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Scorpions cup run ends in Dallas

Fabian Castillo on the ball for FC Dallas
Fabian Castillo on the ball for FC Dallas
Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The San Antonio Scorpions have suffered their first ever loss to an MLS side and have seen their 2014 US Open Cup campaign come to an end as they fell to a late 2-0 loss to FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Scorpions started brightly and in the 17th minute could have had the lead if not for some good Chris Seitz goalkeeping after Eric Hassli saw his shot deflected, but that deflection fell kindly to Seitz.

After a tighter period, with both sides unable to really break free before San Antonio took charge again in the 32nd minute as Billy Forbes found space, cutting in on the right allowing him to get a shot in from close range to the back post but was denied by a Seitz save, whose deflection fell to Hassli but he sent his effort over the bar.

Four minutes later San Antonio had another opportunity as Braun beat his defender and shot low and hard, only to be denied by another solid save down low well, to keep it scoreless at half-time.

FC Dallas started the second half well with Fabian Castillo being brought on to play up front, and it worked in the 53rd minute, as Castillo restored possession for FC Dalals and set up Andres Escobar, who linked up with Blas Perez only to be denied by Julius Jones.

The second half was almost a reversal of the first as FC Dallas were proving the more impressive side as they controlled possession but it was a tight half as both sides struggled to create chances.

But in the 74th minute the goal finally did come as Andrew Jacobson sent in a long ball that caught out the Scorpions defense, allowing Fabian Castillo to run on to the ball, bring it down and nutmeg Jeremy Vuolo to make it 1-0.

With nine minutes to play San Antonio’s chances vanished as David Texeira made a great run that allowed him to link up with a one-two pass with Andres Ecobar, allowing Escobar to score the winner.

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