FC Dallas Tops Inter Miami 1-0
It's the first shutout of the season for FC Dallas as they grit out a tough result on teh road.
Tonight, on Easter weekend (for some fans), a bunch of guys named Jesus ran around and did their thing in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, including Jesus Ferreira, Geovane Jesus, and Jesus Jimenez (his first start with FCD).
A rebounded or deflected pass or shot from Alan Velasco landed at the feet of Jesus Ferreira, who coolly slotted it home. The goal was enough to claim all three points for the visitors. The goal also marked Jesus’ 40th league goal, placing him at a solidly prolific level as a young scorer. In other words, he’s special.
FC Dallas dominated the first half as Inter Miami struggled to generate many meaningful chances. In the second half, however, Inter Miami looked for the equalizer with near reckless abandon. Nico Estevez opted for defensive subs to try to lock down the result. Jesus Ferreira, in particular, came off early holding his leg after a foul.
Credit to Inter Miami and their Goal Keeper Callendar for denying opportunities that would have made the scoreline more comfortable for the boys from Frisco.
A late penalty call almost dampened FC Dallas’ party, but on a VAR review, no foul was found. The penalty was dismissed. Estevez thought VAR shouldn’t have been needed in the first place, because there wasn’t a foul on the scrambling play in the box.
Maarten Paes is no doubt pleased to get his first shutout, and he continues to be one of the standout players on the side. He had a couple of key saves that limited Inter Miami.
Fun note: This is the second away match that FC Dallas Head Coach Nico Estevez has earned a yellow card for dissent. After the game, Nico commented that he needs to stay calm during those tense moments, but for the most part, he also wants refs to call the game by the book.
Next up, FC Dallas welcomes Real Salt Lake to Frisco next weekend.