Ricardo Pepi and Jesus Ferreira each scored two first-half goals to help FC Dallas beat Austin FC 5-3 on Sunday night.
Born in El Paso, Texas, 18-year-old Pepi has scored 11 goals this season. This is the goal most Americans in MLS have. He chose the Mexican team this week and was nominated for the US national team.
Jadel O’Brien added a goal to Dallas (6-9-7) early in the second half. Julio Cascante, Diego Fagúndez and Alexander Ring scored in Austin’s expansion (5-12-4).
Saborchi Sean fired a low cross to Pepi from the right side, and Pepi fired a roller from a distance of 15 yards, giving Dallas a good lead in the 36th minute.
Obrian back-heeled the ball to Shane, and the shot was blocked by defender Matt Besler, but Ferreira cleared up the one-touch side footer on the 38th. After Austin turned over near midfield, Pepi ran down the right side and slid a roller in the near post to finish in 40th place with 4-1.
Ferreira started scoring in the 5th minute and tore the rollers between the legs of goalkeeper Brad Stubber and into the net after Pepi pushed the ball out of the tuber.
Jean Kolmanić played a long arc ball-in from the left side towards Casante, who made the header a side net from the corner of Austin’s 6-yard box on the 13th. Fagundes scored in 59th place and Ring in 68th place.
Stuver, who participated in a game that leads MLS in both saves per 90 minutes (4.35) and save rate (78.4%), made two saves.
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