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FC Dallas, Nashville SC Play To 0-0 Draw After Starting More Than 3 Hours Late

Photo of Nashville and Dallas soccer teams play before socially-distant crowds.
Smiley N. Pool
The Dallas Morning News via Associated Press
Socially distant FC Dallas supporters watch as a free kick by FC Dallas midfielder Bryan Acosta (8) sails over the bar and Nashville SC goalkeeper Joe Willis on the final play in added time of an MLS soccer game, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.

FC Dallas and Nashville SC played to a scoreless draw Sunday night in a game that started more than 3 1/2 hours late because of lightning.

Scheduled for 7:30 p.m., the game stated at 11:07 p.m.

Dallas goalie Jimmy Maurer had seven saves, and Nashville’s Joe Willis had one.

The game was the second straight at Toyota Stadium between the teams in their return from the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday night, Nashville won 1-0 for the expansion team’s first victory, a game marred by booing of kneeling players during the national anthem. FC Dallas player Reggie Cannon expressed disgust at the fans who booed, then faced a backlash on social media that included threats.

On Sunday night, FC planned to have the players remain in the locker rooms for the national anthem, then take part in a moment of silence to promote racial equality. However, because of the delay and time of day, the anthem was called off along with public address announcements and music.

Because of positive COVID-19 tests, Dallas and Nashville did not play in the MLS is Back tournament at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World.