Well that wasn't what anyone was expecting, but FC Dallas was held 0-0 by Chivas USA despite outshooting them 13-2 and really allowing nothing in the second half at all. My thoughts after the game:
Formation Changes We've been through it before and FCD again changed formations back to the 4-4-2 moving Brek Shea up top with Scott Sealy in the first half before subbing Sealy off in the second half and moving back to the 4-5-1 with Shea alone up top. After a cohesive offensive performance against Houston, FC Dallas stuttered to their old ways.
While it would have been tough leaving a guy like Fabian Castillo on the bench and keeping Bryan Leyva at the attacking midfield position, perhaps that would've been a better option while having Castillo off the bench to change the game late. With Ferreira likely returning next game, this probably won't be a problem in the future, but still a frustrating change that didn't really work.
Shea's Return A very impressive return to the lineup for Brek Shea. The Texan led all players with six shots and really was the most dangerous player for Dallas nearly giving FCD the lead twice around the hour mark. A very encouraging performance from Brek and he should only get more healthy with 10 days until the next game.
Keep readingTime Running Out The next two home games are must wins. There's no way around it, the margin for error is gone. For FCD to have much chance to make the playoffs they need to win 10 of their last 17 games and these two upcoming have to be two of those 10.
Young team If there is a silver lining, it is that 7 of the starting XI were aged 24 or under and the ages of the back four that held Chivas USA scoreless? (22, 22, 23, 24) Things are bleak right now but the future is bright.
Blas missed badly Sealy wasn't awful, but it seems like he's playing almost as well as he can and doesn't really mesh into the way this squad wants to play. I think he deserves a lot of respect for working hard to get healthy and back to the place that he's in, but I'm not sure if FCD is the right squad for his talents.
As the only real true forward in the game yesterday, he's got to find a way to get on the end of Fabian Castillo's crosses and I just can't remember him getting on the end of one of them. Blas probably would've had a goal or two last night, he just finds a way to get into the right spots.
Regarding the Hernandez Situation Schellas was absolutely justified in pulling Hernandez off corner kick duty. His service has been consistently poor from set pieces while FCD has scored twice from Bryan Leyva corners this year. Immediately after taking corner kick duty, Jackson sent in two perfect corners and justified Hyndman's decision. The biggest question, and one that can't really be answered, is whether Schellas did enough to let Hernandez know about the decision. The Twitter stuff is probably a little overblown as Hernandez is player that always wears his heart on his sleeve.
On the players coming back next game…
We know Blas will be coming back. I have a good bet that Jair [Benitez] will be coming back. I think David [Ferreira] and [Ricardo] Villar will be at the point where they might be getting on the bench. Hopefully we can get them in to play some minutes.
Can't happen soon enough. And that was a penalty at the end.