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September 13, 2016

FC Dallas captures U.S. Open Cup


Two goals by Maxi Urruti helped FC Dallas win Tuesday's US Open Cup Final  4-2 over the New England Revolution.
Two goals by Maxi Urruti helped FC Dallas win Tuesday's US Open Cup Final 4-2 over the New England Revolution.
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FRISCO, Texas -- FC Dallas took the first step toward its goal of a triple with a 4-2 victory over the New England Revolution in the U.S. Open Cup final at Toyota Stadium Tuesday night.

Maxi Urruti scored twice as FC Dallas rallied from an early deficit in a rematch of the 2007 final, won by the Revolution, 3-2. FC Dallas won its second Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title, the last in 1997 when the team was called the Dallas Burn, and before the tournament was named after the team's late owner.

Juan Agudelo converted the first of his two goals in the sixth minute. But Urruti countered in the 15th minute, and FC Dallas scored twice in the final five minutes of the first half for a 3-1 advantage.

On the opening goal, the Revolution capitalized on a turnover, Gershon Koffie making a steal and touching on to Lee Nguyen, who backheeled a return pass to Koffie, who found Agudelo isolated on Matt Hedges. Agudelo turned and fired a right-footer from just inside the penalty area past Chris Seitz into the left side of the net.

Urruti tied the score with a spectacular volley. The Revolution cleared a corner kick, then Mauro Rosales sent a pass to Urruti, who touched on past Je-Vaughn Watson and slammed a right-footer past Brad Knighton into the left side of the net.

Late in the half, FC Dallas earned a corner after Rosales went down in a clash with Watson in the penalty area, Ryan Hollingshead heading wide off the corner. Then, a 40th-minute corner led to the go-ahead goal. The Revolution cleared the corner, but Mauro Diaz lofted a pass near the goal area, Hedges sending an opener header past Knighton. A minute later, Koffie sustained a right leg injury and was replaced by striker Kei Kamara. The Revolution lost Watson in the 45th minute, replaced by Chris Tierney. In first half injury time, Hedges earned a penalty in a clash with Jose Gonçalves, referee Baldomero Toledo awarding the penalty after consulting with an assistant referee. Diaz then sent the penalty kick into the left side of the net past a diving Knighton.

The Revolution threatened early in the second half, Agudelo just failing to connect with a Tierney cross.

In the 61st minute, Urruti went in alone on Knighton after a turnover in the center circle, the Revolution’s Scott Caldwell going down in a clash with Kellyn Acosta.

Urruti then had a goal disallowed for offside off a free kick, and headed off the back post off a Tesho Akindele feed.

The Revolution threatened with the Agudelo-Kamara striker combination, Kamara heading wide right off a Kelyn Rowe cross. Substitute Teal Bunbury sent a left-footer wide off an Agudelo layoff. Agudelo then finished back post off a deflected pass from Bunbury, who went past Maynor Figueroa in the 73rd minute. Kamara then had a header saved by Chris Seitz.
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