A late goal from left back Ryan Hollingshead, combined with a first-half goal from Michael Barrios, was enough for FC Dallas to outlast the Colorado Rapids 2-1 at Toyota Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
FC Dallas had their opportunities to score throughout the first half, starting in the second minute with a chance for Dominique Badji, and finally converted in the 35th minute. Barrios took a pass across the box from Jesus Ferreira, turned, and neatly fired to complete a true team goal and get the home side on the board.
The Rapids couldn’t convert on any of their first-half opportunities — most notably, an enticing Keegan Rosenberry cross to goal that Matt Hedges deftly cleared from a sliding, angling-to-finish Nicolas Mezquida.
The second half held more chances for FC Dallas, but they weren’t able to get a final ball in on three separate opportunities in the half’s first 20 minutes. Then, on a 69th minute Rapids free kick from Jack Price, Kei Kamara elevated and headed the ball off the post, and Tommy Smith bundled in the rebound to equalize — though it took Video Review to confirm the ball had indeed crossed the line.
In the 82nd minute, two second-half subs brought a chance that Dallas finally was able to capitalize on: 17-year-old academy product Thomas Roberts fed Zdenek Ondrasek with a potential assist; though Ondrasek was denied via a Tim Howard kick save, Hollingshead was right behind to put in the rebound for the game-winner.