Destiny is starting to become a real thing for FC Dallas here as they advanced to the finals of the 2016 US Open Cup after a 2-1 overtime win over the LA Galaxy.
After a scoreless 90 minutes, FC Dallas came from behind after a Mike Magee penalty kick to get goals from Matt Hedges and Victor Ulloa to seal the win.
It took Dallas a little while to get comfortable in this match with their first chance of the game coming in the 14th minute. Diaz was dragged down outside of the penalty box but his free kick would not have enough on it to test LA keeper Bryan Rowe.
Chris Seitz made several saves on the night and his first was in the 22nd minute. Emmanuel Boeteng sent a cross in between the Dallas center backs to Magee. The veteran forward put in a tough shot on goal that Seitz would be forced to make a save on.
Dallas nearly got a breakthrough early into the second half on a corner kick. Diaz sent a great ball into the box where Walker Zimmerman was there to met it with his head but the ball would get pushed just wide of the far post.
After 90 minutes the game went into extra time where the Galaxy got the game’s first goal in the 100th minute. Seitz dove for a ball inside the penalty area but in the process he pulled down LA’s Giovani dos Santos in the process. Magee stepped up and hammered the penalty home to put LA up.
That lead lasted 15 minutes when Diaz set up the first of two assists off corner kicks in the final moments. In the 116th minute Diaz found Hedges for the game-tying goal. Then in extra time it was Ulloa rising up to meet a ball from Diaz on a corner.
With the win FC Dallas will face the New England Revolution in next month’s final at Toyota Stadium.
FC Dallas returns to action on Saturday as they return home to battle rivals Sporting Kansas City.