FC Dallas advances in the US Open Cup with hard-fought victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies

Team shows resilience and determination in thrilling match securing a spot in the quarterfinals of the competition
Tampa Bay Rowdies v FC Dallas: Round of 16 - 2024 U.S. Open Cup
Tampa Bay Rowdies v FC Dallas: Round of 16 - 2024 U.S. Open Cup / Julio Aguilar/USSF/GettyImages

On Wednesday night, FC Dallas and the Tampa Bay Rowdies took to the field for the US Open Cup. In a matchup that had the hearts of fans at the Al Lang Stadium racing, FC Dallas managed to progress to the quarterfinals after an intense battle against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, emerging victorious with a scoreline of 2-1.

Just 15 minutes into the game, FC Dallas opened the scoring with a goal from Patrickson Delgado, marking his first goal for the club. The lead was doubled at the 26th minute mark when Logan Farrington found the back of the net, increasing the pressure on the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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The game wasn't solely dominated by FC Dallas, however. The Tampa Bay Rowdies, a team from the USL Championship, didn't back down from the challenge and relentlessly sought the equalizer. With a solid defense and an impressive performance from goalkeeper Maarten Paes, FC Dallas managed to maintain their lead until the final minutes of the match.

Paes was the hero of the night, making eight crucial saves that thwarted the Tampa Bay Rowdies' goal attempts. His flawless performance was instrumental in keeping FC Dallas ahead on the scoreboard. In the 85th minute, the home team had the opportunity to narrow FC Dallas' lead, converting a penalty through Joshua Pérez.

The late goal conceded added pressure on FC Dallas, who had to hold on in the final minutes to prevent Tampa Bay Rowdies from equalizing. With the opponent pushing for the equalizer, Paes was once again tested, making a crucial save in stoppage time and securing FC Dallas' victory.

FC Dallas' victory in this match wasn't just a display of technical skill, but also of resilience and determination. The team faced a tough opponent and managed to assert themselves even in moments of pressure. The collective performance and the players' commitment were crucial in clinching the coveted spot in the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup.