Club: FC Dallas
Head Coach: Oscar Pareja
Qualification: 2015 MLS Western Conference regular-season champion
SCCL Appearances: 2 (2011/12, 2016/17)
All-Time SCCL Record: GP-12; W-6; D-3; L-3; GF-16; GA-15
Best SCCL Finish: Group Stage (2011/12)
One of 10 charter clubs in Major League Soccer, FC Dallas is making its second Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League appearance. Founded as the Dallas Burn, the club also competed in the 2011/12 competition, but finished third in Group C behind Pumas and Toronto FC. FCD also has several CONCACAF internationals on its roster, including forward Tesho Akindele (Canada), as well as defenders Kellyn Acosta (USA), Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) and Walker Zimmerman (USA). On August 17, 2011, FC Dallas became the first American team to win a SCCL game in Mexico, defeating Pumas, 1-0, on Marvin Chavez’s 66th-minute goal.
Group Stage Summary
With three of four group-stage matches decided by one goal or fewer, it wasn’t smooth sailing for FC Dallas, but it rose to the occasion when necessary. The campaign opened at home with a 2-1 win over Real Esteli as Honduras international Maynor Figueroa struck late to break a stalemate. The sides battled to a 1-1 draw nearly three weeks later in Nicaragua, meaning that FCD’s last two matches against Suchitepequez would decide matters. A scoreless stalemate in Frisco was followed by a momentous comeback in Guatemala City. Suchitepequez jumped out to a 2-0 lead within 22 minutes, but Dallas responded with five unanswered goals for an resounding 5-2 victory.
Since FC Dallas’ success can credited to its overall team play and the outstanding coaching of Oscar Pareja, deciding on a key player is a difficult task. As a result, since Atiba Hutchinson struck for a team-best two goals – both of them meaningful – it can be confidently asserted that he was biggest difference maker. The 31-year-old defender equalized in the 1-1 draw at Real Esteli and netted what proved to be the game-winner in the second game against Suchitepequez. That goal made it 3-2 came in the 51st minute, when goalkeeper Manuel Sosa pushed Mauro Rosales’ free kick directly into Hutchinson’s chest and the ball ricocheted into the net
Atiba Harris (2); Michael Barrios, Maynor Figueroa, Carlos Gruezo, Matt Hedges, Carlos Lizarazo, own-goal in favor of (1)
Mauro Rosales (2); Carlos Gruezo, Ryan Hollingshead, Maximiliano Urruti (1)