At the University of Texas at Austin's Mike A. Myers Stadium, Columbus Crew SC fell to FC Dallas by a 3-1 final on Friday night. The match was the opening contest of the inaugural ATX Pro Challenge.
In the second half, newcomer Kristinn Steindorson gave Crew SC its first goal of the preseason after tapping in a cross from Ethan Finlay. Ben Speas provided a through ball to Finlay along the right flank before the co-2014 club Budweiser Golden Boot winner found the Icelander in the heart of the box for the Black & Gold tally.
Earlier in the contest, Blas Perez opened the scoring the FC Dallas, with Ryan Hollingshead adding a pair of tallies.
Crew SC next plays the loser of the second match of the evening, which pits the Black & Gold's new USL affiliate, the Austin Aztex, against D.C. United.
MATCH STREAM: WATCH
Columbus Crew SC 1 – FC Dallas 3
Friday, February 13, 2015
Venue: Mike A. Myers Stadium, Austin, Texas
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistants: James Conlee, C. Oscar Mitchell
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi
Weather: 66 degrees and clear
FCD – Blas Perez (Ryan Hollingshead) 30'
FCD – Ryan Hollingshead (unassisted) 38'
FCD – Ryan Hollingshead (unassisted) 44'
CLB – Kristinn Steindorsson (Ethan Finlay) 65'
CLB – Kei Kamara (caution) 29')
FCD – Atiba Harris (caution) 43'
CLB – Michael Parkhurst (caution) 45'
CLB – Tony Tchani (caution) 60'
FCD – Juan Toja (caution) 72'
Columbus Crew SC: Steve Clark (Brad Stuver 46'); Chad Barson (Hernan Grana 46'), Michael Parkhurst © (Tyson Wahl 46' ©), Emanuel Pogatetz (Kalen Ryden 46'), Chris Klute (Waylon Francis 46'); Hector Jimenez (Tony Tchani 46'), Kevan George (Mohammed Saeid 46'); Romain Gall (Ethan Finlay 46'), Federico Higuain (Ben Speas 46'), Justin Meram (Kristinn Steindorsson 46'); Kei Kamara (Aaron Schoenfeld 46')
Substitutes not used: Matt Lampson, Tomas Gomez; Sergio Campbelll, Wil Trapp, Sagi Lev-Ari, Adam Bedell
FC Dallas: Chris Seitz; Atiba Harris (Damian Rosales 75'), Matt Hedges (Will Seymore 65'), Walker Zimmerman (Moises Hernandez 46'); Aurelio Saco-Vertiz (Otis Earle 56'), Victor Ulloa (Kyle Bekker 62), Michel (Juan Toja 58'), Mauro Diaz (Danny Garcia 56'), Ryan Hollingshead (Aaron Meyer 75'), Fabian Castillo (Jaineil Hoilett 59'), Blas Perez (David Texeira 56')
Substitutes not used: Dan Kennedy, Jesse Gonzalez; Tesho Akindele, Coy Craft, Zach Loyd, Stephen Keel, Kellyn Acosta, Alex Zendejas
The Black & Gold next play the loser of Friday evening's contest between D.C. United and the Austin Aztex. Crew SC will play that match on Sunday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Newcomers Kei Kamara, Chris Klute, Hernan Grana, Mohammed Saeid and Kristinn Steindorsson all made their first preseason appearances for Crew SC, with unsigned draft pick Kalen Ryden doing the same for the Black & Gold.
Federico Higuain led the Black & Gold in shots in the contest, with three. Kristinn Steindorsson and Aaron Schoenfeld each recorded two shots for Crew SC.
In total, eight different players recorded at least one shot for Columbus.
Crew SC totaled 12 shots for the contest, with FC Dallas amassing 10.
The Black & Gold had seven corner kicks for the game, with FC Dallas registering five.