Nashville SC, FC Dallas settle for 0-0 draw

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Jimmy Maurer made seven saves, but FC Dallas again failed to defeat expansion Nashville SC at home, settling for a 0-0 draw on Sunday night in a match that kicked off after a 3-hour, 29-minute severe weather delay.

Four days after Nashville’s 1-0 win over Dallas (1-1-2, 5 points) in both teams’ first competitive matches in more than five months, Dallas arguably performed worse in the second game at its home Toyota Stadium, even if it escaped with a point.

The hosts at least created more of the chances in the first match, which was decided by a late goal from substitute David Accam. This time, Nashville was clearly the aggressor for most of the late evening contest, leading 21-12 in shot attempts and 7-1 in efforts on target.

Joe Willis needed only one save to preserve his second consecutive clean sheet for Nashville (1-2-1, 4 points), marking his first back-to-back MLS shutouts since July 7 and 14 of 2018 with Houston.

Alistair Johnston, the 11th overall pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, made his first MLS start for the visitors.

Dominique Badji nearly gave Nashville the lead and scored his first goal for the club in the 64th minute when he took a pass with his back to the goal, turned near the penalty spot and fired a quick, left-footed shot that struck the inside of the right post but failed to cross the goal line.