MLS Game Summary - FC Dallas at Toronto FC|
(Saturday, July 24, 2010)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: FC Dallas 1, Toronto FC 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Milton Rodriguez scored his first Major League
Soccer goal in the 77th minute and FC Dallas tied Toronto FC, 1-1, on Saturday
at BMO Field to extend its road unbeaten streak to seven games.
Maicon Santos scored his first goal for Toronto in the 61st minute, but Dallas
responded to earn its seventh result in eight road matches this season.
Dallas (6-2-8) suffered its only road defeat in mid-April at Red Bull New York
and has two wins and five draws on the road since. Dallas is also unbeaten in
its last seven overall.
Toronto (6-5-5) remained unbeaten at home this year but settled for its fourth
draw in nine home matches.
"I knew it would be a difficult place to play," Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman
said. "Toronto hasn't lost at home. The crowd gets behind them and brings
Dwayne De Rosario, third in MLS with eight goals, nearly put Toronto in front
in the 28th minute off a free kick but Hartman pushed the dipping 25-yard shot
over the bar. Chad Barrett had the only other shot on goal in the first half
for either side in the 45th, but Hartman made an easy save at the near post.
Barrett set up De Rosario for the first scoring chance of the second half, but
the Toronto captain wad denied by a fingertip save from Hartman. Santos tried
to turn the rebound on goal while he was on the ground, but shot wide.
Santos was on target three minutes later, as he took a perfect through ball by
Julian de Guzman and beat Hartman at the near post. De Guzman found Santos on
the left and he dribbled into the box and, despite being well defended by Zach
Loyd, found the bottom-left corner in the 61st. Santos scored once for Chivas
USA earlier this season before joining Toronto.
FC Dallas answered just over 15 minutes later through Rodriguez, who headed by
TFC goalie Stefan Frei from six yards. David Ferreira delivered the corner for
his fifth assist, and Rodriguez jumped between two defenders to drive the ball
past a helpless Frei.
"I thought they played extremely well, very intense," Hyndman said of Toronto.
"Then, something happened after they scored. They just fell back and gave us
room to play and gave us an opportunity to do the things we like to do. We
created some scoring chances and, of course, got the goal off the corner kick
with Milton, but we also put Stefan Frei under a little more pressure than he
was under earlier."
Frei, who made one save in the first 85 minutes, preserved a point for Toronto
when he dove to make a one-handed save on a deflected shot from Dallas' Atiba
Harris with three minutes remaining in normal time.
Dallas reserve goalie Dario Sala was red carded on the bench in stoppage time,
but neither team threatened on the field in the six added minutes.
"We're happy to come away with a point on the road," Hyndman said. "Since,
I've coached FC Dallas, we haven't lost here. I hope it continues that way and
I hope FC Dallas is a problem for Toronto here."
Dallas will try to extend its road unbeaten streak against the Colorado Rapids
on July 31, when Toronto also plays its next match at the Kansas City Wizards.
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