Tigres Recap
Erik Davila

Match Recap: FC Dallas 2, Tigres 1

FRISCO, Texas - In the second leg of the renewed Rio Grande Plate between FC Dallas and Tigres UANL, FC Dallas won 6-5 on penalties with Jeremy Hall scoring the series-winner after FCD dug out of a 3-1 aggregate goals deficit to equalize the competition.

After both teams scored each of their first five penalties, Tigres’ Francisco Acuna hit the crossbar in the sixth round to open the door for Hall to score the game-winner.

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FCD’s Jackson scored the series-equalizing goal just after halftime and after defending numerous Tigres attempts, the winner was to be decided by penalties for the third time in the competition’s history.

Following a three-year hiatus of the friendly competition, 2011’s home and away series marked the fourth time the two sides had met in the Rio Grande Plate dating back to 2006.

FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman used only two regulars in his starting lineup with central defenders George John and Andrew Jacobson, opting to go with a large contingent of reserves including Home Grown’s Victor Ulloa, Bryan Leyva, Moises Hernandez and Ruben Luna.

In front of a largely pro-Tigres side, Brazilian born Tigres coach Ricardo Ferretti started American Jonathan Bornstein at left back as well as Francisco Acuna, who scored the game-winner in Tigres 2-1 first leg win in Monterrey.

From the get go Tigres went on the attack, receiving seven first half corners in the process. Forward Alan Pulido nearly put the visitors on the board in the 11th minute but his shot went into the side netting as goalkeeper Chris Seitz left his goal line.

Their offensive persistence would be rewarded in the 37th minute when Lucas Lobos collected a cross from Danilo Veron, and slid a low shot to the far post for the games first goal.

The lead didn’t last long for the visitors as FC Dallas sandwiched two goals on either side of halftime.

Collecting a pass from Bryan Leyva in the 44th, Ruben Luna dashed down the left flank with two defenders crashing and goalkeeper Aaron Fernandez darting from his goal line. After seeing the goalkeeper off his line, Luna chipped a shot to the far post for the equalizer to bring the aggregate goal total to 3-2 with Tigres retaining the edge.

Aside from goals in the Reserve League, the cheeky finish was Luna’s first in his career.

On the other side of halftime, substitute Jackson made his presence known mere moments into the second half, stealing a ball from the Tigres backline, dashing in alone with Fernandez, and coolly slotting home the series-equalizing goal and putting Dallas ahead 2-1 in the match.

Tigres threatened on several occasions after Jackson’s goal and nearly scored the series winning goal on a shot in the box from Pulido, but Seitz used every inch of his body to make a save with his foot and keep the score line unchanged.

The victory marks the first time FC Dallas has won the Rio Grande Plate since the competition’s inaugural year in 2006.

FC Dallas returns to league play next Saturday, Sept. 10 at the New England Revolution, while the undefeated Tigres return to Mexico to play Pachuca.

Scoring Summary:
TIG – Lucas Lobos 37
DAL – Ruben Luna (Bryan Leyva) 44
DAL – Jackson 46

Penalty Kicks:
Tigres: (Alan Pulido - goal, Alberto Acosta - goal, Jorge Valencia - goal, Fernando Navarro - goal, Manuel Viniegia – goal, Fernando Acuna – miss)
FC Dallas: (Jackson - goal, Maykel Galindo - goal, Ruben Luna - goal, Jonathan Top - goal, Zach Loyd - goal, Jeremy Hall - goal)

Misconduct Summary:
TIG –Lampros Kontogiannis (caution; reckless tackle) 83

FC Dallas –
Chris Seitz, Victor Ulloa (Jack Stewart 77), Moises Hernandez (Jeremy Hall 64), George John, Andrew Jacobson, Bryan Leyva (Maykel Galindo 69), Bobby Warshaw, Andrew Wiedeman (Jon Top 73), Daniel Cruz (Jackson Goncalves 46), Bruno Guarda (Zach Loyd 21), Ruben Luna.
Substitutes Not Used: Josh Lambo, Richard Sanchez.

Tigres UNAL – Aaron Fernandez, Israel Jimenez (Fernando Navarro 45), Lampros Kontogiannis, Jorge Valencia (Abraham Stringel 66), Jonathan Bornstein (Jorge Espericueta 61), Jesus Duenas, Manuel Viniegra, Lucas Lobos (Alberto Acosta 45), Damian Alvarez (Eder Borelli 45), Danilo Veron (Francisco Acuna 45), Alan Pulido.
Subs Not Used: Enrique Palos

Referee: Jorge Luna
Referee’s Assistants: Jonathan Johnson, KevinTerry Jr.
4th Official: Hayden Edwards
Weather: Fair, 93 degrees
Attendance: 9,219