eerily similar to his goal against D.C. United last season. Both goals were their firsts of the season. The match would end 4-0 and the FC Dallas players looked visibly stunned at the final whistle.
FC Dallas have now lost two in a row, and return to action Saturday when they play hosts to Canadian club, Toronto FC. The Rapids improve to 1-3-1 and face Seattle on Saturday as well when they return to Denver.