FRISCO, Texas — A month after losing to FC Dallas on their own turf, Pumas UNAM returned the favor on Wednesday night, getting goals from David Izazola and Eduardo Aguirre in a 2-0 momentum-changing win in Group C of the CONCACAF Champions League.
Pumas’ Emilio Orrantía provided the two assists to Aguirre and Izazola, and the Mexican side rocketed to the front of the group based upon a plus-5 goal differential.
In a game featuring matching red cards to FC Dallas’ Jackson and Pumas’ Luis Fuentes, the top two teams in Group C played a scoreless first 84 minutes until Orrantía took over from the right flank.
The Pumas midfielder took advantage of extra space from a tucked-in FC Dallas backline and fired a low cross to Aguirre for the game’s first goal that goalkeeper Kevin Hartman could only watch hit the back of the net.
In stoppage time, Orrantía – a second-half substitute – had plenty of space inside the FC Dallas 18-yard box and placed a perfectly weighted pass to a running Izazola from six-yards away who had no trouble finishing.
Pumas head coach Guillermo Vásquez brought a majority of his first team to north Texas, including Martín Bravo who scored three goals a week ago against Toronto FC.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman made several changes from his lineup used one week ago against Tauro FC including the insertion of Fabián Castillo, Brek Shea, Jack Stewart and Jeremy Hall into the lineup.
With fullbacks Jair Benítez and Zach Loyd out due to yellow card accumulation, Ugo Ihemelu and Hall worked the fullback spots with Stewart manning the center of defense with George John.
Pumas threatened early, penetrating the FCD backline with long balls, but the first real opportunity came inside the first 10 minutes when Shea found a streaking Ricardo Villar at the near post only for the Brazilian to put the cross wide of the frame.
A 42nd-minute tangle between Jackson and Fuentes – where the Mexican head-butted Jackson who in turn retaliated with an elbow to the face – highlighted a first half low on offense and high on turnovers.
The only shot of the opening 45 minutes came when Pumas’ Javier Cortés outmaneuvered Jeremy Hall on a one-on-one inside the box and placed a shot right at goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
In the second half, Pumas persistently attacked in FC Dallas’ defensive third, and a header from defender Darío Verón nearly found the back of the net for the visitors if not for a sprawling save from Hartman to preserve to scoreless game.
FC Dallas were six minutes and change from a scoreless draw against the Mexican champions, but Orrantía provided two key assists to close the gap atop Group C with two games to play in the group stage.
In CCL play, FC Dallas will hit the road to Panama to play Tauro FC next Wednesday while Pumas travel north to play Toronto FC on Tuesday.
UNAM – Eduardo Aguirre (Emilio Orrantia) 84
UNAM – David Izazola (Emilio Orrantia) 90+
DAL – Jackson (ejection; unsporting behavior) 40
UNAM – Luis Fuentes (ejection; unsporting behavior) 40
DAL – Brek Shea (caution; unsporting behavior) 45
UNAM – Cabrera (caution; tactical foul) 41
DAL – Daniel Hernandez (caution; reckless tackle) 90
FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Jack Stewart, Jeremy Hall, Brek Shea, Fabian Castillo (Maykel Galindo 46), Daniel Hernandez, Daniel Cruz (Andrew Wiedeman 85), Ricardo Villar (Bobby Warshaw 73), Jackson.
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Ruben Luna, Moises Hernandez, Victor Ulloa.
Pumas UNAM – Odin Patino, Efrain Velarde, Dario Veron, Diego De Buen, Javier Cortes, David Cabrera (David Izazola 61), Martin Bravo (Eduardo Aguirre 67), Luis Fuentes, Francisco Palencia (Emilio Orrantia 46), Juan Carlos Ramirez, Neftali Teja.
Substitutes Not Used: Michelle Castro, Alredo Saldivar, Kevin Quinones, Aaron Sandoval.
Referee: Walter Lopez
Referee’s Assistants: Gerson Ottoniel Lopez, Ronaldo de la Cruz
4th Official: Otto Barrios
Weather: Clear, 92 degrees