It’s a birthday Francis Atuahene won’t soon forget.
The FC Dallas forward, who turned 23 on Saturday, came off the bench on his MLS debut and scored his first league goal 42 seconds later to help FC Dallas secure a 2-2 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium.
The fourth overall selection of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, Atuahene entered the match in the 64th minute for Michael Barrios and immediately made an impact. The Ghanaian forward received a pass from Jacori Hayes, cut back inside of Marcos Lopez and fired a shot inside the far post to level the match.
A bizarre own goal by San Jose goalkeeper Daniel Vega put FC Dallas (6-6-4, 22 points) in front in the 27th minute. Vega restarted with a short pass to Florian Jungwirth. The defender played back to Vega, who initially looked away before essentially nutmegging himself after a slight touch off his leg.
One minute into the second half, Chris Wondolowski continued his torrid pace, scoring his club’s eighth consecutive goal in four matches to level for the Earthquakes.
The MLS all-time leading scorer latched onto a Magnus Eriksson cross and beat FC Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer with a volley from 11 yards out for his 152nd career regular season goal.
Jun 8, 2019; San Jose, CA, USA; FC Dallas players warm up prior to their game against the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
Eriksson then put San Jose (5-6-4, 19 points) in front in the 54th minute following Video Review. The Swedish midfielder collected a ball cut back into the box by Tommy Thompson and beat Maurer with his first-time shot. Matt Hedges tried to clear the ball off the line, but following the review it was determined Hedges was behind the goal line.
A match with a little bit of everything ended with an equalizer by a birthday boy on his debut.
Both teams shift their focus now to the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, where San Jose host Sacramento Republic of the USL Championship on Tuesday, while FC Dallas is home for OKC Energy, also of the USL Championship, Wednesday night.