- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Mauro Diaz scored on a free kick and set up a penalty and FC Dallas opened the season with a 3-2 comeback victory over the Montreal Impact on Saturday night in coach Oscar Pareja’s debut.

“Once they scored a goal, I sensed our team settle and we started playing,” said Pareja, a former FC Dallas player who coached the Colorado Rapids the last two seasons. “As a result of that, two goals came. We came back to the game just as a reaction to what Montreal gave us or put us into the game with that goal.”

Montreal, playing its first game under former Chicago Fire coach Frank Klopas, opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Sanna Nyassi finished Justin Mapp’s cross.

“It’s hard because you have to work double to come (back) after they score a goal so early in the game,” Diaz said through a translator. “But we know we have the players to reverse that, and luckily we came with a win and were able to hold them back.”

Fabian Castillo tied for Dallas in the 16th minute.

Diaz helped Dallas take a 2-1 lead in the 24th minute when he cut into the box in front of Jeb Brovsky and was pulled down from behind by the defender. Blas Perez, Dallas’ leading scorer last season, rifled the penalty kick past Tony Perkins.

Less than two minutes into the second half, Diaz converted a right-footed, 20-yard free kick over the Impact wall to make it 3-1. Andrew Wenger cut it to one for Montreal on a header in the 65th minute.

“It’s going to be hard to win when you give up three goals,” Klopas said, “but there were some soft goals, especially the free kick they called a handball on Hernan - his hand was tucked in. I just think there were goals that were in situations we could have avoided and handled better.”