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Late goal gets Dallas past Toronto

Stephen Keel on the ball against Stoke
Stephen Keel on the ball against Stoke
Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

FC Dallas continued their solid start to the season on Saturday night as they managed a 2-1 win over Toronto FC at Toyota Stadium.

The win sees FC Dallas recover from their first loss of the season just one week ago, as they continue their impressive scoring form that sees them near the top of the league in that statistic.

FC Dallas were by far the superior side as they forced Toronto to defend for almost all the entire match, with 16 corners forcing the reds to defend.

Despite all of that attack from Dallas it was Toronto FC who hit the lead in the 21st minute, coming from a piece of poor defensive work from FC Dallas.

The ball was cleared, only as far as former Dallas man, Jackson, who was able to play Issey Nakajima-Farran free in to the box, only for the Canadian veteran to see his shot saved, but the ball fell back to Nakajima-Farran, allowing him to volley it home.

Michel was proving to be his typical, dangerous, self on set-pieces and just moments later could well have gotten his side back on level terms as he sent in a free-kick that beat the Toronto wall but was denied as Julio Cesar put the ball out for a corner that came to naught.

But the goal did come, in the 32nd minute as Michel swung in a corner for Matt Hedges, who was able to beat Mark Bloom to the ball and head home a vital goal.

It was only Dallas’ poor finishing that stopped the score being more at the break as they were by far the dominant side of the half but at the break they were still on level terms.

It was absolutely all Dallas in the second half as Toronto looked completely out of the match but they did have a solid chance in the 66th minute.

Kyle Bekker sent an impressive free-kick that almost got past the keeper but Chris Seitz was alert enough to get back in the goal and make the save just before it crossed the goal line.

But with two minutes to play FC Dallas did have their winner as Michel sent a long free-kick over the Toronto defense, which allowed Stephen Keel to head the winning goal home.

The result is another blow for Toronto, who have spent big in the off season but look to be struggling without Jermain Defoe, while Dallas continue to have a solid start to their 2014 season.

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