DALLAS -- Brandon Servania came off the bench to score two goals in the final nine minutes, as FC Dallas earned a wild 5-3 victory over visiting Minnesota United on Saturday, Aug. 10.
With the game tied in the 85th minute, Michael Barrios sent a cross in front to a sliding Servania -- who had entered 10 minutes earlier -- in front of the net for the deciding score.
The goal was Servania's first as an MLS player, and it took him only six more minutes to convert his second, knocking in a Paxton Pomykal cross three minutes into stoppage time to seal away Dallas' victory.
After being shut out four times in their previous six games, FC Dallas (10-9-6, 36 points) ended their scoring drought in decisive fashion on Saturday, reaching the five-goal plateau for the first time all season. The win also provides more of a cushion above the postseason line. FC Dallas now sit just two points behind Minnesota United (11-8-5, 38 points), who could have moved into second place in the Western Conference with a win.
The defeat snapped an 11-match unbeaten streak (9-0-2) for Minnesota between MLS regular-season play and the U.S. Open Cup.
A wild first half saw FC Dallas score three goals and dominate the overall run of play, though Minnesota capitalized on its only two real opportunities of the opening 45 minutes.
Ethan Finlay opened the scoring in the 11th minute, after a sloppy Dallas clearance in its own end helped a loose ball find him in the box.
After Ryan Hollingshead equalized for FC Dallas in the 28th minute, Santiago Mosquera put the home side ahead on a long-range shot four minutes later. Mosquera's strike from outside the box evaded leaping Loons keeper Vito Mannone and banked off the upper corner of the post and into the net.
The Loons leveled the score again thanks to Finlay, who took a Collin Martin pass from midfield at the edge of the box and converted his second goal of the night. It was the sixth brace of Finlay's eight-year MLS career, and his first since March 10, 2018.
Reggie Cannon put Dallas ahead once more in the 45th minute. He squeezed a shot past Mannone at the near post for the defender's first goal of the season.
Minnesota equalized for the second time in the game on a fine individual effort from Hassani Dotson in the 73rd minute. Dotson retained possession in Dallas' end amidst defensive pressure, and launched a tremendous shot that curled into the net.