FRISCO, TEXAS— FC Dallas (6-13-10) hosted Minnesota United (10-9-8) Saturday night in a scoreless draw where Brazilian Goalkeeper Phelipe Megiolaro made six saves that helped his side keep the clean sheet.
Winless in the last six games, FC Dallas, under Interim Head Coach Marco Ferruzzi sought to turn their negative path around and turn them into positive results.
In a situation where there’s no room for error, FC Dallas attempted to go up in the scoreboard early in the game. FC Dallas tried numerous times to score, but only three of those attempts went on goal.
FC Dallas had a few occasions via Colombian winger Jáder Obrian that led FC Dallas with goalscoring opportunities but were shut down quickly.
The second half was slightly better for FCD, but again their efforts were stopped by the Minnesota defense. U.S. international Ricardo Pepi had a few plays
In the 63rd minute of the match, Ryan Hollingshead scored for FC Dallas, but VAR ruled out his goal after handling the ball with his hand.
In the 89th minute of the game, Minnesota’s Emanuel Reynoso received a red card after a foul on Szabolcs Schön.
Marco Ferruzzi gave his comments about the match:
“We had chances and shots on goal,” said Ferruzzi. “Defensively, I felt secured and confident with the group. They played like men today and created a standard for those starting spots.”
Per Ferruzzi, Megiolaro started over Jimmy Maurer to give the squad a break and give freshness after playing for three straight games. Megiolaro had a great match of his own and was able to deny Minnesota’s efforts to score on goal ending the match with six saves. Saturday night was an excellent match for the Brazilian goalkeeper and a massive booster on his confidence and Maurer’s ahead of the season.
“Felipe was solid all the way through,” said Ferruzzi. “(Felipe) made a few stops to helps us keep the clean sheet.”
Megiolaro also commented on his performance as well as his side’s performance on Saturday night:
“I helped the team keep the clean sheet,” said Megiolaro. “I feel very happy to have helped the team not get scored on. We played very well today; we just missed to score.”
FC Dallas had not had a clean sheet in ten straight games since Aug. 7 when they faced Texan rivals Austin FC. Despite conceding a total of 22 goals in those games, conceding was not an option against Minnesota United.
“From my point of view, we have allowed a lot of goals,” said Megiolaro. “Today, we wanted to play and not allow a goal—that felt like a victory.”
Felipe Megiolaro was named player of the match by FC Dallas after his outstanding performance. A performance that even the social media team of Minnesota were not happy about it:
FC Dallas midfielder Brandon Servania shared his thoughts about the match:
“We were focused on keeping the clean sheet, but we weren’t unable to score¬— but are disappointed with each other,” said Servania. “We had a huge amount of confidence, thanks to Phelipe; he played a big role in keeping the clean sheet.”
Following Saturday night’s game, Ricardo Pepi will travel out to play with the U.S. Men’s National Soccer team for their respective World Cup Qualifiers matches.
“I think he’s ready to go the U.S,” said Ferruzzi. “He’s had a though long three games, had good moments— now it’s time to take a quick breath and focus on the U.S.”
This is Pepi’s second call-up to the USMNT following his senior team debut in September, where he scored his first USMNT goal and recorded two assists in the 4-1 win against Honduras on Sept. 8 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The USMNT will play against Jamaica on Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas. The team will then travel to Panama on Sunday, Oct. 10, and make a return stateside, where they’ll face Costa Rica in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, Oct. 13.
FC Dallas sits in the Western Conference’s eleventh position and is now 10 points away from the playoff line with only five games left into the season. FC Dallas depends on themselves, and a series of combinations of results go their way to make it above the playoff line.
FC Dallas returns to Toyota Stadium after the FIFA International break on Oct. 20, where they’ll host Western Conference rivals LAFC. This match will be of enormous importance for Ferruzzi and company as they’ll seek a spot in the playoffs. Although the task and goal of reaching the playoffs are getting thinner as games go by, FC Dallas must win— there are no second chances.