FC Dallas capped their US Open Cup run with a win in the final on Tuesday night over the New England Revolution. While the game with the Revs was easily the most dominant performance from the club in the five-game run to the title, FC Dallas had plenty of players step up along the way.
Looking back on the tournament that saw the team win on penalties in the first game against USL affiliate OKC Energy FC, to the over time wins against Colorado and LA, to the last second goal in Houston. FCD had a lot of different players step up along the way but who was the biggest unsung hero of the Cup run? Our staff debates that below:
Scott Hiney – Kellyn Acosta
He appeared in all five games and started in the last four and, like he has been all season, quietly held the middle of the field together with his excellent balance and box-to-box ability. The Plano native certainly gets more attention now than ever before, but I think he still fits under this category. He’s as steady as you can be while still having plenty of flash. Oh, and keep in mind, he’s only 21 and already has 70 career starts among all FC Dallas and USMNT competitions. Need more proof? Check out his map from Tuesday night:
Cody Gammond - Mauro Diaz
He started every Open Cup game and in the last few, totally pushed this team through some tough times. He had 2 goals and 5 assists throughout the tournament. He had what is arguably his best game ever in a Dallas shirt Tuesday night. He put in 2 quality corners to slip Dallas past LA late in Carson. Diaz is the best player on the squad and he proved it throughout this competition. There are a lot of reasons for this teams recent successes, but "The Little Unicorn" is a huge one.
Jared Tilley - Part Fabian Castillo and Maxi Urruti
Since it's not that popular to recognize the brilliance that was Fabian during the USOC run, I will go with Maxi. Urruti scored the winning goal against Colorado in extra time to send us to the final eight. At that time in the of the competition, we were still rolling out half hearted lineups. He was able to to get us one step closer when we probably should have been eliminated that night. If that wasn't good enough, Maxi put in his best game as a Hoop Tuesday night and really helped to settle all the nerves early in the game. When a lot of players seemed rattled by the stage, Urruti was out there playing his game and ended up scoring a heck of a goal.
Drew Epperley - Victor Ulloa
I went back through a couple rounds and one guy that continued to stick out to me as an unsung hero was Vic. The Dallas Homegrown not only had the game-winner in LA to send FCD to the final but he did a lot of dirty work on the field when he was out there in other games. His calm demeanor on the field goes unnoticed a lot by people and for me he doesn’t get talked about enough as a key role player for this club.