In what proved to be a physical battle in the late summer Dallas heat saw Anton Tinnerholm leave the match in the 23rd minute with an apparent head injury and other players take various bumps and bruises throughout.
The match started well, and quickly, for New York City. Just 39 seconds after the first whistle was blown, Taty Castellanos scored the opening goal. After gaining possession of the ball, Maxi Moralez pushed the play up the wing and found Tinnerholm. He then crossed the ball to Castellanos who while standing in front of the Dallas goal hit a single touch over Dallas keeper Jesse Gonzalez.
The roadside kept the pressure on Dallas but was unable to extend the lead, much to the frustration of NYCFC’s head coach, Doménec Torrent.
“In the first 30 minutes we could have scored two or three goals, but after that, we were lacking,” he said. “We played maybe 30 to 35 minutes amazing, maybe the best away game. But, also, it was the worst. We had to change Anton and we lose the control and we don’t keep the ball.”
NYCFC was able to maintain its slim one-goal lead until just past the hour mark. In the 66th minute, Dallas forward Zdenek Ondrasek would beat Sean Johnson to level the match at one. And while the home side kept the pressure on New York City and controlled much of the final 20 minutes it was unable to find a second goal.
“We played very bad in the last 50 to 60 minutes,” Torrent said. “In the second half, we keep the ball for five or six seconds and when that happens you are in trouble. I’ve talked about it many times on why I like to play and keep the ball because when you have the ball they don’t, it’s as simple as that.”
Up next for New York City is a home match against second-place Atlanta United, which sits four points behind NYCFC in the Eastern Conference. Kick-off for the final regular-season home match at Yankee Stadium is 7 p.m.
“It’s a big game, I mean Atlanta is there in second place, so it is going to be difficult,” said New York City midfielder Keaton Parks. They always play well even without Josef Martinez they have a lot of quality players. Same with us though, so it’s going to be a good game and hopefully we can get a win at home.”