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In pictures: FC Dallas 2-0 Philadelphia Union

What a crazy 48 hours for PSP’s Peter Andrews and Marjorie Elzey as we traveled to Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas to cover the season opener for the 25th Anniversary season of MLS.

Although the boys in Blue (White) did not get the result we had all hoped for, they did play with aggression and heart that will continue through the season.

Lamar Hunt statue on the concourse at Toyota Stadium.

 

FC Dallas fans are ready to chant and cheer for their team.

 

The official MLS ball of the season. A beautiful sight after a long off-season.

 

Although against each other today, old teammates Sergio Santos, Andre Blake, and Fafa Picault, wish each other well at the beginning of the game.

 

Warren Creavalle is after the ball with Sergio Santos reads the play to get into position.

 

Matt Real is in stride to defend the strike by Michael Barrios.

 

Brenden Aaronson is knocked off the ball by Thiago Santos in the beginning of the match.

 

Matt Hedges keeps his eyes on Santos as he gets ready for a strong pass.

 

Real leans to put pressure on Picault while Ray Gaddis moves the ball up field.

 

A trio of Union players, Jamiro Monteiro, Creavalle, and Jakob Glesnes all ignore Zdenek Ondrasek who is clearly in pain on the field.

 

Andre Blake uses his height to jump and make a great save against a backdrop of fans hoping to celebrate.

 

A yellow card is issued to Creavalle.

 

It is always great to see Union fans at away games, especially when they are Sons of Ben members.

 

Monteiro observes the field while the jumbotron in the background displays his view of the field.

 

Ondrasek, flanked by Gaddis and Glesnes, prepares to receive the ball.

 

FC Dallas teammates celebrate the goal by Ondrasek while Aaronson shows frustration in the background.

 

FC Dallas celebrates the first goal of the season, scored by Ondrasek.

 

Hedges is down and looking for a foul while Santos continues the play.

 

Ondrasek, down on the field, watches as Kacper Przybylko looks for the next opportunity for Union.

 

Ondrasek blocks the pass from Mark McKenzie to Creavalle.

 

McKenzie takes a hard fall on the field due to an arm hold by Ondrasek.

 

Paxton Pomykal roars in celebration of his goal, the second for FC Dallas.

 

The prayer after the game shows the connection the players have to each other and to their higher power. The National Soccer Hall of Fame watches over them.

 

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