FC Dallas picked up their second win against their new rivals Austin FC, a big 5-3 blowout thanks to first half braces from Jesus Ferreira and Ricardo Pepi.
This was FC Dallas’ second road victory of the season, helping them push up to eighth place in the MLS Western Conference.
Four minutes into the match FC Dallas pounced on some bad passing from Austin FC in the defense off a goal kick as Pepi forced Brad Stuver to have a bad touch that Ferreira picked off and fired into the back of the net.
It didn’t take long for Austin to respond and tie the game up as Julio Cascante headed home a perfect ball from Zan Kolmanic in the 13th minute.
FC Dallas increased their lead with three quick goals in five minutes as Pepi and Ferreira both scored first half braces. FC Dallas regained the lead in the 36th minute as Pepi scored his tenth of the season. Szabolcs Schon came in from the right side with the ball and found Pepi the space at the top of the penalty box to shoot without any pressure to beat Stuver.
Two minutes later Dallas doubled the lead with a second from Ferreira on the night. Jader Obrian collected a cross in the penalty box as he attempted to get Schon on goal. The Hungarian’s shot was blocked but only to the feet of Ferreira who hammered home the goal.
Pepi would score his second of the night in the 40th minute as Schon found the 18-year old wide open on the right side and he would beat Stuver at the near post.
The goalscoring wasn’t done after halftime as Phelipe hammered a goal kick to the deep end of the field that forced an Austin defender to head the ball right into the path of Obrian who had no trouble finding the back of the net.
Austin didn’t go away quietly though as Diego Fagundez was able to get behind the Dallas defense in the 59th minute thanks to a through ball from Sebastián Driussi. Ten minutes later Brad Ring pulled Austin within two.
Instant Reaction: There were really good moments in this one and some not-so-great ones. But overall you have to give it to Luchi Gonzalez and his staff for the scouting of Austin and how they play in the back in this one. I think the big reaction for them in the first half was once Schon and Obrian switched sides. That allowed the attack to really open up and find some new life after Austin had tied the game up. Still, even with a four-goal lead, we saw this team look gassed and take their foot off the pedal in this one and allow Austin to come back in. A much better team would have made FC Dallas pay on the night for that, thankfully, this was not one of those nights.
Man of the match: Give it to Pepi. Give it to Ferreira. Give it to Schon. Any of those options are good.
What’s next for FC Dallas: The three-game road trip concludes next weekend in Utah as FC Dallas takes on Real Salt Lake.