In front of a sellout crowd at Toyota Stadium on Monday night, FC Dallas set a new franchise record with their 15th straight home match without a defeat as they won 4-0 over Orlando City.
The result also sent FC Dallas top of the Western Conference as they now lead the Colorado Rapids by one point (34 to 33), after the Rapids drew 0-0 with Portland also on Monday evening.
Pressure from forward Maxi Urruti provided FC Dallas with an early corner kick in the 11th minute, which the home side was able to convert into the game’s opening goal.
Defender Walker Zimmerman was easily able to shed his marker, former FC Dallas player Brek Shea, and move into open space in the penalty box. His side-footed finish past goalkeeper Joe Bendik was simple enough from Mauro Diaz’s corner, and gave FC Dallas a 1-0 lead.
Ten minutes later it was midfielder Michael Barrios who put FC Dallas 2-0 up, finishing a lovely passing sequence by chipping over Bendik for his sixth goal of the season.
Urruti provided the assist on Barrios’ goal, playing the young Colombian in on goal after receiving a header from Atiba Harris. The finish from Barrios did the build-up play justice as well, as he lifted the ball over the on-rushing Bendik into the center of the goal to double the Dallas lead.
Orlando was unable to trouble Chris Seitz in the FC Dallas net during the first half, failing to force him into any meaningful stops.
Two defensive substitutions were made at halftime by Orlando City, with manager Adrian Heath taking off center back Tommy Redding and star midfielder Kaka for Seb Hines and Servando Carrasco. It wasn’t enough to stop poor marking on set pieces though, as Zimmerman had two chances to grab FC Dallas’ third goal of the match.
After an ambitious bicycle kick attempt by Zimmerman was easily saved by Bendik, the defender saw a point-blank header somehow saved by the Orlando City goalkeeper. Bendik did not know much about the header, which came from an unmarked Zimmerman, but still reacted swiftly enough to parry the attempt aside.
He was not as fortunate in the 61st minute though when Matt Hedges extended the Dallas lead to 3-0. His unmarked header from another Diaz corner easily sailed past Bendik and into the net, marking Hedges’ first goal in 32 matches for FC Dallas.
A late fourth goal for FC Dallas came courtesy of Fabian Castillo, who tapped into an empty net after an unselfish feed from substitute Tesho Akindele. Akindele beat the Orlando City offside trap before passing to Castillo, who scored his fifth goal of the season to wrap up the victory up for FC Dallas.