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New York City FC 1, FC Dallas 1: Boys in Blue battle back in Big D

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Tommy McNamara makes the start and makes good. Really good.

MLS: New York City FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

I’m OK with the idea that any draw on the road in MLS is a good result. And if a road draw is a positive, a road draw at FC Dallas is practically a win. And tonight at Toyota Stadium, Tommy McNamara brought New York City FC back from a goal down to walk away with an even split, 1-1.

It was just the second time this year that Dallas, still undefeated in 2017, didn’t take all three points in the friendly confines of Frisco.

Here’s how the good guys lined up:

GK: Sean Johnson

DEF: LB Ben Sweat, CB Alexander Callens, CB Maxime Chanot, RB Ethan White

MID: CM Alex Ring, CM Tommy McNamara, CAM Maxi Moralez

FWD: LW Rodney Wallace, CF David Villa, RW Jack Harrison

The proceedings kicked off downright dismally for the visitors, who couldn’t find their way into the game. While New York City had all the possession their pretty little behinds could have asked for, Dallas were firmly on the front foot in the opening half, no more so than in the 20th minute.

If you want the USMNT to have a future, you can’t afford to hate Kellyn Acosta. But this one hurt.

The NYCFC back line, and particularly Alexander Callens, were getting fairly outfoxed by the Cowpokes in the danger area. Over and over again, the hosts dumped the ball out to the right, took one cut inside, and discovered an entire pulpy fucking choose-your-own-adventure novel.

But luckily for the Boys in Blue, tonight was one of those bend-don’t-break nights.

(FOX makes a good point: even though these two combatants drew even today, all moms won.)

With just over 66 minutes gone, Patrick Vieira started coaching up Miguel Camargo on the edge of the sideline. Were NYCFC making an attacking sub in search of a late leveler? Yes. Of course!

But then, the universe sighed its magical sigh.

Thomas McNamara (First of His Name) struck hard and true just after David Villa attempted valiantly to do the same, pulling thousands of swords from thousands of stones in the instant.

To be clear, Camargo did come into the game. It just happened 16 minutes after it was supposed to because Tommy Mac willed it to be so, amen.

In their own danger zone, the Boys in Blue found a way to clamp down enough. Really, as much as ever, New York City fans ought to thank the soccer gods for Alex Ring. You’d struggle to find a team in MLS that wouldn’t benefit from the particular way he marauds. He’s like an Alien, but he’s also like a Predator.

It’s worth shouting out the efforts of Maxime Chanot and Sean Johnson, too. And on the occasion, those efforts would suffice in the house of the defending Open Cup and Supporters Shield champs. All told, a goal and a point apiece.

This fixture would have figured to be as tough as they come, but it only gets harder for New York City over the next three weeks: with Wednesday night comes a far-flung showdown with Real Salt Lake, followed by consecutive Sunday trips to Orlando and Atlanta.

Honestly? That doesn’t sound good to us at all, particularly given the fact that Yangel Herrera is away with the Venezuela U20s and Ring is a yellow card away from a one-game suspension.

But it definitely makes a hard-earned point in North Texas all the more satisfying.