Michael Barrios’ first-half goal helps FC Dallas earn draw in 2019 home opener

FC Dallas played to a 1-1 draw with New England Revolution in the first game of the 2019 Major League Soccer season. FC Dallas' Michael Barrios, who wears number 21, scored in the 13th minute of the match. The home opener was dedicated to former FC Dallas Technical Director and National Soccer Hall of Famer, Fernando Clavijo, who also wore number 21 as a player with the U.S. Men's National Team. 

First Half:

  • 2’ – Teal Bunbury attempts a left-footed volley from the edge of the box but it skews well of Jesse Gonzalez’s goal.
  • 8’ – Jacori Hayes hits a shot just over the bar after receiving a cutback from Reggie Cannon at the top of the box.
  • 10’ – Dominique Badji has his first sight of goal with a low left-footed drive from outside the box but the shot is directly at Brad Knighton in goal.
  • 13’ – Michael Barrios scores FC Dallas’ first goal of the 2019 season after receiving a knockdown header from Dominique Badji at midfield and carrying the ball 50 yards into New England’s box before beating the goalkeeper with a low shot into the far post.
  • 32’ – Michael Barrios nearly gets on the end of Reggie Cannon’s cutback but the danger is cleared away.
  • 45’ –  Antonio Delamea nearly scores the equalizer for New England from a header off a set piece by Carles Gil.

Second Half:

  • 57’ – Carles Gil scores the equalizer for New England with a left-footed shot into the near post after receiving the ball in the box from a knockdown header by Antonio Delamea.
  • 67’ – Ryan Hollingshead connects with Michael Barrios’ cross but his volley is straight at Knighton in goal.
  • 79’ – Bryan Acosta attempts a shot from outside the box but it sails well over the bar.
  • 89’ – Bryan Acosta sends a left-footed volley high over the bar.

FC Dallas — Jesse Gonzalez; Ryan Hollingshead, Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Reggie Cannon; Carlos Gruezo, Bryan Acosta, Jacori Hayes (Paxton Pomykal – 73’); Santiago Mosquera (Jesus Ferreira – 81’), Dominique Badji, Michael Barrios.
Substitutes not used — Jimmy Maurer, Matheus Bressan, John Nelson, Edwin Cerrillo, Pablo Aranguiz.
New England Revolution — Brad Knighton; Brandon Bye, Edgar Castillo, Antonio Delamea, Jalil Anibaba; Juan Agudelo (Diego Fagundez – 78’), Carles Gil, Cristian Penilla, Wilfried Zahibo, Scott Caldwell (Luis Caicedo – 90’); Teal Bunbury.
Substitutes not used — Cody Cropper, Michael Mancienne, Tajon Buchanan, DeJuan Jones, Justin Rennicks.
Scoring Summary:
FCD: Michael Barrios – 13’
NE: Carles Gil – 57’

Misconduct Summary:
NE: Wilfried Zahibo (caution) – 19’
FCD: Reto Ziegler (caution) – 56’
NE: Antonio Delamea (caution) – 70’
FCD: Dominique Badji (caution) – 71’
Weather: Cloudy, 41
Attendance: 14,327
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referee: Eduardo Mariscal
Assistant Referee: Kathryn Nesbitt
4th Official: Jon Freemon
VAR Official: Kevin Terry Jr.
AVAR Official: Jonathan Johnson

Postgame Quotes:

FC Dallas Head Coach Luchi Gonzalez
General Thoughts on the Game 
Disappointing when you’re up and the game ends in a tie for both the team and the staff.  It was 10 minutes of casualness in the second half that punished us for that game-tying goal. But If you remove those minutes, I have to be proud and happy about our progress among a lot of other things. We connected a lot of passes, showed confidence and courage in our play to combine under pressure. We wanted to have more of the ball in their half, as there was a lot of possession within our own half and around half field, where I feel the next step is to do it closer to their goal.
This is a team that has shown that they’re winners as they’re disappointed with a draw, even though it could be a valuable point as the season progresses, as we’re here at home and always want to play and win for our fans, the club, and for this family.
The point is positive knowing we had moments of making it a win, so I have to be proud of the boys to have an identity and know that with hard work and commitment we will improve with time.

On His MLS Head Coaching Debut 
Honor. Not too much time to think but I'm sure I'll have a reflection now. I would have liked to have three points for our fans, so I'm disappointed and I know I can do better. I know we can do better. I'm going to enjoy the journey to be better. 


FC Dallas Defender Reto Ziegler
On the game.
I think we really tried to play football today with our tactics, especially in the first half. New England was waiting for us, they didn’t press us. We had good ball possession but were really not dangerous enough. In the second half, the first 10-15 minutes we came out a bit too sloppy without energy and next time we have to change that. We have to be ready to attack in the second half from the first minute.

On pulling the group together at halftime
It’s something we’re doing this year. We did it in preseason. We just want to talk and improve and see what we can do better for the second half. It’s a good way to do that all together. 

On being named captain
It’s an honor for me, I’m really proud of that. The coach and the team trust in me and I try to give it back to everybody back on the field. 


FC Dallas Midfielder Michael Barrios  
On conceding the goal and trying to recover themselves....
Like I said we kept losing the ball a lot. They were trying to keep us in our own half by launching the ball over our heads and trough these set pieces. They scored a free kick, and they stunned us early in the second half. We are going to improve on these little details so we can work for the next games.
 On his link up play with Reggie Cannon...
Reggie and I have a good partnership on the right side. We started working together last year, and we work day by day to improve on that. Our chemistry will be key throughout the season. We’re going to work within us and as a team to build us better.
 On the next fixture vs. LA Galaxy...
The next game will be more complicated because we are playing a team with a lot of history. We need to work on keeping more possession of the ball and winning these battles on both ends of the pitch. We need to be ready for the second ball in any plays as well. Now we just wait to see what our coach [Luchi] wants us to analyze and improve before the next game.

FC Dallas Forward Dominique Badji
Thoughts on the match
I think we could’ve been a little more clinical in the box. We had a lot of good crosses, a lot of good opportunities that if we were just a half step ahead we would’ve put in. The positive is we had those chances. We created a lot of good chances, we were solid defensively and that goal is something we can avoid. I think if we clean up those things and get to the end of balls then we’ll be fine. 
 On the ability to maintain preseason form at the start of the game
Definitely, the majority of the first half, if not all. The second half we came out flat-footed. The first 10-15 minutes weren’t really the way we wanted to play but after we got past that little struggle we were in, the rest of the game was good. 
 On Barrios’ goal
Luchi’s instilled that on us and although we want to move the ball and pass and combine passes, sometimes you have to use a player’s strength. Mikey is fast and I can hold up play and flick on balls, so it was just one of those chances where we went back to doing what we naturally do and it was a great finish by Mikey.