Nashville SC threatened to make it back-to-back wins over FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium, but the new expansion side couldn’t find a way past Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer. In the end, both teams had to settle for a 0-0 draw.
Story of the match
It was the second match in five days between the clubs in their regular season restart, with neither side competing in MLS is Back Tournament due to COVID-19 concerns. David Accam scored late to lift Nashville SC to their first MLS win Wednesday night in Frisco. The players had to be patient, however - as the kick off was delayed three-and-a-half hours due to severe weather in the Frisco area. Both teams still competed in a very lively first half.
Maurer was forced to make a number of quality saves to deny Alistair Johnston on his first MLS start and Randall Leal in quick succession just past the half-hour mark. Anibal Godoy nearly punished FC Dallas for playing out of the back, pouncing on a turnover and again testing Maurer, who dived to his right to make another save.
The closest to a goal, though, came in the 64th minute, when Dom Badji was inches away from scoring against his former club but put his attempt off the post. David Accam came on in the 74th minute and almost repeated his super-sub status after his efforts on Wednesday night. He picked off a Maurer clearance and lobbed toward the empty net from nearly midfield in stoppage time, but there would be no late drama as the teams shared the points.
Takeaways from the match
Many will be sure that if Nashville were told they would get four points from their opening two games in MLS, they would have definitely have been happy. In fact, they were the more dangerous side throughout, despite FC Dallas putting on the pressure in the closing stages of the match. For Dallas, they know they will have to be much better in their next games to start to register any wins, though they looked better than they did Wednesday night - so it's step in the right direction for them.
Stand out players
Despite no goals in the game and a mistake towards the end of the match that nearly let Accam in to score, Jimmy Maurer was solid throughout, especially when Nashville SC were the better side in the first half. The experienced goalkeeper made seven saves to earn FC Dallas a clean sheet.
FC Dallas — Jimmy Maurer; Johnny Nelson, Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Reggie Cannon; Thiago Santos, Bryan Acosta, Franco Jara (Ricardo Pepi – 73’); Paxton Pomykal (Fafa Picault – 55’), Zdenek Ondrasek (Jesús Ferreira – 55’), Michael Barrios (Santiago Mosquera – 83’).
Substitutes not used — Kyle Zobeck, Bressan, Eddie Munjoma, Edwin Cerrillo, Tanner Tessmann.
Nashville SC — Joe Willis; Daniel Lovitz, Dave Romney, Walker Zimmerman, Jalil Anibaba, Alistair Johnston (Taylor Washington – 66’), Dax McCarty, Hany Mukhtar (David Accam – 73’), Anibal Godoy, Randall Leal (Derrick Jones – 66’), Dominique Badji (Abu Danladi – 73’)
Substitutes not used — Daniel Rios, Jack Maher, Matt LaGrassa, Elliot Panicco, Brayan Buckeles.
Up next for both
FC Dallas are back in action on Friday night against Houston Dynamo - kick off at 8pm ET. Nashville SC play on Saturday night at 7pm ET against Atlanta United. Both games are MLS LIVE on ESPN+, and on DAZN in Canada.