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FC Dallas Wins In Mexico City, Tops UNAM Pumas 1-0 In CCL Group Play

FC Dallas began their first CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage successfully with a 1-0 win away to UNAM Pumas, in what should be their most difficult game in group play. Big D Soccer hails their additional achievement:

History has been made! FC Dallas has become the first MLS team to win a competitive game on Mexican soil defeating UNAM Pumas 1-0 at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario.

Martin Chavez broke a scoreless standoff by potting the rebound, after Jair Benitez’s strike slammed off the post. Dallas would hang on the rest of the way.

Chavez, a Honduran, was pleased to end the MLS drought in Mexico.

We expected a very difficult opponent. We know that Puma is a very difficult team with interesting players. The truth is I’m very happy, as all my teammates are, because it is an MLS record. The group’s attitude tonight was the most important thing, and we look forward to more of the same.

In the first few minutes the altitude affected us, but everyone was prepared for that. This is a very complicated field and I think the attitude of the team tonight was what gave us the result.

Dallas continues their busy schedule Saturday with a showdown in Frisco with Seattle, then heads to Toronto Wednesday for their next CCL group match.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.