FC Dallas claims Dallas Cup with late Arturo Rodriguez goal

Published Monday, April 17, 2017 7:37 AM by Shane Barrow
FC Dallas claims Dallas Cup with late Arturo Rodriguez goal

You knew this was going to be a good one.  The best youth academy in the USA facing off with the top youth academy in Mexico for the Dallas Cup Super Group title. 2016 USSDA national champion, FC Dallas, and current leader in Liga MX U20, CF Monterrey Rayados met in Frisco, Texas to fight over the spoils. The two sides came out with some extra bounce, in front of a record breaking Championship Sunday attendance of 8,747, as they fired around the pitch looking for the crucial opening goal.

The first goal of the match came in the 23rd minute. Jesus Ferreira dribbled around the edge of the box and found an open Paxton Pomykal near the penalty arc. Pomykal sized up the Monterrey defense and launched a low driven shot to the far post that was just out of reach of the sprawling keeper. Pomykal’s goal made the match 1-0 in favor of FC Dallas.

The rest of the first half saw few real scoring chances for either team. Physical play, including five total yellow cards, halted much of the run of play. The half ended with the lone Pomykal goal being the difference maker as FC Dallas went into the half with a 1-0 lead.

From the start of the second half, as the whistles started to blow less, the action got more fluid as the ball was moving from box to box. FC Dallas substitute Arturo Rodriguez and Jesus Ferreira continued to threaten the back line of the CF Monterrey defense, but it never resulted in the second goal of the match.

In the 82nd minute, magic struck for Rayados. A Monterrey free-kick whizzed off the post which created havoc in the box. In an FC Dallas attempt to clear the ball, the ball deflected off Monterrey’s captain Erick Amaro and into the net to make the game 1-1.

The magic in the match was not over though. In the 89th minute, previously mentioned FC Dallas sub Arturo Rodriguez made a twisting run through the heart of the Monterrey defense and set himself for a right-footed shot from over 30 yards out. He struck it pure and it tucked inside the right side of the net to make the game 2-1. Madness ensued as it certainly looked and felt like the winning goal inside the packed Toyota Stadium.

Stoppage time dragged on for the hometown fans, but wild celebrations ensued as the final whistle blew and FC Dallas was named Gordon Jago Super Group champions. FC Dallas is the first MLS side to win the Super Group title and the first American team since the Dallas Texans won in 2006.