FC Dallas Escapes Canada with 1-0 CONCACAF Champions League Victory

FRISCO, TX - JULY 31: A statue of Lamar Hunt at Pizza Hut Park on July 31, 2011 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Justice was done at BMO Field today as FC Dallas leaves Toronto as 1-0 winners over TFC through a debut goal from defender Jack Stewart and some great defending at the end. The win leaves Dallas as group leaders with 6 points from two games and makes passage through to the knockout round completely straightforward from here. For Dallas, it is also their fourth straight shutout in Champions League play with an amazing defensive effort using two players, Jack Steward and Jeremy Hall, that weren't even on the team a couple weeks ago. 

FCD now hops on a plane to Dallas this afternoon before turning right around and heading to Kansas City for a crucial MLS game this weekend. While the travel schedule is brutal, Dallas should be in good spirits knowing the trip to Toronto was a successful one. Just a few game thoughts from a stream that was jumping in and out. 

Game thoughts

Stewart Impressive on Debut Definitely an impressive performance from Jack Stewart today, who really didn't put much of a step wrong defensively today and grabbed the game-winning goal. He will turn the ball over from time to time, but against the lesser MLS teams Stewart looks hardly outmatched. It would be an enormous boost to FCD if he turns out to be a contributor at the back. 

Champions League Passage You hate to count your eggs before they hatch, but it seems to be pretty much smooth sailing for a Dallas team that needs 4-6 points from their last 4 games(three at home) to ensure Champions League passage. To make the last road trip to Panama relatively meaningless would be a huge boost to a Dallas team that needs all the rest they can get. 

Jeremy Hall Hall is really fitting right in with this FCD backline as well. He gets forward well like an FCD outside back should do and has the speed to get back on defense. He's probably not a starter in an ideal Dallas back four, but he looks to be very competent cover now and going into 2012.

Anything else I missed? 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Big D Soccer

You must be a member of Big D Soccer to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Big D Soccer. You should read them.

Join Big D Soccer

You must be a member of Big D Soccer to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Big D Soccer. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker