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Brown matches career playoff high with 40 points, Celtics beat Pacers to take 2-0 lead in East

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Brown matches career playoff high with 40 points, Celtics beat Pacers to take 2-0 lead in East

2024-05-24 12:07 Last Updated At:12:10

BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown was a big enough problem for the Indiana Pacers even before an All-NBA snub that may have given him an added desire to show how much he can do for the Boston Celtics.

“I think he cares about it in a way that motivates him, and I think he doesn’t really care about it at all,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said after watching Brown match his playoff career high of 40 points in Boston’s 126-110 victory over Indiana in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night.

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Members of the Indiana Pacers watch from the bench during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown was a big enough problem for the Indiana Pacers even before an All-NBA snub that may have given him an added desire to show how much he can do for the Boston Celtics.

Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) grabs a rebound next to Indiana Pacers forward Isaiah Jackson (22) during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) grabs a rebound next to Indiana Pacers forward Isaiah Jackson (22) during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum reacts during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum reacts during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum runs back to defend after scoring during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum runs back to defend after scoring during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) is defended by Boston Celtics center Al Horford during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) is defended by Boston Celtics center Al Horford during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum drives to the basket against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum drives to the basket against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Indiana Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard (2) center looks to pass during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Indiana Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard (2) center looks to pass during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) drives to the basket between Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) and guard Derrick White (9) during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) drives to the basket between Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) and guard Derrick White (9) during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics forward Oshae Brissett (12) celebrates after dunking against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics forward Oshae Brissett (12) celebrates after dunking against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) reacts after scoring during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) reacts after scoring during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, left, shoots over Indiana Pacers guard Ben Sheppard (26) during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, left, shoots over Indiana Pacers guard Ben Sheppard (26) during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Members of the Indiana Pacers sit on the bench during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Members of the Indiana Pacers sit on the bench during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) is defended by Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) is defended by Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) grabs a rebound next to Indiana Pacers guard Ben Sheppard, right, during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) grabs a rebound next to Indiana Pacers guard Ben Sheppard, right, during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) reacts on the court during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) reacts on the court during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

“He understands that winning is the most important thing,” Mazzulla said. “He just cares about the right stuff.”

Two nights after his game-saving 3-pointer and one day after he was left out of the voting for the league’s top 15 players, Brown scored 10 points during a 20-0 Boston run that turned a first-quarter deficit into a second-quarter lead that the Celtics never relinquished.

Asked if the All-NBA snub motivated him, Brown said, “I wouldn’t say that.” Asked to elaborate, he said colorfully: “We’re two games from the finals. I don’t got time to (care).”

Jayson Tatum and Derrick White scored 23 points apiece and Jrue Holiday had 15 points and 10 assists for the top-seeded Celtics, who lost Game 2 in both of their previous series this postseason.

Pascal Siakam scored 28 points for Indiana, which heads home for Games 3 and 4 on Saturday and Monday nights in an arena where they have won 11 straight games — including six in the playoffs — since March 18. Tyrese Haliburton, who had 25 points and 10 assists in the series opener, had 10 points and eight assists Thursday before leaving the game in the third.

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said Haliburton injured his left hamstring — the same injury that kept him out of 10 games in January.

“We need Ty, but ‘next man’ mentality," Siakam said. "We’ve got to play together. This team got where we’re at by playing together. ... It’s on us to continue.”

One game after the Celtics jumped to a 12-0 lead and Indiana spent the rest of the first half clawing its way back, the lead changed hands 10 times in the opening quarter, with the Pacers holding a 27-22 edge with 1:14 left.

Then Boston scored the next 20 points.

Indiana missed nine straight shots and committed four turnovers during the drought that lasted more than six minutes. Brown scored 10 on his own during the run and had 24 at the half; he opened the third quarter with two quick baskets to give the Celtics a 61-52 lead.

But Siakam also came out hot in the second half, hitting four baskets in the first four minutes – a pair of 2s and a pair of 3s – to make it a two-point game. Boston pulled away again – this time for good, scoring 16 of the next 21 points.

Indiana never got within single digits again.

Brown scored 26 points Tuesday night, when the Celtics won thanks to some unforced errors by the Pacers — especially Haliburton — down the stretch. On Wednesday, Brown was left off the All-NBA teams; last year’s selection to the second team qualified him for a five-year supermax extension that made him the highest-paid player in the NBA.

“I mean, he has it going,” Holiday said. “Y’all see what I see. Great player. Great leader. But wants to win. And takes thinks into his own hands. So I’m glad to have him on my side. I ride with him. The way JB’s been playing, man, it’s outstanding.”

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Members of the Indiana Pacers watch from the bench during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Members of the Indiana Pacers watch from the bench during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) grabs a rebound next to Indiana Pacers forward Isaiah Jackson (22) during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) grabs a rebound next to Indiana Pacers forward Isaiah Jackson (22) during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum reacts during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum reacts during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum runs back to defend after scoring during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum runs back to defend after scoring during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) is defended by Boston Celtics center Al Horford during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) is defended by Boston Celtics center Al Horford during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum drives to the basket against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum drives to the basket against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Indiana Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard (2) center looks to pass during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Indiana Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard (2) center looks to pass during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) drives to the basket between Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) and guard Derrick White (9) during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) drives to the basket between Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) and guard Derrick White (9) during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics forward Oshae Brissett (12) celebrates after dunking against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics forward Oshae Brissett (12) celebrates after dunking against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) reacts after scoring during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) reacts after scoring during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, left, shoots over Indiana Pacers guard Ben Sheppard (26) during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, left, shoots over Indiana Pacers guard Ben Sheppard (26) during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Members of the Indiana Pacers sit on the bench during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Members of the Indiana Pacers sit on the bench during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) is defended by Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) is defended by Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) grabs a rebound next to Indiana Pacers guard Ben Sheppard, right, during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) grabs a rebound next to Indiana Pacers guard Ben Sheppard, right, during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) reacts on the court during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) reacts on the court during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Rookie Petar Musa had three goals for FC Dallas, finishing off his first career hat trick with the go-ahead score in the second half of a 5-3 victory over Minnesota United on Wednesday night.

