No O: Punchless Uni_n go down quietly to Dallas, 2-0

Mauro Diaz and Max Urruti both scored off of the bench for Dallas in the second half as the Union dropped all three points on a warm, rainy night in Frisco, 2-0.

Union lineup: Andre Blake; Keegan Rosenberry, Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty, Raymon Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Fafa Picault (Ilsinho 65’), Borek Dockal, David Accam (Cory Burke 74’); CJ Sapong

Dallas lineup: Jimmy Maurer; Reggie Cannon, Matt Hedges, Reto Ziegler, Anton Nedyalkov; Michael Barrios (Tesho Akindele 79’), Victor Ulloa, Jacori Hayes, Santiago Mosquera (Mauro Diaz 61’); Cristian Colman (Maxi Urruti 69’), Roland Lamah

It was the same old song and dance for the Union: lots of possession, lack of finishing, and yet another team who took advantage of young defenders. FC Dallas repeatedly split the Union defensive line with direct play and through balls, leading to no less than -six- chances on goalkeeper Andre Blake with either no or one defender involved. Meanwhile, the Union’s sputtering offense’s best chance in the first half was a curler from outside the box by Borek Dockal that barely missed picking the top left corner.

The second half saw more of the same, and although the Union played better in the second frame, it wasn’t enough. Striker C.J. Sapong beat his defender but missed an open header off of a Fafa Picault cross, popping it harmlessly over the crossbar. Minutes later, a ball fell to Sapong at the left post right in front of the goal line, but Sapong’s lack of elevation on the ball allowed a sprawling Jimmy Maurer to get a paw to it.

Blake kept the Union in the match, but he couldn’t stop Mauro Diaz’s penalty in the 64th. Diaz, who replaced Santiago Mosquera just three minutes earlier, won a corner kick which lead to a penalty call on Austin Trusty in the box, who hauled down his mark. Diaz made no mistake of it, sending Blake left then slotting it coolly low and into the right corner. Ten minutes later, Max Urruti doubled FC Dallas’s margin just five minutes after HE came on, beating Blake on yet another counter.

For the Union, this marks fourteen straight non-wins on the road, stretching back to the 4-0 thrashing they gave D.C. United at RFK last year.

Something has to change for the U: whether it’s the formation, the coach, something has to give. They cannot go on like this and expect any kind of success this season.

Their next match is next weekend against the aforementioned D.C. United in Chester in what might be labeled a must-win already.

Notes: Jack Elliott did not make the eighteen, suffering from an injury. In his place, a fit-ish Josh Yaro made his first entrance into the match day eighteen this year.

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