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FC Dallas Draws 1-1 with Minnesota United FC

June 19, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Dallas News Release

Frisco, TX - FC Dallas (1-3-4, 7 points) split the points with Minnesota United FC (2-5-1, 8 points) thanks to a second-half goal from 18-year-old Ricardo Pepi at Toyota Stadium Saturday night.

Game Summary

First Half:

7' - SHOT (DAL) - Jáder Obrian found an opening between the defenders and fired a low shot from outside the box but Minnesota's Tyler Miller made the save.

24' - SAVE (DAL) - Jimmy Maurer saved Minnesota's Adrien Hunou left-footed shot at the top of the six-yard box after Romain Métanire sent a through ball to the forward.

36' - GOAL (MIN) - Minnesota scored the first goal of the night when Franco Fragapane scored the rebound after Maurer saved Hunou's initial shot inside the box.

Second Half

56' - SHOT (DAL) - José Martínez fired a curling shot from outside the box but Miller made a jumping save.

68' - GOAL (DAL) - FC Dallas finds the equalizer when Ricardo Pepi curls his shot past Miller after he received the ball at the top of the box from Ryan Hollingshead and pushed through Minnesota's defense.

70' - SAVE (DAL) - Maurer saved Hunou's right-footed shot from the center of the box following a cross from Ethan Finlay.


FC Dallas - Jimmy Maurer; Johnny Nelson, José Martínez, Nkosi Tafari, Ryan Hollingshead; Jáder Obrian (Kalil ElMedkhar - 79'), Facundo Quignon (Tanner Tessmann - 79'), Bryan Acosta, Paxton Pomykal (Jesús Ferreira - 46'); Andrés Ricaurte (Franco Jara - 46'); Ricardo Pepi (Edwin Cerrillo - 90').

Substitutes not used - Phelipe Megiolaro, Justin Che, Ema Twumasi, Dante Sealy.

Minnesota United FC - Tyler Miller; Chase Gasper, Bakaye Dibassy, Michael Boxall, Romain Métanire; Wil Trapp (Emanuel Reynoso - 74'); Hassani Dotson, Jacori Hayes (Osvaldo Alonso - 67'), Niko Hansen (Ethan Finlay - 67'), Franco Fragapane (Juan Agudelo - 82'); Adrien Hunou (Ramon Ábila - 79').

Substitutes not used - Dayne St. Clair; DJ Taylor, Brent Kallman, Justin McMaster.

Scoring Summary:

MIN (0-1): Franco Fragapane - 36'

DAL (1-1): Ricardo Pepi (Ryan Hollingshead) - 68'

Stats Summary: FC Dallas/Minnesota United FC

Shots: 15/18

Shots on Goal: 4/8

Saves: 7/3

Corner Kicks: 6/4

Fouls: 13/15

Offside: 1/0

Misconduct Summary:

MIN: Bakaye Dibassy (caution) - 2'

MIN: Chase Gasper (caution) - 67'

DAL: Ricardo Pepi (caution) - 84'

DAL: Franco Jara (caution) - 89'

MIN: Michael Boxall (caution) - 89'

Weather: Sunny, 92

Attendance: 16,455

Referee: Marcos de Oliveira

Assistant Referees: Chantal Boudreau, TJ Zablocki

Fourth official: Elton García

VAR: Jon Freemon

FC Dallas Postgame Quotes

FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez

General thoughts on the match...

"The two halves were different. We were slow, not connected. I thought we were hiding from the ball in the first half. When we don't have numbers around the ball then we don't have as many options. And then when we lose it, because you're going to lose it eventually, we don't have a good transition because of the numbers. That to me is courage and energy and all the things I think we've done quite well despite results. But we didn't do that, so we weren't able to have any type of volume. We got what we deserved first half. Halftime we made some adjustments bringing Jesús (Ferreira) in. We've missed Jesús. He's still getting his fitness and form back but I thought he made an immediate impact. Franco (Jara) gave us some good energy, just some physicality as well to hold the ball up. We slid (Ricardo) Pepi wide because we still wanted Pepi in the game to get on the end of something. We feel he's an efficient player if he gets some chances which he took care of. So, I thought the adjustments at the half gave us energy, mobility and that courage."

On midfielder Facundo Quignon's debut...

"He's a player that you can see is going to help us. He still needs to get more integration with the team. I would've probably kept him on the field if there wasn't a fitness concern, he was dragging a little bit in terms of energy. But he's got good tools. He still needs time to integrate but you need games to integrate. So, welcome Facundo. I think he's important to let other players play their normal positions."

FC Dallas forward Ricardo Pepi

On his game-tying goal...

"I saw the space open and Ryan (Hollingshead) played that ball. I didn't think he'd play the ball but I just saw it coming and hit it first-time. I saw the space was open so I hit it with the outside of my foot to that side and it went in. I made that run for the ball to get on my left side and moved a little bit because I knew the angle was going to be hard on the right side so I moved to the left side and luckily it fell there."

FC Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer

Reaction to the game...

Yeah you got to take it for what it is right. It's all those things. It's a lot of frustration that's not the way we want to play at home. Of course it's good to show that fight and come back in the second half and show that maturity to push through a game and to be fair that's what's hurt us this year it's kind of the lack of letting one bad moment affect us too much and so tonight we were able to rebound so that's big and we need to grab onto that moving forward but at the same time it's a lot of frustration it's just too many times we're not putting a complete game together and so many times we're not taking full three points at home.

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