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FC Dallas traveled down to south Texas to play against Austin FC in their home, Q2 Stadium. Jesus Ferreira and Ricardo Pepi both scored braces to give Dallas the lead before the second half. Jader Obrian, with the help of Dallas' goalkeeper Phelipe, finished Dallas' scoring early in the second half.
Ferreira scored early. In the 5th minute Pepi forced a backpass to Austin's goalkeeper Brad Stuver. Before Stuver could clear the ball out of the box, Pepi chased after the pass and jumped on the ball after a heavy touch from Stuver. Instead of going for the shot, he passed to an open Ferreira to open the scoring.
Unfortunately Dallas didn't keep the lead for long. In the 13th minute, Austin defender Zan Kolmanic crossed the ball into Dallas' box to an open Julio Cascante for an easy goal. The Dallas defense still hasn't fixed their issues. Their lack of marking has led to several goals this season.
Pepi scored his first of the night around the 36th minute. Szabolcs Schon dribbled towards Austin's box. With a man in front of him and a second trying to block a passing lane, Schon quickly decided to play a low cross to an open Pepi, assisting him on his 10th goal of the season.
Ferreira scored his second on the night at the 38th minute. Ferreira played the ball to Obrian. With a defender chasing him down, Obrian opted for an assist. He backpassed the ball to Schon. Schon took the shot but it was blocked. Ferreira jumped on the ball and scored to earn a brace.
Just a couple of minutes after Ferreira's goal, Pepi ended the first half onslaught. Schon once again connected with Pepi, this time with a long, low pass up the field. Pepi easily slotted it past Stuver. The first half ended 4-1, with Dallas as the dominating side.
In the 53rd minute, Dallas winger Obrian decided to in on the scoring. Dallas' goalkeeper Phelipe booted a goal kick down the field into Austin's half. The ball ended up by an Austin defender but but due to a heavy touch or an unlucky bounce, the ball jumped into open space. Obrian out sprinted his man to win the ball and slot it under Stuver for Dallas' 5th and final goal of the night.
After the 5th goal, Austin was able to add 2 more to their tally to make it a 5-3 scoreline. Diego Fagundez and Alexander Ring scored in the 59th and 68th minute respectively. Once again defensive errors and poor positioning allowed Austin to narrow down the gap in score.
After a poor start to the season, Dallas has began to earn positive results. They are still under the playoff line at 10th place in the Western Conference. Earning a spot in the playoffs is still doable though. Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers sit at the bottom of the Western playoff list with 27 points each. Dallas is now at 25 so if they can put on offensive performances like tonight, then reaching that playoff shouldn't take too long.
FC Dallas will travel to Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah home to face Real Salt Lake on September the 4th. The game will be played at 7:00pm.
*Previously had the RSL game as a home game for Dallas, this was an error and has now been corrected*
By Melanie G. Isbell