Last night, the LA Galaxy throttled Seattle Sounders FC 3-0 to put them in the driver's seat for a spot in their third MLS Cup in the past four years. The Galaxy have owned the Western Conference Final, hosting the 2009, 2010 and 2011 versions at the HDC as well as the first leg of the 2012 WCF last night.
In those four years, the Galaxy have been overwhelmingly dominant, defeating Houston, RSL and Seattle by a combined score of 8-1. That leaves one other game.
With the dominance of the other three years in mind, the 2010 Western Conference Final between LA and FC Dallas becomes all the more remarkable. As you all know, FCD thoroughly dismantled the Galaxy 3-0 in that match behind goals from David Ferreira, George John and Marvin Chavez in what is undoubtedly the best performance in FC Dallas history and quite-likely the best game in franchise history.
Los Angeles Galaxy 0 - 3 FC Dallas (via Lucarneopposee)
I thought it would be interesting to take a look at where each of the 18 players from that match are now as we sit two years removed from that fantastic game.
DAL -- David Ferreira 1 (Marvin Chavez 1, Atiba Harris 1) 26
DAL -- George John 1 (Brek Shea 2, Ugo Ihemelu 1) 54
DAL -- Marvin Chavez 1 (David Ferreira 3) 73
LA -- Dema Kovalenko (caution; Reckless Tackle) 31
LA -- David Beckham (caution; Dissent) 73
LA -- Chris Birchall (caution; Reckless Foul) 82
LA -- Alex Cazumba (caution; Reckless Foul) 84
DAL -- Zach Loyd (caution; Tactical Foul) 85
FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman, Jackson Goncalves, George John, Ugo Ihemelu, Jair Benitez, Marvin Chavez (Zach Loyd 74), Dax McCarty (Eric Alexander 87), David Ferreira, Daniel Hernandez, Brek Shea, Atiba Harris.
Substitutes Not Used: Eric Avila, Jeff Cunningham, Bruno Guarda, Ruben Luna, Dario Sala.
Kevin Hartman - Still the goalkeeper for FC Dallas and probably the defensive MVP of FC Dallas for the past two seasons.
Jackson - Looked like his time with the team may be over heading into 2012 as he went on loan to Brazilians Cruzeiro, but he was recalled from loan as FCD went through an injury crisis. Jackson went on to have a nice 2012 with four goals and seven assists in 21 games. One interesting note is that in the 2010 WCF, Jackson was played at right back while this year he was at right mid.
George John - John looked like he was on the outs twice last year, but returned to FC Dallas and looks more likely to sign a new contract with each passing day. When healthy, he's a top 5 MLS center back and if he can put together a long run of health could move into the US National Team mix.
Ugo Ihemelu - Ugo missed almost the entire 2012 season as he deals with concussion symptoms. Will he play again? It's a question that unfortunately has to be asked.
Jair Benitez - Jair has been an ironman for FCD since joining the squad in 2009, appearing in at least 27 games in each of his three full seasons here. Discipline issues have haunted him though a return for one last year in 2013 is still likely on the cards.
Daniel Hernandez - The captain of the 2010 championship team saw his playing time diminish towards the end of 2012 with the signing of Julian de Guzman and his return in 2013 seems unlikely at this point with a full-time move to the coaching staff a strong possibility.
Marvin Chavez - Chavez was shockingly traded to San Jose last off-season in a move that likely facilitated the signing of Blas Perez. The Honduran had a fantastic 2012 campaign with the Earthquakes, finishing tied for third in MLS with 13 assists
Dax McCarty - McCarty was selected by Portland in the expansion draft just days after MLS Cup 2010 and he bounced around before finding a permanent home in New York where he's just finished a season that has him on the fringes of the MLS Best XI
David Ferreira - Ferreira missed almost 15 months with a broken ankle/foot suffered in early 2011, but went on to lead the team with 9 assists in just 17 games played through the second half of this season
Brek Shea - Shea went on to have a breakout 2011 campaign that saw him make the MLS Best XI, finish on the final shortlist for league MVP and earn a spot on the national team. 2012 was a nightmare campaign in which he struggled with a toe injury the entire year and has just recent had surgery that will keep him out until late February 2013.
Atiba Harris - Atiba was selected by Vancouver in the 2011 expansion draft and has stayed with them ever since. He missed almost the entire 2011 campaign with injury and finished this season with just seven games played.
Zach Loyd - Loyd went on to lock down the right back spot for FC Dallas full-time in 2011 and is becoming one of the bigger leaders on the team as he looks to hopefully sign a new contract this off-season.
Eric Alexander - Alexander was traded to Portland in mid-2011 for outside back Jeremy Hall. Hall was then flipped to Toronto FC last off-season for a second round draft pick that will be the #20 overall pick in the 2013 draft. Alexander has played fairly consistently for the Timbers but hasn't quite reached the heights of his 2010 season.
Dario Sala - Sala retired after the 2010 campaign moving on to become an agent and operator of a major system of youth camps around the southwest. He manages Mauro Rosales and Milovan Mirosevic among others around the league.
Eric Avila - Avi was traded to Toronto FC for Maicon Santos midway through last season. He's gotten some consistent minutes for the Reds, but has kind of confirmed what most already knew. That he is a great guy to have in the locker room and an impact offensive sub on good teams, but has been unable to prove himself as starting quality in the league.
Bruno Guarda - Bruno was cut by FC Dallas early last week after failing to make an impact in 2011 or 2012.
Ruben Luna - Luna showed major promise over the past two years since MLS Cup, but has shown maturity issues along the way and was released by FC Dallas last week.
Jeff Cunningham - Cunningham moved on to Columbus for 2011 and scored two goals in limited minutes to set the MLS all-time goal scoring record. After an interesting stint in Guatemala, he signed with San Antonio of the NASL last season and could play for them again next year.