Match History: Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas, 2012
In a challenging season, Chivas USA closed the 2012 season with a dramatic 2-2 draw with FC Dallas in Texas. The Goats will host Dallas twice this season in The Home Depot Center, with the first encounter in the second week of the season on Sunday, March 10. We look back at the final game of the 2012 season ahead of the new series in 2013:
Chivas USA kicked off the first half of the match challenging a strong Dallas defense. Although the Goats only had one shot on goal in the first half, they were the most dangerous team on the pitch. It wasn’t until the 73rd minute that Jackson opened the scoreboard, giving Dallas the lead. Shortly after, Fabian Castillo scored the second for Dallas, in what seemed to be a 2-nil win for Dallas.
But in the 80th minute, Peter Vagenas was subbed out of the match, permitting Laurent Courtois to enter the field, the only substitution for the Red-and-White. Ten minutes in, Courtois received a pass from Ben Zemanski at the 18-yard line, took a shot, and notched the first goal for the Goats. After his goal, Courtois provided a cross that Juan Agudelo would push past then- Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman in the 93rd minute for the final 2-2 draw.
Although the Goats were looking for the victory in the last game of the season, Agudelo’s game-tying goal and never-ending effort gave fans a reason to look forward to the 2013 season.
“It felt good that we didn’t give up, that’s the most important thing,” Agudelo said. “As a team, I felt like we were in the dying minutes of the season and we didn’t give up.”
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