Kellyn Acosta scored a superb free-kick as FC Dallas came from a goal down and held on to a 2-1 win over Pachuca in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinals tie.
The Tuzos looked to be producing the required performance to come out of Texas with a hefty advantage when they took the lead after just three minutes after Franco Jara fired in an Erick Aguirre cross.
But Dallas fought back and leveled at the stroke of halftime through a Maximiliano Urruti strike.
On 58 minutes, Dallas completed the comeback when Kellyn Acosta lined up and placed a right-footed free-kick past Pachuca goalkeeper Alfonso Blanco.
As expected, the visitors picked up the tempo, and Chris Seitz prevented a late equalizer for Pachuca with a good reaction save to deny a Braian Rodriguez header.
Both sides will meet again on April 4 at the Estadio Hidalgo with the MLS side boasting of a one-goal advantage, though Diego Alonso’s men obtained a crucial away goal in tonight’s defeat.