Musa used an assist from Paul Arriola to find the net for the first time, giving Dallas (5-8-5) a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute. Musa's second goal came with an assist from Bernard Kamungo in the 38th minute for a 2-1 advantage. He put Dallas on top for good in the 62nd minute — with an assist from Sebastian Lletget — for a 3-2 lead.

Jesús Ferreira used 22-year-old rookie forward Logan Farrington's first career assist to score in the 75th minute for a two-goal lead. Ferreira's goal was his fourth of the season. Farrington followed with his first career goal off another Lletget assist to make it 5-2 in the 90th minute. Farrington has made two starts and 13 appearances this season.

Minnesota United (8-5-5) evened the score at 1-1 in the 32nd minute when Bongokuhle Hlongwane used Joseph Rosales' eighth assist of the season to score his fourth goal.

Hlongwane helped tie it at 2-all when he fed Hassani Dotson for a goal in the 57th minute. It was the third goal of the campaign for Dotson and the third assist for Hlongwane.

Maarten Paes saved four shots for Dallas.

Clint Irwin totaled three saves in his second start of the season for Minnesota United.

Dallas evens the all-time series at 7-7-4 by improving to 5-2-2 against Minnesota United at home.

Dallas has won both of its matches since Peter Luccin took over as interim manager. Dallas beat St. Louis City 2-0 in Luccin's debut.

The two clubs played to a 1-1 draw 11 days ago.

Minnesota United has won just once in its last six matches and was coming off a 2-0 road loss to the Seattle Sounders. Teemu Pukki did not play against Dallas because of an issue with his knee.

Minnesota United heads back home to play Austin FC on Saturday. Dallas travels to play the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.

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Minnesota United forward Jeong Sang-Bin (11) handles the ball next to FC Dallas midfielder Asier Illarramendi (14) and forward Paul Arriola (7) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Minnesota United forward Jeong Sang-Bin (11) handles the ball next to FC Dallas midfielder Asier Illarramendi (14) and forward Paul Arriola (7) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

FC Dallas forward Petar Musa (9) celebrates his third goal against Minnesota United with midfielder Sebastian Lletget (left) and forward Dante Sealy (11), during an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

FC Dallas forward Petar Musa (9) celebrates his third goal against Minnesota United with midfielder Sebastian Lletget (left) and forward Dante Sealy (11), during an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

FC Dallas midfielder Asier Illarramendi (14) reacts as he falls to the ground while defending against Minnesota United forward Bongokuhle Hlongwane (21) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

FC Dallas midfielder Asier Illarramendi (14) reacts as he falls to the ground while defending against Minnesota United forward Bongokuhle Hlongwane (21) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

FC Dallas interim coach Peter Luccin waves to fans before the team's MLS soccer match against Minnesota United on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

FC Dallas interim coach Peter Luccin waves to fans before the team's MLS soccer match against Minnesota United on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Minnesota United midfielder Hassani Dotson (31) reacts after missing a shot, near FC Dallas forward Jesús Ferreira (10) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Minnesota United midfielder Hassani Dotson (31) reacts after missing a shot, near FC Dallas forward Jesús Ferreira (10) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

FC Dallas forward Jesús Ferreira (10) scores a goal next to Minnesota United midfielder Robin Lod (17) during the second half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

FC Dallas forward Jesús Ferreira (10) scores a goal next to Minnesota United midfielder Robin Lod (17) during the second half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Minnesota United midfielder Caden Clark (37) dribbles between FC Dallas defender Sam Junqua (29) and midfielder Liam Fraser (18) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Minnesota United midfielder Caden Clark (37) dribbles between FC Dallas defender Sam Junqua (29) and midfielder Liam Fraser (18) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

FC Dallas defender Sam Junqua (29) heads the ball over Minnesota United forward Bongokuhle Hlongwane (21) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

FC Dallas defender Sam Junqua (29) heads the ball over Minnesota United forward Bongokuhle Hlongwane (21) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

FC Dallas midfielder Asier Illarramendi (14) passes the ball back toward goalkeeper Maarten Paes during the first half of the team's MLS soccer match against Minnesota United on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

FC Dallas midfielder Asier Illarramendi (14) passes the ball back toward goalkeeper Maarten Paes during the first half of the team's MLS soccer match against Minnesota United on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

FC Dallas forward Petar Musa (9) celebrates his goal against Minnesota United with forward Tsiki Ntsabeleng (16) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

FC Dallas forward Petar Musa (9) celebrates his goal against Minnesota United with forward Tsiki Ntsabeleng (16) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Minnesota United forward Bongokuhle Hlongwane (21) watches as the ball lands in the back of the net for a goal during the first half of the team's MLS soccer match against FC Dallas on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Minnesota United forward Bongokuhle Hlongwane (21) watches as the ball lands in the back of the net for a goal during the first half of the team's MLS soccer match against FC Dallas on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Minnesota United forward Bongokuhle Hlongwane (21) heads the ball for a goal next to FC Dallas goalkeeper Maarten Paes (30) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Minnesota United forward Bongokuhle Hlongwane (21) heads the ball for a goal next to FC Dallas goalkeeper Maarten Paes (30) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Frisco, Texas. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

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