Not the best weekend for FCD outside of their own result. For Dallas to get back in the playoff race, they need to win and Vancouver/LA need to lose. One side of that kept up their bargain, but Vancouver and LA made statement wins.
Fresh off getting pounded by Seattle last weekend, the Galaxy proved Chivas are more pretenders than contenders last night....With Vancouver beating RSL as well, Dallas still sits 10 points behind LA and 11 behind the Whitecaps.
The Galaxy claimed the SuperClasico series victory over the Rojiblancos for the seventh time in eight seasons, winning two of this year’s three matchups and outscoring Chivas 7-2 in the process.
Wednesday's big game in Vancouver is going to be missing a bunch of players for both sides. Brek Shea, Julian de Guzman and Carlos Rodriguez will not be available for FC Dallas.
Rodriguez heads to Lisbon for a glamour matchup with Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal while de Guzman doesn't go quite as far, playing Trinidad and Tobago in Miami. Of course, Brek Shea and the USMNT head to
get slaughtered battle Mexico at Estadio Azteca.
For Vancouver, a whopping five players will be missing including a few huge pieces.
As a result of these international call-ups, Barbara will miss Whitecaps FC’s two home matches versus Real Salt Lake on Saturday and FC Dallas next Wednesday. Mattocks, Mitchell, Richards, and Teibert will only miss next Wednesday’s clash versus FC Dallas on Bell Pitch at BC Place.
Back on the home front, Daniel Hernandez gave a spanish language interview to Denise Isla of La Estrella with one very important nugget at the end(run through google translator)...I believe it basically says that only the 2012 season was guaranteed as a player contract for Hernandez while the next two are as an assistant with team options for the playing side. Purely speculation, but I expect Hernandez to return next season in a limited role.
LE: Have you talked with Schellas and the club? What are the terms of your contract?
DH: He who is signed for three years, one year as a player that is guaranteed this year, the last two as an assistant with the healthy option if I can still sign me another year as a player. After the tournament platicaré with them, I renewed hope to return next year.
The great Steve Davis made the trek from Lakewood up to Frisco for Saturday night's game and gives us his thoughts on the win.
At least twice in the first half, Dallas center backs were forward to hunt for set piece deliveries. Rather than playing balls toward then, Dallas went for something short and then watched as their center backs needed to sprint back. Curious.
He also has no problem with Brek Shea being called up to the national team.
But, of course, this isn’t about winning a game in Mexico – a mission of low-probability success potential, by the way.
This is all about getting to Brazil 2014 and about achieving as much as realistically possible once there
Peter Welpton has game grades on Saturday's big win
Luna: 5 – A very nice, but not great night. You can see in brief moments why the kid was signed to a senior deal, and then you see some of those poor decisions, halted runs or lack of 100% effort, i.e.: reasons why you haven’t seen him more. Brek owes him dinner for failing to score on his outstanding service early in the match.
Feel free to read my three plays that changed Saturday's game for the FCD website.
FC Dallas wasn’t great for 90 minutes on Saturday night, but they didn’t have to be. Some heroics in goal from Kevin Hartman and a ten-minute offensive outburst spurred FCD on to a 3-2 win over Colorado that pulls them into a tie for sixth place in the Western Conference.
And my sidebar for MLSSoccer.com on Kevin Hartman's heroics spurring the FCD offense.
“It was definitely an eye-opener for me, personally,” forward Ruben Luna said of Hartman’s saves. “It’s motivation that [your goalkeeper] is saving us, so you need to do the same.”
And as always, check out Kyle McCarthy's Monday MLS Breakdown
The midweek exultation could have paved the way for a letdown. It didn't. Teal Bunbury scored after 12 minutes to grab a foothold in a frenetic affair against a D.C. United side without Dwayne De Rosario (shoulder) for the first time this season