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Saturday, October 16, 2021

The Loons suffered another fall in a scoreless draw with FC Dallas

Willie Nelson prepares to play a concert after a Minnesota United-FC Dallas match at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Saturday night.

Like the 88-year-old, the Loons were on the road again and like many other stops along the way, a scoreless draw would be blurred into several other unfinished results for the Loons this season.

Minnesota (10-9-8) still hasn’t won Dallas in MLS play and suffered a second encounter this season with 11th-ranked Dallas (6-13-10). It is one of a growing list of draws against teams below them in the Western Conference standings.

United had three chances in the 73rd minute. Felipe made a double defense against Robin Laud and Franco Fragapen, and shortly thereafter Felipe worked to deny Emanuele Reynoso from outside the box.

Felipe then denied Lod again in the 87th minute and he finished with seven saves.

In the 89th minute, Reynoso was given a straight red card for a challenge on an FC Dallas player and the video-assisted review determined it was a “serious foul play”. The Loons will be without their top playmaker on top of three starters on international duty next Sunday against Colorado.

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Dallas took a 1-0 lead in the 61st minute after Michael Boxall passed Ryan Hollingshead and scored. But a handball on Hollingshead caused VAR to waive the goal.

Goalkeeper Tyler Miller was forced to stretch to a full corner of the net in the opening moments of the match to deny FC Dallas’s Brandon Cervania. It was a busy opening half, where he had to make three saves. Miller got some help with center back Michael Boxall to get FC Dallas star Ricardo Pepi off the ball during a run in the box.

Meanwhile, The Loons scored only one goal in the opening 45 minutes.

The Loons brought back two key midfielders, Reynoso and Ozzy Alonso, after being rested in a 3-1 loss to DC United on Wednesday.

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