Howdy folks! It's been a busy week so far for MLS and it's only going to be crazier tomorrow as most teams play their second game of the week.
FC Dallas fought Portland to a 1-1 draw Wednesday with both teams missing key players. FCD of course scored their goal from a Kenny Cooper PK awarded to the Hoops because of a foul in the box on Blas Perez. Many people (especially PTFC fans) have claimed that the penalty was soft and shouldn't have been awarded because of fouls committed by both players. Pro Soccer Talk writer Richard Farley says that while it's understandable that Portland was upset they shouldn't have been surprised.
By the time the lead official saw what was going on, Guzman may have only seen Portland’s Andrew Jean-Bapiste — arms extended with a hold of Blas Pérez’s kit — standing over a falling Dallas attacker. You may not agree with the call, but the whistle shouldn’t have been shocking.
I've watched this penalty call more than a few times and while I might be biased here, Jean-Baptiste is pulling on Blas' jersey well before Blas spins around in the box. Say what you will but to me it's a clear foul in the box which equals a PK call.
FCDallas.com brings us all of Wednesdays video highlights including the controversial PK call.
FCDallas.com and Scott Brown also brings up my new favorite way to relive the game day experience with their Social Media Recap which includes post game comments by the players and coaches.
You can also go check out Matt Barbour's match breakdown for MLSSoccer.com if you haven't had your fill of replays.
FC Dallas dropped their first points at home this season, but the league’s two hottest teams extended their unbeaten runs to eight straight games after the Portland Timbers battled the league leaders to a 1-1 draw at FC Dallas Stadium on Wednesday.
Know Thine Enemy
The Hoops take on lowly D.C. United tomorrow evening at 7:30 at FC Dallas Stadium and if you haven't gotten your tickets yet head over HERE to grab some. And if you can't make it or want to watch MLS games this weekend that you normally don't get to see, MLS Live is streaming for free all weekend.
DC United have had a rough go of it lately loosing their last 6 game including a 4-0 thumping against Houston on Wednesday. Black and Red writer Adam Taylor breaks down (in more ways than one) Wednesday's game against the Dynamo.
My mother always told me, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." But I was never very good at listening, and we need a recap, so here goes. On Wednesday night at RFK Stadium,played a truly horrible game of soccer, which was fully reflected by the 4-0 scoreline in favor of the visiting . United, as it has in each of the last few games, led in several statistical categories - possession, shots, shots on goal, open play crosses, corner kicks - but failed to score while allowing an unacceptable number of goals into their own net.
United has many issues but their CB's have just had horrible game after horrible game and should be very weary of the strong attack that FCD will bring to this match.
Nick Cammarota at MLSSoccer.com writes about the frustration the DCU players and coaches are feeling right now due to their terrible lack of form lately.
"We’re just giving teams goals," United coach Ben Olsen said after the match. "All these teams aren’t earning these goals. They’re saying, ‘Sit back, counter D.C. and they’ll make mistakes.’ And we have consistently done that.
"Once that happens, the game becomes an exercise in us trying to get one back and pushing and pushing, and ultimately if you don’t get the break, it’s probably going to come back the other way because you’re going to be taking chances. It’s not a good recipe right now."
I feel bad for Ben Olsen honestly. He did such a great job last year with his former team and with key losses in DeLeon and Chris Pontius this team has fallen apart. Of course FC Dallas fans know what it's like to have have top players out with injury and the team not be able to adjust.
Benuski at Black and Red wonders if a solution may be to give the young players a shot to make an impact.
The whole point of the USL Pro-MLS Reserve League loan agreement was to get the young players at the end of each team's bench some quality experience so that they would be able to break into the main team at some point. For, however, that time may be coming far sooner than anyone has anticipated. At this point, is there any reason not to give players like , , , and a chance at starting for D.C. United? They certainly can't do any worse than how the team has done so far, and the extended run out might finally answer the questions about whether they are quality starters, quality backups, or pieces that need to be replaced.
I'm not sure putting in players who may not be ready is a good option but I see why, with their current run of bad games, fans may feel this way. Sometimes when a young player gets a shot at the first team they blossom and thrive and the team finds a gem they may not have known they had.
Hot on the heels of AZ Alkmaar winning the Dutch Cup against PSV with Jozy Altidor scoring the game winning goal, the news came out yesterday that AZ wouldn't be releasing Jozy Altidor for upcoming USMNT games and caused a stir among fans. Today however AZ are backing off of those rumors and are saying that they are trying to work something out with US Soccer. Alex Labidou with Goal.com with the story.
Jozy Altidore could potentially play in upcoming United States men's national team friendlies against Belgium and Germany after all.
AZ Alkmaar director and former U.S. international Earnie Stewart explained to Goal.com that he is still in the process of working out an arrangement that work best for all three parties involved: Altidore, the U.S. national team and AZ.
"We are looking to work out something with the U.S., nothing official has been decided yet," Stewart told Goal.com in a telephone interview.
A spokesperson from U.S. Soccer confirmed that the two parties are still in discussions, saying, "U.S. Soccer and AZ Alkmaar are continuing to have discussions over a release date for Jozy Altidore."
I think that this has more to do with AZ wanting to sell Jozy this summer and they of course want him healthy. Anyone who knows me is aware of my feelings about Jozy's contributions to the USMNT (meh) but I do think he's a great player who the US would miss if he wasn't able to play. Who would replace Jozy if he isn't able to go?
Saturday's 3v3 Tournament Benefiting Delete Blood Cancer
The Dallas Beer Guardians are hosting their 2nd Annual 3v3 Tournament on the east side of the stadium Saturday. Delete Blood Cancer will be out signing up people to be on their donor list. Please come out and play or at least come watch some entertaining footy and support a great cause. Chris Seitz will be making an appearance at 10 and DBG will be holding a raffle for a game worn and autographed Seitz jersey and more great prizes. Special thanks to Daniel Robertson and everyone at FCDallas.com for helping to get the word out. Head over to FCDallas.com or go to @DallasBeerGrdns on twitter for all the details.
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