FC Dallas (pictured) gathers for a team photo with the trophy after defeating the visiting New England Revolution to win the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup final on September 13, 2016, in Frisco, Texas, USA. (Photo: David Bernal/isiphotos.com)
FRISCO, Texas -- FC Dallas clinched a berth in the 2017/18 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League with a 4-2 win over the visiting New England Revolution in the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup final on Tuesday at Toyota Stadium.
Midfielder Mauro Diaz scored one goal and set up three others, while Maximiliano Urruti tallied twice, as Dallas captured the trophy for the first time since 1997, when it was known as the Dallas Burn.
Juan Agudelo silenced the crowd of 16,612 in the sixth minute, when he struck for the first of his two goals to give New England a 1-0 lead. Gershon Koffie stole the ball at midfield and quickly fed Agudelo, who raced to the top of the penalty area, turned on his defender and fired a 16-yard shot past goalkeeper Chris Seitz.
It did not take Dallas long to equalize. In the 15th minute, Diaz sent a looping pass into the area for Urruti. The forward took the ball down out of the air, hammering up a full volley below the arm of Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton and into the far corner of the net.
Dallas broke open the game with a pair of goals in the waning minutes of the opening half.
First, Diaz picked out Matt Hedges on the edge of the six-yard box for a header to make it 2-1 in the 40th minute.
Jose Goncalves was then whistled for a foul after pulling down Hedges in the box. Diaz converted the subsequent penalty kick in the seventh minute of stoppage time.
The advantage was extended to three goals in 61st minute as Diaz assisted on Urruti’s counterattack strike, which slipped just inside the left post
Agudelo pulled one back for the visitor off a pass from second-half substitute Teal Bunbury in the 73rd minute.
Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup - Final
September 14, 2016: Toyota Stadium – Frisco, Texas, USA (Att: 16,612)
FC Dallas-New England Revolution 4-2 (3-1)
Maximiliano Urruti 15 ‘, 61’; Matt Hedges 40’; Mauro Diaz 45’+7 pen / Juan Agudelo 6’, 73’
FC Dallas: Chris Seitz; Ryan Hollingshead, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Maynor Figueroa, Mauro Rosales (Tesho Akindele 58’), Kellyn Acosta, Mauro Diaz, Carlos Gruezo, Michael Barrios (Victor Ulloa 82’), Maximiliano Urruti (Aubrey David 90’+1). Head Coach: Oscar Pareja
New England Revolution: Brad Knighton; Andrew Farrell, London Woodberry, Jose Gonçalves, Je-Vaughn Watson (Chris Tierney 45’+3), Scott Caldwell, Gershon Koffie (Kei Kamara 42’), Kelyn Rowe (Teal Bunbury 69’), Diego Fagundez, Juan Agudelo, Lee Nguyen. Head Coach: Jay Heaps
R: Baldomero Toledo; AR1: Sean Hurd; AR2: Adam Wienckowski; 4th: Sorin Stoica