Smell that? That is the sweet smell of redemption. FC Dallas came into tonight's match with the Colorado Rapids, looking nothing like the team that made it to the MLS Cup a year ago. But all that changed. A Brek Shea move to the left back, with the addition of Andrew Jacobson in the middle of the midfield saw Dallas control the game from start to finish.
Dallas rode two goals from David Ferreria and another from Ugo Ihemelu to get the 3-0 victory. FCD got quality playing out of Jacobson in the middle of the park. His first start with the club really opened Ferreira up to do what he does best, create chances and to score them.
Colorado rarely tested the back four of Dallas too. Maybe it was the lack of Pablo Mastroeni, or not having Conor Casey up top that did it but the Rapids really never looked like a team that was 3-0-0 on the season.
(More thoughts, stats and videos after the jump)
DAL -- Andrew Jacobson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 13
COL -- Sanna Nyassi (caution; Persistent Infringement) 19
COL -- Caleb Folan (caution; Reckless Foul) 33
COL -- Anthony Wallace (caution; Reckless Tackle) 52
COL -- Omar Cummings (caution; Reckless Foul) 81
COL -- Drew Moor (caution; Reckless Tackle) 84
DAL -- Daniel Hernandez (caution; Dissent) 90
Colorado Rapids -- Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura, Marvell Wynne, Drew Moor, Anthony Wallace (Tyrone Marshall 63),Joseph Nane, Jeff Larentowicz, Jamie Smith, Sanna Nyassi (Brian Mullan 46), Omar Cummings, Caleb Folan (Quincy Amarikwa 61).
FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Brek Shea, Marvin Chavez (Eric Avila 30), David Ferreira, Daniel Hernandez, Andrew Jacobson (Eric Alexander 70), Fabian Castillo, Milton Rodriguez (Ruben Luna 66).
Referee: Paul Ward
Referee's Assistants: Joe Fletcher; Anthony Vasoli
4th Official: Armando Villarreal
Weather: Clear and 86 degrees
The Pacifier. You're probably thinking, what the hell was Ferreira doing with a baby pacifier in his pants. Well it turns out he and his wife are expecting a child. Interesting celebration for sure on the first goal, a little weird he had that thing in his shorts for 40 minutes though. Furthermore, he was probably lucky not to pick up a yellow for the celebration too given the way refs are these days. Still, congrats to Ferreira and his family for the news!
Jacobson in the middle. Hyndman has tied Eric Alexander there, and Jackson...now Jacobson. This move definitely worked tonight. He was active early and often in this one and really allowed Ferreira to do what he does best on the offensive side of the ball. Most importantly he didn't give up a lot of dumb passes in the midfield. That was key. He helped Dallas maintain their monster amount of possession and was a beast to deal with for the Rapids.
Speed to burn. Between Castillo, Chavez, Loyd and Shea, I think Dallas had it's fastest players on the wings tonight and Colorado just could not keep up. The Rapids have speed of their own but they just weren't able to keep up with all four of them on the flanks tonight. Throw in Eric Avila in the mix too when he came in for Chavez. All worked well with one another when players switched sides and each linked up nicely with David Ferreira.
Rodriguez. Just a small note on Milton. He didn't score tonight but I was more impressed by how active he was tonight. He caused a lot of problems for the Rapids because he stretched them out in the back. With him moving around and Ferreira playing a little higher tonight the Rapids just didn't match up well with the offense.
Castillo's first touch. This may be the first young player that I've ever seen have such an amazing first touch. Most young players with his kind of speed usually let the ball get away from him but boy does he ever find ways to beat his defender and keep the ball near him. It is only a matter of time before this kid starts scoring.
Back four. So Jair Beneitz was out tonight and Shea filled in for him on the left side. Folks we may have our new back four with Shea, John, Ihemelu, and Loyd. Those four worked very well together and having Shea on the outside made the most sense. He was able to treck up like he likes to and presented plenty of dangerous chances for FCD on offense but he was also able to keep guys like Caleb Folan, Omar Cummings and Jamie Smith at bay.
Hyndman on the game:
Hyndman on Ferreira and Jacobson:
Hyndman on Shea at left back
Jacobson on his first start with Dallas
What did you all think of tonight's match? Happy to see Dallas get their first win? Did it feel nice to beat the Rapids this way? Let's hear your thoughts.