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.
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?