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Preseason Friendly: FC Dallas Downs Costa Rica’s Cartagines, 3-1

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Matt Hedges continues to find the back of the net in preseason play.

Jessica Tobias, FC Dallas

FC Dallas finally secured their first preseason win on Saturday evening, with a 3-1 win over Costa Rican side CS Cartagines.

All three Dallas goals came from defenders as Ryan Hollingshead, Matt Hedges and Reto Ziegler scored for FC Dallas while Cartagines’ Dylan Flores converted a penalty kick in the 44th minute.

Dallas looked more comfortable on the ball in the first half of this match as they pressed Cartagines on several occasions in the first half. Six minutes into the match, Reggie Cannon came up from his right back position to test the Costa Rican defense. He beat one defender before putting in a tough shot on goal that forced Cartagines defender Itevin Vega to slide in at the last second to deflect the shot over the crossbar.

Dallas found the back of the net in the 34th minute on a nice build up sequence from the midfield into the penalty box. Mauro Diaz found an open Cannon on the right wing, who then played the ball into the box to Carlos Gruezo. The Ecuadorian then used a first-touch pass to put left back, Hollingshead in on goal and the defender found the far post for the first goal of the game.

Cartiagines responded just before half time when Anton Nedyalkov was whistled for a handball in the box. Flores stepped up and played his shot to the left of Jesse Gonzalez.

FC Dallas came back with more attacking flare in the second half as Oscar Pareja shifted to a 3-5-2 look with Michael Barrios coming in off the bench.

Jacori Hayes earned a dangerous free kick outside the penalty box in the 64th minute that Diaz would take quickly as he played Barrios into the box on the right wing. Barrios then crossed the ball into the mixer where Hedges was able to put it home for the go-ahead goal.

Dallas earned their third and final goal off another set piece, this time a corner kick in the 76th minute. Diaz curled in a ball that took a couple deflections before Ziegler was able to get a foot on it and hammer it into the back of the net for his first Dallas goal.

FC Dallas returns to action this week as they travel to Arizona for a pair of friendlies.