“Hey don't worry, we’ve got Austin. If we beat Austin, we'll get a trophy,” Ferruzzi said was the fan’s message. “I was like hold on, we’ve got a few more games kind of thing, but we’ve been fighting all the way up just to get to this win. Either that person has a crystal ball or something, I don’t know.”
“The players were very conscientious, very aware, very focused on delivering something for the fans, the family and the friends,” Ferruzzi said. “I’m glad they have something to celebrate. It's not easy, not easy being a fan with teams that are struggling. But I did mention to the boys we all know this we go through adversities in life, you go through adversities in your seasons. … I’m happy the fans are out there celebrating.”
FC Dallas finished atop the three-team table as Texas' best MLS team with 11 points from six matches. Houston Dynamo FC were second with eight points and expansion side Austin were third with six points. Copa Tejas is a fan-created trophy that carries local bragging rights.
The fans also got to celebrate the end of a 10-match winless run that ultimately derailed any hopes FC Dallas had of qualifying for the playoffs. It dated back to late August when FCD defeated Austin 5-3 at Q2 Stadium.
“We’re happy we could win this game, especially at home. it’s always a good feeling to win games, especially against rivals, especially to do in front of the fans,” midfielder Jesus Ferreira said. "We all know we haven’t won a game in a long time, so it feels good to get those winning ways back.”
In just the first season of a budding rivalry, Ferreira has already forged a reputation as an Austin FC killer. Half of the 20-year-old's eight goals have come against Austin FC, including a 38th-minute equalizer just two minutes after Diego Fagundez broke the scoreless stalemate on Saturday.
“I have no idea, it’s just something that happens. Hopefully it keeps happening," Ferreira said of his run of form against Austin. “Every time we play a rival, I try to make sure I'm always aware of what's going on and plugged into anything that’s going on during the game. Today there was an opportunity and I took advantage of it.”