FC Dallas came out hot in the match against Tauro, with Daniel Cruz breaking the FCD franchise record for fastest goal scored in any competition just 23 seconds into the match. The previous FCD record was held by Aaron Pitchkolan who scored 31 seconds into the match against Chivas USA on May 22, 2005.
Tauro did have a couple threatening minutes early but FCD will regret not putting the Panamanian club away in the first half when they Red Stripes had the run of play. Tauro netminder Alvaro Anzola was in top form all night making several spectacular saves to keep FCD from getting a second goal. George John had what in hind sight looks to have been a good goal called back for being offside.
Unfortunately for FCD a defensive mistake led to a PK in the 41st minute and Tauro's captain Luis Moreno buried the attempt to tie the match. The goal was the first allowed by FC Dallas in Champions League play and ends a shutout streak of 400 minutes.
The second half saw the road weary FCD side begin to sit back and play long ball as heavy legs made it tough to play out from the back. Tauro capitalized on the Dallas fatigue and really challenged the FCD defense in the 2nd half. Dallas did have some chances late, but Anzola was again up to the task.
FC Dallas will host Pumas UNAM in the fourth contest of group play on Sept. 21
DAL – Daniel Cruz (Jackson) 1
TAR – Luis Moreno (PK) 41
DAL – Zach Loyd (caution; reckless tackle) 26
DAL – Jair Benitez (caution; unsporting behavior) 45+
DAL – Ricardo Villar (caution; reckless tackle) 55
TAR – Jhoan Melo (caution; unsporting behavior) 56
TAR – Temistocles Perez (caution; dissent) 88
FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Jair Benitez, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Zach Loyd, Ricardo Villar, Daniel Hernandez, Andrew Jacobson, Daniel Cruz (Maykel Galindo 76), Jeremy Hall (Andrew Wiedeman 89), Jackson.
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Bobby Warshaw, Jack Stewart, Victor Ulloa, Ruben Luna.
Tauro FC – Alvaro Anzola, Luis Moreno, Manuel Vargas (Jhoan Melo 18), Temistocles Perez, Juan Perez, Leonel Parris, Diego Canali (Auriel Gallardo 60), Juan Barrera (Jean McLean), Victor Mendieta, Carlos Rodriguez, Rienel Herrera.
Subs Not Used: Jose Marmolejo, Gabriel Rios, Azmahar Ariano, Jamie De Gracia.
Referee: Walter Quesada
Referee’s Assistants: Leonel Leal, Octavio Jara
4th Official: Hugo Cruz
Weather: Cloudy, 93 degrees
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