FC Dallas players celebrate their 4-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes at Toyota Stadium on Saturday Aug 13, 2022 (photo by FC Dallas)
by Marko Ukalovic
The Dallas Stars scored three goals in the first half en route to a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening at Toyota Stadium.
Dallas has points in four of its last five matches and sit in third place in the Western Conference with 42 points. San Jose has two of its past three matches and anchor the bottom of the conference with only 24 points.
FC Dallas (11-7-9-42 points) drew first blood in the third minute. Alan Velasco centered a ball over to Jesús Ferreira who buried home a shot past ‘Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski, who made his first start after suffering a concussion two weeks ago, for his first goal of the match.
Marco Farfan doubled FC Dallas’ lead in the 20th minute. Sebastian Lletget found Farfan inside the box on the left side. Farfan’s shot from a tough angle beat Marcinkowski for his first goal of the season.
FC Dallas scored its third unanswered goal of the first half when Ferreira recorded his brace in the 41st minute. Ferreira started a counter attack for FC Dallas. After a give and go with Paul Arriola, Ferreira’s initial shot was blocked by Nathan but Ferriera gained his own rebound and shot into an empty net for his team leading 14th goal of the season.
San Jose (5-12-9-24 points) were too busy defending in the first 45 minutes to muster much of an offensive attack.
FC Dallas picked up where it left off in the first half with their fourth consecutive goal in the 57th minute. Lletget recorded his second assist of the match when he found Velasco in the middle of the pitch. Velasco blasted a shot from 30 yards out into the right corner of the net for his first goal of the season.
Jeremy Ebobisse spoiled FC Dallas goalkeeper Maarten Paes’ bid for a clean slate in the 60th minute. Benji Kikanovic found Ebobisse just outside the box along the left side. Ebobisse rifled in a shot that hit the crossbar and into the back of the net for his team leading 14th goal of the season.
Paes only needed to make one save on just two shots on target to earn the victory. Marcinkowski made two saves on six shots in the losing effort.
GAME NOTES: San Jose finished the match with seven corner kicks. FC Dallas had two.
San Jose lost for the first time in Dallas since 2017 (2-1-2).
UP NEXT: San Jose returns home to host LAFC on Saturday 8/20 at 7:00pm at Pay Pal Park.