FC Dallas came into tonight’s CCL second leg with a 0-1 deficit after being defeated by Tauro in the away fixture last week.
Things went from bad to worse for Dallas after the visitors found themselves 0-1 up (0-2 on aggregate) after just 16 minutes, securing that away goal which meant the tie could not go to extra time and penalties.
It was Edwin Aguilar who netted the crucial away goal after Dallas keeper Jesse Gonzalez came way off his line and it allowed Aguilar to chip the ball over the covering defenders.
Maxi Urruti got the first equaliser of the night with an absolute beauty, on the 32nd minute. He made it 1-2 on aggregate with a volley of stunning technique as he caught the ball coming out of the sky.
Things were looking good for Dallas as they looked to level things up on aggregate, however they were punished just a few minutes before the half-time interval. After spending a short period of time on the front foot, some poor defending led to Jesus Gonzalez scoring the second away goal for Tauro.
The teams went into the break with the score 1-3 to Tauro on aggregate. Meaning the hosts, Dallas, had to score three goals in the second half to make it through.
FC Dallas were given the perfect opportunity to get the first of the three goals needed when they were awarded a penalty in the 49th minute. Mauro Diaz stepped up and fired home, making a 2-2 on the night. (2-3 on aggregate)
Dallas had a great opportunity to go ahead in the second leg on the 67th minute. A corner was curled in and Matt Hedges had a free header at the far post and he really should have scored.
There were four minutes added on at the end of the game, and during the allotted time, Cristian Colman scored a dramatic late goal which set up a frantic final couple of minutes.
Tauro managed to hold on to a 3-3 win on aggregate…
The late rain storm was a fitting end to Dallas’ miserable evening. They played well and they created some good chances throughout the match, however they left themselves far too much to do after conceding two critical away goals.