Acosta brace propels FC Dallas past Arabe Unido

Kellyn Acosta (pictured) celebrates after scoring one of his two goals in FC Dallas' Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, first-leg win over visiting Arabe Unido on February 23, 2017, in Frisco, Texas, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)

FRISCO, Texas -- Kellyn Acosta scored twice after halftime, Cristian Colman added an early goal in his club debut, and FC Dallas took command of its 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal with a 4-0 victory over visiting Arabe Unido in the first leg on Thursday night.

Michael Barrios added his second goal of the tournament at Toyota Stadium as Dallas defeated Panamanian opposition for the first time in three SCCL matches.

If FCD scores even one goal in the second leg on March 1 in Panama City, even a four-goal defeat would see them through to the semifinals in their first trip beyond the group phase.

Arabe Unido entered the knockout phase as top seed after going a perfect 4-0-0 in group play, but It rarely threatened Dallas’ goal, and was outshot 11-2.

The 22-year-old Colman, who signed in late January from Nacional in his native Paraguay, put his new team ahead in the 30th minute on a true poacher’s goal.

Carlos Gruezo won a header off Arabe Unido’s goal kick and sent it back toward the back line. Colman raced between the center backs to reach it, and in stride struck a 16-yard half volley bouncing off the turf, beyond goalkeeper Miguel Lloyd and inside the left post.

After halftime, he hosts continued to pressure and were rewarded with a second goal 10 minutes following the restart.

Roland Lamah worked his way into the right side of the penalty area, then circled and laid a pass back toward the penalty arc. From there, Acosta struck a first-time right footed shot that bent its way beyond Lloyd’s outstretched arm and into the top left corner.

Acosta added a second goal in the 86th minute from just a little bit closer in, this time off a pass from substitute Tesho Akindele. And Barrios scored in the first minute of second-half stoppage time after Akindele again provided the service with a run through the middle.