CARSON, Calif. -- An opportunistic Oswaldo Minda capitalized on an immense defensive lapse to help give Chivas USA a come-from-behind, 3-1 victory Sunday afternoon against FC Dallas at the Home Depot Center.
Minda found himself alone inside the box following a turnover in the 76th minute and buried the go-ahead goal with a right-footed shot that zipped past FC Dallas goalkeeper Raúl Fernandez. The opportunity surfaced when defender George John couldn’t control a pass deep in his own zone, and Minda cleaned it up as new manager José Luis Sánchez Solá pumped his right fist in excitement.
Sánchez Solá earned his first victory in Major League Soccer, a week following an underwhelming debut that left him questioning his club’s preparation.
Captain David Ferreira had given FC Dallas a 1-0 lead with a stunning right-footed shot from a difficult angle in the 57th minute, but Juan Agudelo tied it only 11 minutes later. Agudelo, who didn’t start in the season opener last week due to a foot injury, worked his way past Matt Hedges to unleash a left-footed strike that found the back of the net and sent the 6,801 in attendance into jubilation.
The crowd roared again when Giovani Casillas cashed in on a breakaway three-on-one opportunity in stoppage time, beating Fernandez with a calm shot to the near post.
Minda’s game-winning goal was his second in a Chivas USA jersey, his previous coming last year in his first season in a 1-0 victory at Toronto FC.
FC Dallas were unlucky after taking the 1-0 advantage, with Hedges hitting the post on a header from the right side of the box in the 60th minute.
Miller Bolaños, like Agudelo making the start Sunday after coming off the bench in the opener, missed a golden opportunity to put the Rojiblancos on the board early in the second half, but the added offensive pressure was only a sign of positive things to come for Chivas USA (1-1).
Dallas (1-1) didn’t necessarily have a pretty performance in last week’s 1-0 win over Western Conference rival Colorado but held on nonetheless, something they couldn’t accomplish Sunday.
The clubs next meet on July 4 in Dallas for the second of three head-to-head regular season matchups.
FC Dallas next host the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, March 17 in the Texas Derby. The in-state rivalry kicks at noon CT and will be broadcast on ESPN2 as part of MLS Rivalry Week.