Chester, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - FC Dallas preserved its perfect start to the season on Saturday by claiming a 2-0 victory over the 10-man Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.
The Union controlled large stretches of the opening period, but the turning point came in the 42nd minute when Zach Pfeffer was issued a straight red card for a reckless elbow thrown in the direction of Mauro Diaz.
Dallas regrouped at halftime and capitalized on the one-man advantage within five minutes of the restart as Tesho Akindele collected a loose ball, darted into the penalty area and fired a shot past Rais Mbohli.
The lead was doubled in the 59th mintue when Ryan Hollingshead took a square pass from Fabian Castillo and placed a low shot into the bottom corner of the net for his first career MLS goal.
The visitors continued to apply pressure to Philadelphia's defense, but the two-goal margin was more than enough to see Dallas improve to nine points through three games.