Howdy folks! I know I'm a day late with this (please forgive me) but I'm back and ready to go.
It was a tough weekend in Seattle for FCD with a 4-2 loss, however the Hoops remain atop the West. MLSSoccer.com's Jeremiah Oshan has his Match Recap up.
The match was every bit as wild as the scoreline suggests. In addition to the Sounders scoring four goals in back-to-back matches for the first time in franchise history, the match featured a rare "Olimpico" -- a goal scored directly from a corner kick -- from Dallas first-year sensation Michel, a red card to FCD's Blas Perez for an elbow that bloodied Sounders defender Leo Gonzalez, and a stunning goal-line clearance from Dallas' London Woodberry.
It was a rough game for just about every FCD player save for Michel and Kenny Cooper. The Defense was terrible for 95% of this match, save for Woodberry's amazing goal-line clearance. The loss of John, Jacobson, and Ferreira shown brightly during the match. Mid field possession was at a minimum and, in my opinion, one the things that hurt the team most. Let's hope for a much better result this weekend against the Quakes (get your tickets here!).
At FCDallas.com Daniel Robertson points out that the loss wasn't all bad and that the team responded the second half in a very positive way, until the red card.
Despite the loss, Dallas showed plenty of grit coming out of the locker room after a lackluster first half. Goals from Kenny Cooper and Michel seven minutes apart overturned the 2-0 deficit, perhaps signaling that Dallas' hoodoo against the Sounders in recent years could be a thing of the past.
"There was a good response after halftime and the team did a good job to pull two goals back," said Cooper. "There was a bad giveaway after the second goal, and they came right back at us and got a third. We all are disappointed and obviously want to stay in the first place position and the team showed great character to fight back and fought hard to the end."
It is true that FC Dallas showed a lot of heart to fight back into this match, but defensive miscues and a (questionable at best) red card against Blas Perez helped to sink any chance the Hoops had of stealing points in the Emerald City.
Now about that Perez red card...... We can sit here and argue whether it was a good call or not (it wasn't!!!) but there's no one who will say that it didn't affect the game from that point out. MLSSoccer.som's Simon Borg breaks down the Perez sending off and several other controversial calls this past weekend in his Instant Replay segment.
Who ever put Mark Geiger and Baldomero Toledo on the same ref crew should be fired. Both are among the most frequently panned refs in this league and both have made questionable calls against FC Dallas in the past. Fans will remember that Geiger gave FCD 2 red cards in the first 35 minutes of a game at home against Colorado last year.
Now that I've gotten all the negative stuff out of the way it must be said that Michel had one of his best games in a Hoops kit with an assist and a (sick as hell) Olimpico goal. Michel has been nominated for MLS Goal of the Week, and if it doesn't win I have lost all faith in humanity. Also much has been made of London Woodberry's struggles Saturday night but he has been rightfully nominated for MLS Save of the Week for his goal line clearance in the 59th minute. Head over to FCDallas.com to vote for both players. Here's Michel's goal. My favorite part of the video is the reaction on the faces of the Seattle fans when they realized what happened.
The US Open Cup Third Round is set and FC Dallas will travel away to play NASL side Ft. Lauderdale Strikers this coming Tuesday at 6:30 ct. The Strikers defeated the Laredo Heat of the PDL last night 7-6 on PK's to advance to next Tuesday's showdown. One thing is for sure and that's that no one should expect to see any of the Hoops star players in Florida. The game in Ft. Lauderdale comes 3 days after FCD host the Earthquakes and 4 days before they take on the (much improved) Colorado Rapids in Commerce City. I haven't heard word on whether there will be a live stream to the game or not. If we find out we will let you know. You can find all of the US Open Cup 3rd round pairings at MLSSoccer.com.
Go check out Matt Doyle's really interesting series Between the Lines as he breaks down the evolution of the #10 role in soocer at MLSSoccer.com.
A really cool take on what the Attacking Central Midfielder role has become.
US National Team News
The 28-year-old Seattle Sounders utility man has picked up seven caps in his career, was part of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad and joins the U.S. team ahead of a five-game run which includes three FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Evans last played for the USA earlier this year in a friendly against Canada, seeing time both as a defender and in the midfield.
Personally I've never been overly impressed with Evans at either the club or international level. We'll see if he makes the final game day rosters. The US play Panama June 11th on Evan's home ground (terrible turf) in Seattle.
US national team players have had a good run for their teams over this past year in European competitions. USSoccer.com breaks down the 11 players that have shined for their clubs in overseas tourneys.
Since taking over as head coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the summer of 2011, Jurgen Klinsmann has preached the need for U.S. internationals to play at the highest level possible, against the toughest competition and in pressure situations. Regional cup competitions certainly meet all that criteria, and in that regard this past season was a successful campaign for Americans after 11 players made their mark in some of the most prestigious cup competitions around the globe
It's impressive to see how far American's have come playing overseas. It's certainly something to be proud of.
The USWNT also released their roster for their upcoming friendly on June 2nd against Canada at BMO Field in Toronto. Full roster can be found here.
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