This is my favorite goal of the year. No question about it.
FC Dallas headed to Colorado for the crucial 1st vs 2nd matchup in July with many things outside soccer on their minds. Fabian Castillo had just given FCD a stoppage-time Open Cup quarterfinal game-winner at Houston mid-week, but he was not on the plane to Colorado. While rumors swirled about his future, the team had a job to do.
Oscar's boys started strong in Colorado playing a counterattack style that soaked up pressure but countered quickly earning chances. However, right before halftime Colorado struck a hammer blow pouncing on an error at the back to take a 1-0 lead into halftime.
After the week the team had, it would've been easy to crumble, but they stayed strong. FCD pushed and pushed in the second half but couldn't find the breakthrough. Pareja brought on two Homegrowns, Coy Craft and Victor Ulloa, and it didn't take long for the impact.
With one of his first touches of the game, Ulloa unleashed the goal of his life, beating Tim Howard with a dipping, swirling effort to pull the match level. FCD nearly won it late through Michael Barrios, but this was a draw that felt like a win.
Outside of the trophy wins, I don't think there's been a more energized locker room this season after that match. Everyone knew the significance of that point and that goal. Indeed, it turned out to be one of those moments you point to that brought home the Supporters' Shield with FCD finishing two points ahead of Colorado at the end of the season.
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