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Did VAR get it right in changing Rooney’s straight red to yellow?

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Did DC United’s Wayne Rooney get the superstar treatment?

The English veteran was initially sent off from Thursday’s match against FC Dallas following a tactical foul on Michael Barrios.

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Barrios had Rooney beaten for pace and was racing down the right side of the pitch when he was felled by a lunging kick to his trailing leg.

Referee Nima Saghafi initially paused before producing a straight red card from his back pocket, and reds are subject to video review in Major League Soccer.

The offense was changed to a caution upon review, perhaps because it was a fair assumption to expect that Rooney rakes his studs on Barrios and it wasn’t quite like that.

Fair or foul?

Youthful FC Dallas side earns home win over Colorado

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The kids are alright in Dallas as a 2-1 win over Colorado pushed them into the mix near the top of the Western Conference standings four games into the 2019 season.

The Dallas starting 11 included five homegrown players and included 18-year-old Jesus Ferreira as well as 18-year-old Edwin Cerrillo and 19-year-old Paxton Pomykal. 20-year-old Reggie Cannon and 21-year-old Pablo Aranguiz also manned the midfield, making goalscorer Michael Barrios feel like an old man at 27.

And yet, it was Barrios who opened the scoring just past the half-hour mark. He received the ball near the top of the box and let rip a speculative effort, contorting his body awkwardly to get power on a near-post shot, and it was enough to slip by Tim Howard.

Colorado pulled level in the 69th minute as Tommy Smith chested the ball into the back of the net with Jesse Gonzalez on the ground. VAR gave it a look but determined Smith did not handle the ball as he was on his knees on the doorstep.

Sticking with the home side’s theme, FC Dallas brought 17-year-old academy product Thomas Roberts off the bench, and it was he who helped create the winner. His assist to fellow sub Zdenek Ondrasek fed the latter with a shot, and while that was saved, Ryan Hollingshead was on hand to slot the ball home.

Report: No forfeit, MLS fines FC Dallas for player error

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FC Dallas broke an MLS rule, one that could’ve cost it a playoff spot.

As dramatic as it sounds, the MLS guidebook says that FCD could’ve forfeited the point garnered in a draw vs. Orlando City after using an improper player.

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Michael Barrios was removed from the Starting XI after the lineup was submitted to officials, which does not allow him to sub into the match according to league rules. The idea would be that a team could gain a tactical advantage by flipping the script. Fair play.

Barrios entered for the final six minutes of last week’s scoreless draw with Orlando, but MLS has decided not to award a forfeit because Dallas’ error was complicated by the referee crew allowing Barrios to sit on the bench as a substitute.

A stripped point would’ve dropped Dallas, a preseason favorite, two points behind Houston and a point behind Real Salt Lake and San Jose in the race for the West’s final playoff spot.

And two points more for Orlando would boost it ahead of Montreal, Philadelphia, and New England, being just a pair of points behind New York Red Bulls for the East’s final playoff spot.

Instead, MLS will fine Dallas $75,000 in General Allocation Money and $25,000 cash for its mistake.

Here’s FourFourTwo’s Paul Tenorio, the man who’s been all over this story, with the explanation.

MLS Snapshot: FC Dallas 2-0 Seattle Sounders (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): FC Dallas moved to within a single point of the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference and in the race for the 2016 Supporters’ Shield (FCD lost last year’s Shield on goal differential) following Saturday night’s 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders at Toyota Stadium. Mauro Diaz opened the scoring with fewer than three full minutes on the clock, and Michael Barrios provided the late insurance goal to give Oscar Pareja’s side its (tied for) league-leading seventh victory on the season (13 games played). The Sounders, meanwhile, continue to tinker with their starting lineup (Clint Dempsey moved back up top in this one, with Jordan Morris deployed on the right wing — Morris’s four-game scoring streak came to an end) and formation, and remain eighth in the West, four points back of sixth-place Real Salt Lake (who play on Sunday).

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Three moments that mattered

3′ — Marshall gives away a PK, Diaz converts — Chad Marshall took Walker Zimmerman down inside the penalty area, and Diaz made no mistake on the ensuing penalty kick.

58′ — Frei comes up big to deny Barrios — The through ball from Diaz was a work of art. It’s too bad that Stefan Frei is such a hater of all things beautiful. Barrios needs to finish this one.

80′ — Barrios finishes this time, makes it 2-0 — Mauro Rosales’s chipped through ball might have actually been better than Diaz’s slow roller above. Barrios’s finish certainly was on this attempt.

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Man of the match: Mauro Diaz/Rosales

Goalscorers: Diaz (3′ – PK), Barrios (80′)

MLS Snapshot: DC United 0-3 FC Dallas (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Get comfortable, D.C. United fans, for I fear it’s going to be a really, really long year for your beloved Black and Red. The only way “Benny (Olsen) Ball” works is if your side can remain tactically disciplined in midfield, rarely or never turn the ball over in the middle third of the field, and defend in a mistake-free fashion. On Saturday, United did none of the above, and were duly handed a 3-0 home defeat to FC Dallas. The majority of Olsen’s side is either well past their prime, not good enough to be a regular starter in MLS, or playing woefully poor while out of position. Fabian Espindola even had a penalty saved on Saturday, and Marcelo Sarvas was shown a red card as well. Michael Barrios bagged a pair of goals on the afternoon and Maximiliano Urruti scored the other (his third in four games this season), dropping United to 0-2-2 on the season. FCD, meanwhile, improve to 3-0-1 and move level on points with Sporting Kansas City atop the Western Conference standings.

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Three moments that mattered

14′ — Barrios pounces on the mistake, makes it 1-0 — Kofi Opare and Taylor Kemp had something of a miscommunication, affording Barrios an unobstructed trip inside the penalty area, where he curled one home past a helpless Travis Worra in goal.

28′ — Barrios gets in behind, makes it 2-0 — Mauro Diaz played the simplest through ball for the easiest assist he’ll register all season, and Barrios went outside-of-the-foot for 2-0. It’s not meant to be that easy.

52′ — Urruti finishes from Castillo’s cross for 3-0 — Urruti had so much time to take his 52nd-minute goal that he took not one, but two touches before finishing past Worra for 3-0. Shocking defending from United.

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Man of the match: Michael Barrios

Goalscorers: Barrios (14′, 28′), Urruti (52′)