- Mauro Diaz, Maxi Urruti, and Cristian Colman score for FC Dallas
- FC Dallas opens league play vs. RSL this Saturday, March 3 at Toyota Stadium
FRISCO – FC Dallas came from behind twice to win 3-2 tonight at Toyota Stadium, but with the aggregate score tied, 3-3, Tauro FC advances to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.
FC Dallas opens its 23rd Major League Soccer season this Saturday, March 3 at Toyota Stadium. That match is set to kick off at 7 PM CT.
Tauro FC went up 1-0 in the 16th minute when FC Dallas midfielder Carlos Gruezo deflected the ball to forward Edwin Aguilar. The forward would have been in an offsides position but since the ball came off of Gruezo, the officials allowed play to continue. Well behind the FC Dallas defense, Aguilar cut to the center of the field before firing a shot past FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez to make it, 2-0, on aggregate, in favor of Tauro.
Needing three goals to overcome the 2-0 deficit, FC Dallas pressed for the remainder of the half and got its first goal from Maxi Urruti in the 32nd minute. The play was set up by Michael Barrios, who took the entry pass, turned and attempted to find Urruti with a pass into the area. Tauro FC defender Gustavo Chara stepped in front of the forward but deflected the ball up into the air. Urruti cracked the ball out of the air with his first touch, beating Tauro goalkeeper Oscar MacFarlane to make it 2-1, on aggregate.
Just before halftime, Tauro FC took a 3-1 lead in the series when another pass deflection crossed up FC Dallas center back Reto Ziegler. Aguilar picked up his head after receiving the pass and played a perfect pass to teammate Marcos Sanchez. Tauro’s No. 10 ran in alone on Gonzalez and chipped a shot over the diving goalkeeper to finish off the chance.
FC Dallas opened the second half needing goals and quickly earned a penalty kick when Barrios slipped a pass into a streaking Santiago Mosquera. The Colombian had a step on his man and was in a position to score before being dragged down by a Tauro defender. Referee Hector Rodriguez pointed to the spot and Mauro Diaz stepped up to take the kick, beating MacFarlane just inside the post to his right to make it 3-2 on aggregate.
Late substitute Cristian Colman made it a 3-3 game on aggregate when Mosquera ran by his man on the left flank and lobbed a cross into the area. Colman rose above his marker to nod a shot past MacFarlane.
FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez, Reggie Cannon (Roland Lamah 67), Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Maynor Figueroa (Cristian Colman 84), Carlos Gruezo, Victor Ulloa (Santiago Mosquera 35), Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz, Ryan Hollingshead, Maxi Urruti.
Substitutes not used: Jimmy Maurer, Cristian Colman, Tesho Akindele, Jacori Hayes, Kris Reaves.
Tauro FC – Óscar McFarlane, Rigoberto Niño, Gustavo Chara, Jorge Gutiérrez, Richard Dixon, Rolando Botello, Adalberto Carrasquilla, Marcos Sánchez, Jesús González (Gabriel Chiari 90), José Tamburelli (Oscar Villarreal 58, Javier Rivera 90+), Edwin Aguilar.
Substitutes not used: Orlando Mosquera, Davis Vergara, Jose Gomez, Juan Hernandez, Enrico Small.
TAR: Edwin Aguilar 16
DAL: Maxi Urruti 32
TAR: Jesus Gonzalez 44
DAL: Mauro Diaz 50
DAL: Cristian Colman (Santiago Mosquera) 90
DAL – Maxi Urruti (caution) 42
TAR: Marcos Sanchez (caution) 45+
DAL – Matt Hedges (caution) 78
TAR: Jesus Gonzalez (caution) 86
Weather: Rain, 63 degrees
Referee: Hector Rodriguez
Assistant Referees: Jesus Tabora, Nicholas Anderson
4th Official: Kevin Morrison