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Columbus Crew SC Fall in First Preseason Game to FC Dallas

Crew SC fell 3-1 to FC Dallas, but dominated in the second half.

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

In their first preseason game of 2015, Columbus Crew SC fell 3-1 to FC Dallas in the semifianls of the ATX Pro Challenge in Austin, Texas.

The Black and Gold started the game with a lineup that featured many expected opening day starters.

New striker Kei Kamara had the first shot of the game in the opening minutes, but his effort was saved and no one was there to finish the rebound.

At the 30th minute mark, Dallas opened the scoring courtesy of forward Blas Pérez. After former Colorado Rapids left back Chris Klute was caught too far forward, Perez got the ball at the top of the box and fired a pass by goalkeeper Steve Clark.

Eight minutes later, Dallas doubled their lead, this time thanks to midfielder Ryan Hollingshead. After a Michael Parkhurst header deflected off a teammate and went straight to FC Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo. He raced down Crew SC's right side and fired a shot that Clark saved, but the rebound fell right to Hollingshead for an easy tap in.

Dallas made it 3-0 just before the halftime break thanks to another goal from Hollingshead and another assist from Castillo. Another deflection gave the ball to the midfielder who raced down into the box, took the ball by Clark and hit a shot that hit the post. The rebound again went to Hollingshead who once again demonstrated composure with an easy finish.

As he said he would, head coach Gregg Berhalter made a full 11 changes at halftime. These change made a difference, as the Black and Gold dominated the second half.

The pressure and possession finally paid off in the middle of the second half when new midfielder Kristinn Steindorsson redirected a Ethan Finlay cross to cut the deficit to two.

Despite creating more chances, Crew SC weren't able to convert and ended the game with the loss. They will now play the loser of the D.C. United v. the Austin Aztex game on Sunday at 2 pm EST.

First Half Lineup: Steve Clark; Chad Barson, Michael Parkhurst (c), Emanuel Pogatetz, Chris Klute; Hector Jimenez, Kevan George, Romain Gall, Justin Meram; Federico Higuain; Kei Kamara

Second Half Lineup: Brad Stuver; Hernan Grana, Tyson Wahl, Kalen Ryden, Waylon Francis; Ethan Finlay, Tony Tchani, Mohammed Saeid, Kristinn Steindorsson; Ben Speas, Aaron Schoenfeld