The dream lives for the New Mexico United.
Kevaughn Frater continued his charmed life with a match-tying goal just before the end of the first half, and Sam Hamilton knocked in the winning goal in the 63rd minute to power the United into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup Tournament with a 2-1 win over FC Dallas on Wednesday at Wescott Field.
The United, one of two United Soccer League teams left in the tournament, will play the Minnesota United on July 10 in a quarterfinal matchup.
Once again, New Mexico had to overcome a deficit, but at least it didn’t happen in the final moments this time. Brandon Servania opened the scoring for FC Dallas when he ripped a shot from just outside the right flank of the penalty box over the outstretched hands of United goalkeeper Cody Mizell in the 41st minute.
The United responded just before the half, as Santi Moar swooped in from the left side and had his shot blocked by Jimmy Maurer. However, the carom bounced to Frater, who took a dribble before slotting into the open goal for a 1-all tie in the 45th minute.
Hamilton was in the right place at the right time on a free kick set play, as Moar and Frater took turns at shooting the ball. However, the ball rolled to Hamilton, and his attempt well inside the penalty box got past Maurer for a 2-1 lead.
Mizell blocked a shot from Paxton Pomykal in the 81st minute to maintain the one-goal lead, and it was the last best try by FC Dallas to tie the score. Mizell finished with six saves on the night.
The United continue their long journey away from home, as they head to Southern California to play Los Angeles Galaxy II at 8 p.m. Saturday.