Rookie forward Tesho Akindele may beginning to develop his rock star status with FC Dallas fans after Tuesday night's 3-2 win over rivals Houston Dynamo in the fifth round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
Akindele helped lift FCD over Houston with his goal in the 99th minute of the match. The rookie forward took a ball on the far sideline from a Houston defender, cut inside the penalty box and made another clever move around another Dynamo defender before firing off the game-winning shot by Houston keeper Tally Hall.
The Texas battle was a back and forth affair, seeing both teams trade goals in each half before going into extra time.
Fabian Castillo got FC Dallas on the board first in the opening half of the game in the 35th minute. Once again he used his speed and skill to race past a couple defenders before entering the penalty box and firing a shot by Hall. It was Castillo's fourth goal on four games (both MLS and USOC combined).
Houston would respond moments later with a penalty kick by Giles Barnes in the 43rd minute. FC Dallas would get a couple more chances before the end of the half. Akindele got tangled up with a Houston defender and hit the turf, earning a penalty for Dallas. Forward Blas Perez stepped to the spot, but his attempt sailed high into the upper deck behind the goal.
FCD would respond in the second half however with an amazing goal from outside the penalty box from Andres Escobar. In the 59th minute, Escobar struck the ball perfectly from 20 yards out past Hall to give Dallas the lead again.
Houston would respond yet again just three minutes later with a goal from Omar Cummings.
In the second overtime period, the Dallas defense held, despite multiple tests from Houston, including a solid shot by Barnes that forced a quick reaction save out of Chris Seitz.
The 3-2 win advanced FC Dallas to the quarterfinal round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, where the MLS side will face the NASL's Carolina RailHawks in Cary, N.C., on July 9.