The FC Dallas Reserve Team closed out the inaugural Reserve Division season with an impressive 2-1 win over Kansas City at Pizza Hut Park. Carey Talley and Aaron Pitchkolan tallied for the Hoops who earned its second win in three games to finish the season at 6-5-1 and in a three-way tie with the MetroStars and New England in second place.
The Wizards entered the match needing a win and a D.C. United loss to claim the Reserve Division title, but that prospect became significantly more difficult in the 30th minute when Carey Talley scored his second goal of the year. Midfielder Mario Torres slid a through ball out to the left flank for David Wagenfuhr who touched the ball into the path of Talley who placed his shot beyond the reach of Wizards keeper William Hesmer to make the score 1-0.
Shortly after the halftime intermission, word filtered through that United had held on to defeat Columbus, assuring them of the title. However, both Dallas and the Wizards continued to fight for the three points, and on the hour, the Hoops were able to turn that fighting spirit into another goal as Pitchkolan struck to double the lead.
The ball way served into the box from the right flank, leading to a scramble in front of the Kansas City goal. That scramble was ended when the ball fell to Pitchkolan who side-footed a shot just inside Hesmer's right post to make the score 2-0.
Just as it had in the first team match less than 24 hours earlier, Kansas City, down two goals, began to throw numbers forward in hopes of getting back into the match. Scott Sealy hit the post midway through the half, only to see the ball rebound away from danger, while Pat McGiness and Jermaine Hue each went close before the Wizards finally cut the lead in half in the 81st minute. Alex Zotinca whipped a cross in to the back post for Jay Alberts whose close range header rebounded off the underside of the crossbar and over the line to make the score 2-1.
The visitors would continue to put pressure on the Hoops as the game moved toward the final whistle, but they could not find a way past FC Dallas keeper Dario Sala who made three saves to earn his second Reserve Division win in as many appearances.
FC Dallas: Dario Sala, Winston Marshall (Marquise Muse 90+), Alex Yi, Drew Moor, Chad Smith (Tony McManus 46'), David Wagenfuhr, Aaron Pitchkolan, Carey Talley, Mario Torres (Dominic Schell 60'), Arturo Alvarez, Mark Rowland (Alex Woods 79').
Kansas City Wizards: William Hesmer, Shavar Thomas, Dustin Branan, Brian Roberts, Alex Zotinca, John Minagawa-Roberts (Jay Alberts 46'), Jack Jewsbury (Doug Lascody 54'), Ryan Raybould (Daniel Dobson 54'), Jermaine Hue, Antti Sumiala (Pat McGinnis 54'), Scott Sealy.
FCD -- Carey Talley (David Wagenfuhr, Mario Torres) 30
FCD -- Aaron Pitchkolan 60
KCW -- Jay Alberts (Alex Zotinca) 81
KCW -- Dustin Branan (caution) 51
FC Dallas Kansas City Wizards Total shots: 11 7 Shots on goal: 6 4 Fouls: 13 7 Offsides: 1 3 Corner kicks: 4 1 Saves: 3 4