FRISCO, Texas (Sept. 13, 2016) – FC Dallas claimed its second Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title with a 4-2 victory over New England Revolution on Tuesday night.
Mauro Diaz served as the protagonist and played a part in all four goals as FCD won the trophy named after the club’s founder, Lamar Hunt, for the first time since 1997.
“We are champions again,” FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja said. “We won it. It proves we can do it after that many years. There are so many people involved with this club, waiting for that trophy and this moment... we’ve made it real.”
New England scored the opening goal through Juan Agudelo after six minutes, but the hosts responded through Maxi Urruti to restore parity. Matt Hedges nodded home a Diaz free kick to give FCD a lead it would not relinquish.
New England dared to dream of a second Open Cup triumph after Agudelo’s early opener. His rasping finish from Gershon Koffie’s vertical ball provided the Revs with a tangible advantage to protect, but it only served to spark a response from FCD.
Diaz opened his masterful performance with a precise diagonal for Urruti’s equalizer on 15 minutes. His delivery on the remnants of a corner allowed Hedges to give FCD the lead for good after 40 minutes.
Hedges drew a penalty deep in first-half stoppage time and watched Diaz convert from the spot to extend the margin on the stroke of halftime. The penalty kick converted just before the halftime whistle underscored his influence on the proceedings.
“It is a collection of what he has done this year,” Pareja said. “He showed the heart of his club and the heart of his teammates tonight. They all wanted to win.”
Diaz then split the Revolution center backs to supply Urruti with his second and FCD’s fourth on the hour and temper any thoughts of a Revolution revival.
Agudelo reduced the deficit by turning home at the far post inside the final 20 minutes, but his second goal of the night did not prove enough to prevent the visitors from slipping to a second defeat in an Open Cup final nor stop FCD from securing its first championship in 19 years.
With the victory, FCD qualifies for the 2017-18 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League and sustains its hopes of winning a double or triple as the MLS season winds to a close.
-2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Match Report-
Match: FC Dallas (MLS) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)
Date: Sept. 13, 2016
Competition: Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Kickoff: 9 p.m. CT
Attendance: 16,612 (sellout)
Weather: 84 degrees; Partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
DAL 3 1 4
NER 1 1 2
NER – Juan Agudelo (Gershon Koffie) 6th minute
DAL – Maxi Urruti (Mauro Diaz) 15
DAL – Matt Hedges (Mauro Diaz) 40
DAL – Mauro Diaz (penalty kick) 45+7
DAL – Maxi Urruti (Mauro Diaz) 61
NER – Juan Agudelo (Teal Bunbury) 73
DAL: 18-Chris Seitz; 12-Ryan Hollingshead, 25-Walker Zimmerman, 24-Matt Hedges, 31-Maynor Figueroa; 77-Mauro Rosales (13-Tesho Akindele, 58), 23-Kellyn Acosta, 10-Mauro Díaz, 7-Carlos Gruezo, 21-Michael Barrios (8-Victor Ulloa, 82); 37-Maximiliano Urruti (2-Aubrey David, 90+1)
Subs not used: 1-Jesse Gonzalez, 5-Norberto Paparatto, 9-Getterson, 28-Colin Bonner
Head Coach: Oscar Pareja
NER: 18-Brad Knighton; 2-Andrew Farrell, 28-London Woodberry, 23-José Gonçalves, 15-Je-Vaughn Watson (8-Chris Tierney, 45+3); 6-Scott Caldwell, 7-Gershon Koffie (13-Kei Kamara, 42), 11-Kelyn Rowe (10-Teal Bunbury, 69), 14-Diego Fagundez; 17-Juan Agudelo, 24-Lee Nguyen
Subs not used: 1-Cody Cropper, 16-Daigo Kobayashi, 4-Steve Neumann, 88-Femi Hollinger-Janzen
Head Coach: Jay Heaps
Stats Summary: DAL / NER
Shots: 19 / 11
Shots on Goal: 9 / 3
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 15 / 18
Offside: 2 / 0
NER – Scott Caldwell (caution) 29th minute
NER – London Woodberry (caution) 48
DAL – Walker Zimmerman (caution) 50
NER – Diego Fagundez (caution) 66
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistant Referee 1: Sean Hurd
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Wienckowski
Fourth Official: Sorin Stoica