Dallas Sidekicks legacy Dillon Powers, whose father is Mike Powers, had a goal and an assist in tonight’s 4-0 win by the Colorado Rapids over FC Dallas. The Rapids rose to a huge occasion, facing the possibility of setting league records in futility for minutes played without scoring or games played without winning, and the Notre Dame alum had his foot in the goals that defined the game.
In the second minute of play, Powers fed a brilliant ball behind the FC Dallas defense that Dominique Badji finished with aplomb to take an early lead and control of the match. Then, to bookend the half, Powers scored on his own, beating Jamaican international JeVaughn Watson and firmly placing a shot in the far corner in the 43rd minute. Dallas made two substitutions at the half, and it affected the flow of play some for the second half, but the Rapids held firm and scored two more to complete the rout.
It was the key plays from the former Andromeda SC and Plano Senior High School player that set the tone, as the early goal gave the Rapids the confidence throughout the half, and Powers’ goal destroyed any confidence Dallas had built in the intervening 41 minutes.
After the game, Powers described the first goal. (Editors Note – all quotes come courtesy of the Dallas Morning News. See the full article HERE.)
“Yeah, that felt good,” the midfielder said. “I found myself in some space on the right side. It felt right for an early cross. I saw Badji behind the defender but I know he has some space, so I just tried to lay it in his path to where he had a chance and he had an incredible finish. I think it was with the bottom of his foot, which is not easy. I’m really happy for him to get his first goal as a professional.”
When told that this was his first professional goal in Dallas, he admitted surprise.
“I didn’t realize that,” Powers said. “I got a lot of friends and family I’m playing in front of tonight. For them to see me score and do well makes me happy.”
Powers described how important the win and the early goal was.
“You always want to get going and it has to start somewhere,” the Plano native said. “The longer it goes, the harder it is sometimes. To get that going, I feel really good about it.”
“We know we’ve been putting a lot of good work this year and maybe deserved a result or two. To finally get it and validate everything we’ve done feels great. Now it’s time to build off of that.
Powers is the son of Dallas Sidekicks legend Mike Powers, who played 15 years for the professional indoor team.