FC Dallas came from behind to earn a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Wednesday night with a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.
FC Dallas got goals from their main attackers in the win as Mauro Diaz scored a goal in the second half and Maximiliano Urruti picked up the game winner in the first extra time frame.
FCD was on the attack early and often in this one, forcing Colorado keeper Zach MacMath to make several early saves, including one eight minutes in on a shot from Tesho Akindele.
It was the Rapids that would strike first in this one though in the 36th minute. Marlon Hairston was played the ball in behind the Dallas defense on the right side of the penalty box. Hairston then put in a hard cross in front of goal where Dominic Badji was waiting to hammer it home for the game’s first goal.
Dallas kept the pressure on for an equalizer and got it in the 64th minute on a counter-attack goal set up by Fabian Castillo. The Colombian winger brought the ball up right right sideline and beat two charging defenders on the sideline. Castillo then raced up the field where he then laid the ball off to Diaz to finish home the goal.
Jesse Gonzalez came up big for Dallas late in regulation with a save on Badji in the 89th minute.
Dallas got the go ahead goal in the first extra time frame from Urruti in the 96th minute. Urruti broke through a couple Colorado defenders outside of the penalty box on the right side. He then ripped a shot from a bad angle that hit off the near post and went into the back of the net.
Colorado push for a late equalizer of their own but again the Dallas defense would come up big in the process.
With the win, Dallas will advance to the quarterfinals to face their in-state rivals Houston Dynamo.