The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is coming home to FC Dallas as the boys in red downed the New England Revolution 4-2 on Tuesday night, clinching their second trophy in club history.
Mauro Diaz had a banner night with three assists and one goal while Maxi Urruti scored two goals of his own.
Six minutes into the match the Revolution struck first as Diaz gave the ball away in the Dallas defensive end. Matt Hedges went to challenge Juan Agudelo for the ball and the crafty forward turned Hedges and powered a shot past Chris Seitz for the game’s first goal.
Ten minutes later FC Dallas equalized from Urruti. Diaz was there to set the play up from the right wing. His ball went into the middle to Urruti who took one touch by former FC Dallas defender Je-Vaughn Watson before hammering the ball into the back of the net.
Dallas came close in the 32nd minute to taking the lead on a wonderful give and go between Kellyn Acosta and Ryan Hollingshead on the right side. Acosta played Hollingshead into the box but his shot got stopped by Brad Knighton.
Diaz set up the second Dallas goal in the 40th goal. On a cleared corner kick, the ball landed out to Diaz who played the ball perfectly into the box where Hedges was able to get a wide open header to give Dallas the lead.
Dallas took a two goal lead right before half time on a penalty kick scored by Diaz. On a free kick award outside the box, Hedges was brought down by Jose Goncavles. The assistant official signaled for a penalty which Diaz took for his first goal of the game.
It was more of the same out of Dallas in the second half as Diaz picked up his third assist of the night on a ball collected in the midfield. The Argentine played Urruti down the middle of the field where he finished it home for his second goal of the game.
New England found a response in the 73rd minute on a goal from Agudelo. Teal Bunbury sent a ball that went all the way through the Dallas backline where Agudelo was waiting to finish it.
The win also gives FC Dallas a berth into the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions League.
FC Dallas returns to action this weekend as they travel to the Big Apple to take on New York City FC.