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El Torito's Last-Second Strike Pulls FC Dallas Within Five Points of a Playoff Spot
With 10 games left in the season, FC Dallas sat 11 points out of a playoff spot with little hope of pulling themselves back into the race. However, a three-game in eight-day stretch against Colorado, Vancouver and Real Salt Lake presented the Red and White with a golden opportunity to show the league that they weren't quite dead yet.
They took full advantage, defeating Colorado and Vancouver behind virtuoso performances from their Colombian talisman David Ferreira. However, he saved his best act for last.
With time ticking down at Rio Tinto Stadium and a disappointing draw on the cards, Ferreira reminded everyone why he was the 2010 MLS MVP.
The transcendent goal pulled FC Dallas within 5 points of a playoff spot with 7 games to play, and it was made even more incredible by the fact that Ferreira had nothing left in his tank.
Schellas Hyndman: When we were winning, 1-0, he came up to me and said, ‘I’m dead. I’m absolutely dead,’ and I said, ‘Ok, we’ll get a change for you.’ He said, ‘No, I’m going to keep fighting, but I just want you to know I’m dead. I can’t run.’ Then Matt [Hedges] got hurt, so we used our third sub and I just had him hold up a little bit higher…it really made the difference didn’t it?
The goal sparked off wild celebrations on Twitter and is certainly one of the most positive moments of the 2012 season.
El Torito earned MLS Player of the Week honors after the strike, which gave FC Dallas their first-ever win at Rio Tinto Stadium.