Oscar Pareja and Wilmer Cabrera coached together in Colorado last season but on Saturday night their respective clubs faced-off as FC Dallas downed Chivas USA 3-1. The two sides battled it out for the majority of the match in front of 15,564 fans at Toyota Stadium.
Mauro Diaz was key for Dallas on the night as he earned two second half assists on goals scored by Fabian Castillo and Je-Vaughn Watson. The Argentine Designated Player gave Chivas fits all night long to help his club earn their second win of the season.
Both teams traded punches throughout the game but in the second half it wasn't until a free kick in the 71st minute that Dallas finally found the back of the net. Newcomer David Texeira earned a free kick 30 yards out to help set up the play. Diaz would send in a great ball to Thomas, who headed it down to the feet of Castillo. The speedy winger was able to just slot it by Dan Kennedy for the game's first goal.
Just a few minutes later Dallas would come away with the eventual game-winner as Diaz would once again set up another FCD goal. In the 78th minute, Diaz took the ball in the middle of the park and sent a beautiful ball across the back of the Chivas defense to Watson. The Jamaican midfielder made one move around Kennedy and hammered home the goal.
Chivas would make things interesting though in the 82nd minute. Adolofo Bautista sent a ball to the wings for Kristopher Tyrpak, the rookie midfielder would find Erick Torres in the middle of the penalty box and he would slot it home.
Michel would put the home side back up two in the 86th minute on a free kick. The Brazilian curled in a ball behind the Chivas wall, only to find a deflection along the way to get by Kennedy.
Diaz caused fits for Chivas and their defense all night in this one. He got free on a breakaway six minutes into the match when a Chivas midfielder lost the ball at the center circle of the field. Diaz made one move around Carlos Bocanegra before the veteran defender poked the ball forward just enough for Kennedy to clear it away from danger.
Dallas nearly had their breakthrough in the 26th minute as Diaz was at the center of it all with another clever chip over the Chivas defense. Blas Perez was able to get one foot on the ball but his chip sailed just over the goal.
FCD would finish the game with ten men as Hendry Thomas was issued a straight red for a two-footed tackle on Bautista.
FC Dallas (2-0-1, 7 points) will remain at home next weekend as they host the Portland Timbers.