FC Dallas Chasing Titles Without Big Name Striker

Ethan Tait

FC Dallas have always been a good side, but never a great side. They’ve always been on the cusp of glory and have failed each time.

Until now.

Last night’s 4-2 victory over the New England Revolution in the US Open Cup Final was Dallas’s first trophy since 1997, when they were the Dallas Burn.

That’s a long ass time waiting for a trophy. At least the trophy drought wasn’t that long for the Gunners; Wenger’s head would have been on a stake a long time ago.

The biggest surprise about the victory and the continued success of the club is their knack for developing quality midfielders and getting by without a big name striker.

Last night the show was stolen by the Portland Timbers reject, Maximiliano Urruti, as he had a pair of goals to lead FC Dallas.

Including this peach of a finish:

Urruti was a key addition for Dallas following his MLS Cup winning campaign with the Timbers where he played a smaller role coming off the bench for Fanendo Adi.

After getting his ring, he left for Dallas and has been a key contributor since his arrival, but hasn’t been a star.

In all honestly, the closest thing Dallas has to a superstar is captain and number 10, Mauro Diaz.

The combined contributions make this team special and with the scoring responsibility not resting on a single player, it makes Dallas that much more difficult to stop.

Michael Barrios has 8 league goals, Urruti has 7, Tesho Akindele has 6, and Diaz has 11 assists. The team is filthy and ready to finally make a deep MLS Cup playoff run.

FC Dallas also has the opportunity to be the first team ever to win the MLS treble of the US Open Cup, MLS Cup and the Supporters’ Shield trophy.

The possibility of a team with a payroll of only $3,746282 winning the treble is unheard of, given that the Galaxy haveĀ a payroll of over $18 million.

Low-budget, high quality football for the win.

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