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Pepi, Ferreira Each Score Twice, FC Dallas Beats Austin 5-3

FILE: Jesus Ferreira #9 FC Dallas with the ball during a game between FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park on July 31, 2021 in Kansas City, Kansas.
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Ricardo Pepi and Jesus Ferreira each scored two first-half goals to help FC Dallas beat Austin FC 5-3 on Sunday night.

The 18-year-old Pepi, a dual national born in El Paso, Texas, has 11 goals this season -- the most by an American in MLS. He was named to the U.S. national team this week, picking the squad over Mexico.

Jader Obrian added a goal early in the second half for Dallas (6-9-7). Julio Cascante, Diego Fagundez and Alexander Ring scored for expansion Austin (5-12-4).

Szabolcs Schon played a low cross from the right side to Pepi, who blasted a roller from 15 yards out to give Dallas the lead for good in the 36th minute.

Obrian back-heeled a ball to Schon, whose shot was blocked by defender Matt Besler but Ferreira put away a one-touch side-footer in the 38th. After an Austin turnover near midfield, Pepi raced down the right side before slipping a roller inside the near post to make 4-1 in the 40th.

Ferreira opened the scoring in the fifth minute, ripping a roller between goalkeeper Brad Stuver's legs and into the net after Pepi poked the ball away from Stuver.

Zan Kolmanic played a long arcing ball-in from the left wing to Cascante, who side-netted a header from the corner of the 6-yard box for Austin in the 13th. Fagundez scored in the 59th and Ring in the 68th.

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Stuver, who went into the game leading MLS in both saves per 90 minutes (4.35) and save percentage (78.4%), had two saves.

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