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FC Dallas falls in second leg to Urabe Unido, reaches CCL semifinals

Kellyn Acosta, Rigoberto Nino, Miguel lloyd

Arabe Unido goalkeeper Miguel lloyd (1) reaches up to block a shot from FC Dallas as defender Rigoberto Nino (2) and FC Dallas’ Kellyn Acosta (23) watch in the first half of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals soccer match, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 in Frisco, Texas (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


FC Dallas knew it just needed to play it safe in their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal second leg, but Oscar Pareja’s side added some insurance just incase.

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Dallas fell 2-1 (5-2 on aggregate) on Wednesday night against Panamanian side Urabe Unido, but still managed to reach the CCL semifinals after their strong first leg performance.

Despite backing off for much of the opening 45 minutes, Dallas found the first breakthrough in the 23rd minute when Leslie Heraldez scored an own goal, thus putting the tie completely out of reach for Urabe Unido.

Heraldez was forced into the costly mistake after a dangerous cross was whipped into the penalty area by Michael Barrios down the right wing.

Urabe found two consolation goals late in the second half by way of Roberto Chen and Heraldez, who made good on his prior mistake.

FC Dallas will now take on Liga MX side Pachuca in the two-legged semifinals, and will be one of two MLS teams to reach the final.

Either the New York Red Bulls or the Vancouver Whitecaps will join Dallas in the semifinals after their second leg encounter on Thursday evening. The two sides are currently level on aggregate at 1-1.