CCL: FC Dallas rewarded with record-breaking win

FC Dallas' intensive training camp in Buenos Aires -- nine games over 10 days -- paid immediate dividends as it crushed Panama's Arabe Unido, 4-0, in the first leg of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals. It was the largest margin by which an MLS club has ever triumphed in the CCL knockout phase.

FC Dallas started the season without playmaker Mauro Diaz, who is still recovering from the injury he suffered in the 2016 MLS playoffs, but it looked comfortable in a 4-4-2 formation that featured new Paraguayan DP Cristian Colman up front with Maximiliano Urruti, Ivorian-Belgian Roland Lamah as one of the wingers and Argentine Hernan Grana at right back.

Colman and Lamah gave the FCD attack some punch it was lacking after Fabian Castillo was sold in August and Diaz was injure in October.

The player of the game, though, was young American Kellyn Acosta with two goals. Colman grabbed the first goal on the half-hour mark and Michael Barrios completed a dominating second half by FC Dallas with the fourth goal in stoppage time.

Feb. 23 in Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas 4 Arabe Unido 0. Goals: Colman 30, Acosta 55, 86, Barrios 91+.
FC Dallas -- Seitz; Grana (Harris 83), Hedges, Zimmerman, Figueroa; Acosta, Gruezo, Lamah (Akindele 76), Barrios, Colman (Morales 76), Urruti.
Arabe Unido -- Lloyd; Ortiz, Chen, Caesar, Nino; Heraldez, Henriquez, Gomez (Pino 63), Jose Gonzalez, Addles, E.Small (Hincapie 79).
Att.: 4,019.

The win was just the ninth in nine seasons by MLS clubs against non-MLS teams in the knockout phase of the Concacaf Champions League. Only once before had a team won by as many as three goals.

MLS wins in CCL knockout phase:
*Real Salt Lake 2 Saprissa 0 (semifinals)
2012: Seattle Sounders 2 Santos 1 (quarterfinals)
2013: *Seattle Sounders 3 Tigres 1 (quarterfinals)
2013: Houston Dynamo 1 Santos 0 (quarterfinals)
2013: *LA Galaxy 4 Herediano 1 (quarterfinals)
2014: LA Galaxy 1 Tijuana 0 (quarterfinals)
2014: Sporting KC 1 Cruz Azul 0 (quarterfinals)
2015: *Montreal Impact 2 Alajuelense 0 (semifinals)
2017: FC Dallas 4 Arabe Unido 0 (quarterfinals)
*Advanced to next round.
Note: Against non-MLS opponents.

Feb. 22 in Harrison, N.J.
NY Red Bulls 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 1. Goals: Wright-Phillips 62; Manneh 39.
NY Red Bulls -- Robles; Zizzo, Collin, Long, Bilyeu; Davis, Felipe, Kljestan; Royer (Etienne 73), Veron, Wright-Phillips (Grella 87).
Vancouver -- Ousted; Nerwinski (Williams 76), Waston, Parker, Harvey; Teibert, Laba; Manneh (Greig 80), Davies, Techera; Hurtado (Barnes 63).
Red Card: Vancouver -- Techera 71.
Att.: 3,231.

CCL Quarterfinals:
First Leg, Results
Saprissa 0 Pachuca 0

NY Red Bulls 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 1
Tigres 1 UNAM 1
FC Dallas 4 Arabe Unido 0

Second Leg, Schedule
Pachuca vs. Saprissa, 10 pm ET
UNAM vs. Tigres, 10 pm ET
Arabe Unido vs. FC Dallas, 8 pm ET
Vancouver vs. NY Red Bulls, 10 pm ET

1 comment about "CCL: FC Dallas rewarded with record-breaking win".
  1. Dean Mitchell, February 24, 2017 at 9:18 a.m.

    Now MLS fans need to show up for these games.

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