Apologies for the tardiness, but I just wanted to add a few things kicking around in my head after Saturday's crushing loss to the Galaxy.
Outworked and Outcoached I really thought coming out of halftime that the Galaxy were going to rue their missed chances in the first half. You just don't usually see a team sustain that kind of high-pressure defense for 90 minutes during the summer in Frisco. It's why Dallas normally has such a home-field advantage in the summer. That is a fit Galaxy team and it really showed last night. All the credit in the world goes to them for that performance and all the credit should also go to Bruce Arena.
The legendary coach set up a perfect game plan against FC Dallas, with the high pressure setup that the Timbers chose not to use and Arena had it played perfectly. Sarvas and Juninho were absolutely fantastic all evening long while the high pressure from Robbie Keane and Mike Magee didn't allow Dallas to breathe. The second half substitutions by Schellas Hyndman were ineffective and Dallas looked like the gassed team late in the game which is fairly unacceptable.
Central Midfield Dominated Simply put the trio of Hernandez, Jacobson and Ferreira were unable to impose their will on the two-man midfield of Sarvas & Juninho. It's the harsh reality, but it's the truth. You play a 4-5-1 formation to have that extra man in the midfield to do what you want and they were unable to get it done on Saturday. Full credit to the fantastic Galaxy duo, but this was certainly the most disappointing aspect of things from a Dallas standpoint.
Reality Check They say not to get too high after a win and not to get too low after a loss, but Saturday was certainly a reality check on how far Dallas needs to go to get back to the West elite. On Saturday night there was no unlucky bounces or injuries to lament. I think the same problems would have happened whether Blas and Brek were there or not.
Moving Forward It's looking like to even have an outside shot at the playoffs Dallas would need to go 7-2-2. Which is obviously pretty unrealistic. At this point, I think you need to figure out who can contribute to this team next year whether they're homegrowns or veterans. Every spot should be earned and I want to see every player fighting for the right to suit up next season for what could be a make or break year for Schellas Hyndman.
Scattershooting National anthem, holy wow...LA delivered a master class in how to shut down David Ferreira...Hartman is still amazing...Schellas told us Hedges was pulled off at halftime because of a slight hamstring tweak...Still can't believe how fit LA was through 90 minutes in that heat...awesome crowd