D.C. United 0, FC Dallas 3 | 2016 MLS Match Recap
FC Dallas finished the first month of their MLS season in emphatic fashion on Saturday, as they headed into the nation's capital and made light work of D.C. United.
Dallas scored twice in the first half to cruise to a 3-0 win over a D.C. United team that finished with 10 men at RFK Stadium. Michael Barrios bagged a brace inside the first 28 minutes of the match, and Maximiliano Urruti added an insurance goal early in the second stanza.
D.C. United struggled to create clear quality chances throughout the game, but had a golden look via a penalty kick in the 65th minute. Fabian Espindola took a poor attempt from the spot that was saved, however, and Marcelo Sarvas was sent off with a straight red card just seconds later.
The result improved FC Dallas to 3-1-0 on the year, and kept D.C. United winless at 0-2-2.
- 14' -- DAL - Michael Barrios
- 28' -- DAL - Michael Barrios (Mauro Diaz)
- 52' -- DAL - Maximiliano Urruti (Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz)
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- NOSE FOR GOAL: Since the start of July 2015, Michael Barrios has scored nine times in MLS games. Only nine players have found the back of the net more often in that span.
- ROUGH START: The new season has not gone how D.C. United had envisioned. Saturday's defeat dropped the Eastern Conference club to 0-3-3 in all competitions this year.
- PULLING THE STRINGS: With his two-assist outing on Saturday, Mauro Diaz has now delivered eight helpers in his last 10 games for FC Dallas. He also has four this year, which currently ranks as tops in MLS.