Goals from Jesus Ferreira and Franco Jara were enough to guide FC Dallas past Austin FC 2-1 on Saturday night to claim the first-ever Copa Tejas crown in MLS.
The win also ended FC Dallas’ ten-game winless streak.
The game opened up for the visitors in the 35th minute as Diego Fagundez scored a curling shot that beat Jimmy Maurer at the far post. Fagundez found space around the Dallas defense and was not pressured before he let his shot fly.
Austin didn’t get to enjoy their lead for long as Jader Obrian found space behind the Austin defense in the 38th minute and sent a perfect ball across goal where Ferreira was waiting to finish it home to tie the game up.
Austin was forced to play the final 33 minutes with ten men as Hector Jimenez pulled Paxton Pomykal on a breakaway chance.
Despite the advantage, FC Dallas struggled to make the most of it with very few chances on goal. It wasn’t until the 80th minute when Jara scored just moments after coming into the game. Obrian tapped a ball through that Jara was able to shoot into the bottom corner of the goal.
Instant reaction: It certainly feels like this was a last act kind of night for some guys in the stadium. At least the game went down as a win even if the play wasn’t entirely great for the full 90 minutes. We can dive into the weird long delay in putting subs on by Marco Ferruzzi all we want but the win kind of negates that a bit.
Man of the match: Feel free to give it to one of the goal scorers, or Obrian. Why not?
What’s next for FC Dallas: One more game on the season as they head to California to battle the San Jose Earthquakes on Decision Day.