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  • May 12, 2012
  • • 7:40 PM
  • • MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Referee: B. Toledo
  • • Attendance: 11120

Columbus Crew 2-1 FC Dallas: Miranda strike lifts Crew to Pioneer Cup victory

Columbus Crew 2-1 FC Dallas: Miranda strike lifts Crew to Pioneer Cup victory

Jamie Sabau

A powerful headed strike from Sebastian Miranda gave Columbus a much-needed victory over fellow Hunt Sports Group side FC Dallas.

Sebastian Miranda's spectacular 72nd-minute header was enough to propel the Columbus Crew past visiting FC Dallas and take back the Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup.

Dallas opened the scoring in the first half thanks to a mental lapse from Columbus midfielder Tony Tchani. Tchani judged Fabian Castillo to have run the ball into touch, so he stopped playing and lifted his arm in appeal, but no call was made, allowing Castillo to run inside and finish past Andy Gruenebaum.

Columbus tied it up in the 66th minute with a long-range effort from Justin Meram. Catching Dallas keeper Chris Seitz off-guard, Meram placed a low shot into the far corner of the net from nearly 30 yards out.

And it was Sebastian Miranda who gave the crew the winner in the 72nd with a powerful header from outside the penalty area. Left unmarked on a corner, Nemanja Vukovic's floating cross was too easy an opportunity to pass up, and Miranda made it count, whipping his headed shot past Seitz and inside the post.

The win is the Crew's first victory since beating Toronto FC on March 31, while Dallas has now failed to claim three points in any of its last six games.

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