Ryan Hollingshead scored the winning goal off a rebound in the 82nd minute, and FC Dallas held on to beat the visiting Colorado Rapids 2-1 on Saturday at Frisco, Texas.
What began with a pass into the box from 17-year-old Thomas Roberts ended when Hollingshead drove home a rebound of a Tim Howard save.
It also came after Colorado equalized in the 69th minute. Off a set piece, the Rapids' Kei Kamara put a header off the crossbar. A sliding Tommy Smith got the rebound off his leg, and just over the goal line and into the body of Dallas keeper Jesse Gonzalez.
However, the initial call on the pitch was no goal, but after video review, the Rapids were awarded the goal. It looked like they would earn at least a point on the day, until Dallas responded.
Both sides were minus key players due to internationals duties. Colorado was without key forward Diego Rubio, while FC Dallas did not have starting midfielders Carlos Gruezo and Bryan Acosta. That forced Dallas to start five home-grown players.
Gonzalez, though, surprisingly featured in between responsibilities with the U.S. men's national squad.
However, youth did not seem to hinder Dallas, which came out of the gate firing. The hosts had the first quality chance of the game when Dominique Badji hit the right post off a set-piece in the third minute. Two minutes later, Paxton Pomykal had his 6-yard attempt blocked.
It would be Michael Barrios, though, who broke through for his second goal of the season in the 35th minute for Dallas. After some nifty passing across the box, Barrios cross-footed a ground strike to the near post and past a diving Howard for the 1-0 lead.
Dallas held a 6-4 advantage in shots on target.