It may have not been pretty at times but the result matters none the less for FC Dallas. The club survived a hard challenge from the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers, coming away from Florida with a 2-0 win in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup third round Tuesday night at Lockhart Stadium.
Dallas got second-half goals from Blas Perez and Matt Hedges to seal the win, the club's first Open Cup road victory since 2007.
FC Dallas will host the winner of tomorrow's third round match between the Houston Dynamo and USL Premier Development League side, FC Tuscon, on Wednesday, June 12, at FC Dallas Stadium.
One downer from this game was seeing rookie Walker Zimmerman leave the game before halftime with an injury. No word yet on his status for Saturday.
Here is a quick stat and quote sheet from last night's game.
DAL - Blas Perez (Fabian Castillo) 54
DAL - Matt Hedges (Michel) 66
FC Dallas - Chris Seitz, Jair Benitez, Walker Zimmerman (Matt Hedges 41), George John, London Woodberry, Fabian Castillo, Bobby Warshaw (Ramon Nunez 85), Michel, Eric Hassli (David Ferreira 73), Blas Perez.
Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Zobeck, Zach Loyd, Stephen Keel, Bradlee Baladez.
TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Fabian Castillo 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Castillo, Blas Perez, Matt Hedges 1); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 5 (Michel 5); SAVES: 4 (Chris Seitz 4).
Fort Lauderdale Strikers - Matt Glaeser, Shavar Thomas, Toni Stahl (Jemal Johnson 60), Stephane Guillaume, Ivan Guerrero (Daniel Arcila 74), Scott Gordon, Carlos Salazar, Walter Restrepo, Wellington Paeckart (Aly Hassan 81), Darnell King, Manny Gonzalez.
Substitutes Not Used: Hosman Ramos, Rubens Pinheiro Filho, Justin Chavez, Lionel Brown.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Walter Restrepo 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Restrepo 3); OFFSIDES: 7; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 1 (Matt Glaeser 1).
DAL - Michel (caution) 38
DAL - Matt Hedges (caution) 45
FTL - Wellington Paeckart (caution) 66
FTL - Walter Restrepo (caution) 73
FTL - Carlos Salazar (caution) 75
DAL - London Woodberry (caution) 83
Referee: Marcos Deoliveira
Referee's Assistants: Mark Cahean, Jose Da Silva
4th Official: Lance Vanhaitsma
Weather: Cloudy, 77 degrees
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman
General thoughts on the game...
We talked about coming out here and how this is a great opportunity for the Strikers to show their measuring stick against MLS players and an MLS team. Right now we're in the fortunate position to be first in MLS so it's a great opportunity and it's also an opportunity to be seen by an MLS coach.
If someone comes out here and stands out, killing us in the midfield, why wouldn't I think about bringing him? So I think it puts people under pressure. This is a very important competition for us because Lamar Hunt's name is on the trophy. This is very important to us and our owners.
On the play of Fort Lauderdale in the first half...
They did take it to us in the first half. A lot of that was enthusiasm and trying to set the initiative and as the game was going on they were building confidence. We settled things down at halftime and talked about some of the things they were doing. They outnumbered us in the center of the field. We weren't quick enough to put pressure on the ball. When we started doing that better it made it easier and they weren't able to serve the ball as well as they wanted to.
On the first goal...
It was one of the few crosses that we made. We don't normally play in a 4-4-2...and you can kind of see where we are without David Ferreira because we ran out of ideas trying to find someone. It became predictable for the Strikers. Getting that first goal always takes the pressure off. We even started playing better after that.
FC Dallas defender George John
General thoughts on the match...
Fort Lauderdale is a strong side. Anytime in this tournament that you come onto an opposing team's field, it's tough to get a victory. They came out with a lot of energy and had a couple of great opportunities, but luckily, we were able to come into halftime with a clean sheet and regroup. We got two goals and were able to come away with the victory to move on to the next round.