FC Dallas scored early, on the hour, and late, yet those three goals weren't quite enough to match the output of the team's host in Brazil, Clube Atletico
Paranaense, which defeated its MLS partner club, 4-3, Wednesday at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba. Jeff Cunningham
, Kenny Cooper
and Aaron Pitchkolan
Dallas, which will host CAP in the second leg of the 2009 USA-Brazil Challenge when it returns to the United States this weekend.
Chances abounded in the free-flowing game. Each team blew
a one-goal lead, and five goals were scored in a 26-minute span of the second half. FCD used five subs and CAP six under rules adopted for this annual two-game series.
FCD took a 1-0
lead in the 29th minute following a frantic beginning in which both teams threatened, and three Dallas players were cautioned inside of two minutes. Eric Avila
kept a ball in play near the
corner flag and centered it for Cunningham to hit first-time into the net.
CAP equalized 10 minutes later when Kamali
's cross off the underside of the
crossbar, and took its first lead 10 minutes into the second half when midfielder Jhonatan
hit a cross that floated over FCD keeper Dario Sala
and into the goal.
re-tied the game in 60th minute when Kenny Cooper
headed home a Dave van den Bergh
cross, but fell behind a minute later on a goal by Douglas Maia
, and dropped back another
goal in the 73rd minute on a penalty kick converted by Michel after a foul by Dallas midfielder Andre Rocha
ended the scoring in the 81st minute, punching home a
loose ball flicked on by Jamie Watson
after Drew Moor
headed the ball back across the goalmouth.
osta Rican trialist Alvaro Sanchez
played the second half for FCD,
and midfielder David Ferreira
, on loan from Atletico Paranaense, did not play due to a mutual agreement between both clubs.
Dallas (3-3-2 in preseason) finishes its visit to
Brazil with a match against the CAP U-20 team on Friday. March 4 in Curitiba, Brazil
CA Paranaense 4, FC Dallas 3 Goals:
Kamali (Michel) 39, Jhonatan 55, Douglas
Maia (Gabriel, 61), Michel (penalty);
Cunningham (Avila) 29, Cooper (van den Bergh, Torres) 60, Pitchkolan 81. FCD --
Sala, Wagner (Pitchkolan 55), Torres, Purdy (Dello-Russo 83),
Moor, van den Bergh (Guarda 75), Pablo Ricchetti, Dax McCarty, Eric Avila (A. Rocha 46), Jeff Cunningham (Sanchez*), Cooper. *on trial CAP -
R, Rocha, Michel (Wellington 78), Manoel,
Carlao, Geronimo (Raul 57), Douglas Maia, Jhonatan (Geilson 68), Jatai (Fransergio 58), Gabriel, Kamali (Bruno Costa 63), Wallyson (Washington 78).