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MATCH NOTES 

  • Asier Illarramendi scores FC Dallas’ first goal of 2024 as well as his first MLS goal.
  • FC Dallas debuted its primary home kit the Afterburner, for the 2024-25 season in tonight’s win against San Jose. 
  • Dante Sealey scores game-winning goal in added time for his first of the season and second in the MLS.
  • MLS Box Score

FRISCO, Texas (February 24, 2024) – FC Dallas (1-0-0, 3 points) defeated the San Jose Earthquakes (0-1-0, 0 points) by a score of 2-1 courtesy of a 94th-minute winner from Dante Sealy.

Head coach Nico Estévez was able to test his new formation in an official game following several months of experimentation through the preseason. The 3-4-3 formation saw newcomer Logan Farrington play up top with Bernard Kamungo and Paul Arriola on either side. The back-three of Nkosi Tafari, Sebastien Ibeagha and Sam Junqua was flanked by wingbacks Herbert Endeley and Dante Sealy. In the middle, veterans Asier Illarramendi and Liam Fraser protected the backline. The new lineup resulted in 22 shots and nine on target, more than in any match during the 2023 season. 

SEALY-ING THE WIN

Wingback Dante Sealy’s goal in the 4th minute of extra time in the second half helped FC Dallas earn three points to open the 2024 campaign. That is Sealy’s second career goal for FC Dallas. He scored his first goal against Portland Timbers on May 1, 2021. 

REPRESENTANDO AL PAÍS VASCO

Midfielder Asier Illarramendi scored his first FC Dallas goal to equalize in the 25th minute of the match. Illarramendi collected a bouncing ball on the edge of the box and volleyed it home with his left foot to tie the game at 1-1.

DALLAS’ RECORD IN SEASON OPENERS

FC Dallas now holds an 8-1-6 overall record in season openers since 2010. Dallas’ only two losses in season openers were versus the Chicago Fire in 2009 and Minnesota United in 2023.

In a match that looked destined to end in a fourth consecutive 1-1 draw between these Western Conference foes, the promising Sealy came through late.

After missing some key chances at times Saturday, Sealy controlled the ball on a late Dallas surge, then sent it low and hard, off the hand of sprawling San Jose goalkeeper Daniel (seven saves) and tucked inside the far post for an improbable season-opening winner.

The loss would seem emotionally devastating for the Earthquakes, who opened the scoring just six minutes into the match. After Dallas goalkeeper Maarten Paes (four saves) got a hand on Jack Skahan‘s strike, which was deflected as it went toward the net, Benjamin Kikanovic was there to pounce for an easy short-range score.

Dallas, meanwhile, played without injured Jesus Ferreira, who led the team with 12 goals last season, and touted Croatian newcomer Petar Musa, who is awaiting his work visa. Still, Dallas controlled possession from the start of the match, and tied the score in the 25th minute.

Off a corner, the ball was sent in front of the San Jose goal, then shot out to Asier Illarramendi, who maintained possession, then successfully delivered a left-foot strike from the top of the box.

San Jose threatened twice within the first 10 minutes of the second half, the most promising off another drive from Kikanovic, who was stopped by Paes.

Dallas also pushed before and after the hour mark. However, San Jose keeper Daniel, who like Paes answered the bell often on the evening, came through with a key extended punch on a 73rd-minute strike from Dallas rookie Logan Farrington, whose prime header chance cleared the crossbar one minute later.

Dallas owned a 22-10 advantage in total shots and 9-1 in corners on the night.

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