It took just five minutes for FC Dallas to go from the verge of elimination to securing its first U.S. Open Cup final appearance in nine years.
Matt Hedges and Victor Ulloa scored off corner kicks late in extra time, allowing Dallas to earn a dramatic 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy on Wednesday in the Open Cup semifinals. Dallas will now host New England at Toyota Park in late September, marking a rematch of FCD's loss to the Revolution in the 2007 title game.
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena raised eyebrows by deploying a largely second-string squad Wednesday at StubHub Center in Carson, California, with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Nigel de Jong left out of the action.
But Mexican star Giovani dos Santos did come on as a second-half substitute and, after the teams played to a 0-0 draw through 90 minutes, managed to draw a foul in the box on Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz. Mike Magee promptly converted from the spot, giving LA a 101st-minute lead.
The Galaxy were on the cusp of their first appearance in the Open Cup final since 2006 when Hedges netted a 116th-minute equalizer, emphatically nodding home a Mauro Diaz free kick.
And Dallas again struck off a Diaz set piece in the 121st minute, with substitute Victor Ulloa heading past Brian Rowe to spark a dog-pile celebration from the visitors.