The 2010 FC Dallas regular season came to a screeching halt at the Home Depot Center last night as the LA Galaxy won a controversial 2-1 result over FCD to win the Supporter's Shield and #1 overall seed in the upcoming MLS playoffs. Dallas' reward for a 50 point season? A first round showdown with MLS champions Real Salt Lake.
FCD started the much stronger team and were rewarded for their early dominance with a 22nd minute Atiba Harris goal. Eric Alexander pounced on a shockingly bad Sean Franklin clearance and sent a pinpoint cross to the head of Harris who couldn't miss from six yards out.
Just ten minutes later the game would change as Landon Donovan tracked down an errant Mike Magee cross seemingly fouling Jackson before finding David Beckham who made no mistake at the top of the box, blasting in a low shot past Dario Sala.
The Galaxy came roaring out of the locker room at halftime scoring a goal less than a minute into the second half. Some shoddy FCD defending allowed Juninho an open shot from the top of the box. As we've seen all season, Juninho is a threat from outside and he proved that again giving LA a 2-1 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
-The obvious talking point is the play that ensued before Beckham's goal. Make no mistake, it's a botched call. Donovan puts two hands into the back of Jackson extends them and shoves the Brazilian to the ground. Whether he embellished the call a bit doesn't matter, if you put two hands into someone's back and extend them it's a foul. However, there's still no excuse for letting Donovan track down the errant cross in the first place and then not closing down Beckham at the top of the box. Incompetence all around between FC Dallas and Mark Geiger. Which brings me to my next point...
-Mark Geiger had an awful game. It's no wonder the biggest criticisms of the league from foreign players are the refs and the physicality. It's just unbelievable to me how much stuff Mark Geiger let go in this game. Dema Kovalenko committed four fouls in the first half with no card, but Atiba Harris is yellow carded on his first foul of the game, an innocuous trip in the first half deep in the Galaxy end of the field that was extremely embellished.
More game thoughts after the jump as well as links and quotes
-This was the worst performance of the FC Dallas defense I've seen this season. They were constantly out of position, stretched out, did not track runners and just looked totally disjointed. Los Angeles really didn't have a lot to offer offensively last night and the goal right after halftime was so uncharacteristic of the Dallas defense this season.
-Very surprising to see Hartman on the bench last night. Hopefully this doesn't backfire too much on Hyndman as he elected to sit Kevin Hartman last night rather than run the risk of aggravating an injury in the last game before the playoffs. I really thought Hartman would want to get a game under his belt before the post-season.
-If players like Eric Avila want more playing time, they have to perform when given the chance. It was a tough situation to come in to for Avila with Los Angeles in full bunker mode, but the Californian barely made an impact at all.
-We saw why Eric Alexander may be used as a winger next season. What a great cross from Alexander for the goal. The moment of the game for FC Dallas.
-Thanks to all who joined the in-game chat. It was a lot of fun and I hope you'll make BigDSoccer your place to discuss the games before during and after the play.
-Saturday afternoon Western Conference Semi-Finals Leg 1 vs RSL at 4PM. Nothing else matters at this point. The last two losses don't matter. The unbeaten record doesn't matter. 12-4-14 means nothing anymore. All that matters is Saturday afternoon vs the defending champs. The Rangers knocked out the MLB Champions....let's make it 2 for 2.
Steve Hunt writes FCD lost their momentum and let one slip away last night.
“I’m not really going to touch that one. I think that one speaks for itself,” FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman said when asked about the controversial nature of Beckham’s tally.
The FCD manager said he noticed frustration in his side, not just after the Beckham goal, but before it.
“We scored a very good goal and we’re up on the road,” said Hyndman, “[but] I just didn’t feel like momentum was coming our way. [The Galaxy] were making runs off the ball, getting calls and kept on getting those free kicks. It just didn’t seem to be going our way.
Luis Bueno has a quote from Landon Donovan about the controversial Beckham goal.
“[Jackson] was a little nonchalant letting the ball go, and I wanted to at least put him under pressure,” Donovan said. “When I won the ball, my first thought was to play it across the goal, but there was nothing there. David was calling for it and it was a fantastic finish by him.”
Luis Bueno also has a game story for the Dallas Morning News with an interesting headline.
"It's difficult to play against that," David Ferreira said of the non-call. "Someone judged that play and had to decide whether it was a foul or not and he didn't feel that it was, the play continued and they tied it. But everyone on the field felt that was a foul."
Peter Welpton has his game grades up on 3rd degree
More alarming is the trend and form of McCarty and Alexander. Dax simply has not been the same since returning from injury and Alex's form has dropped way off as the competition has improved. Both players in the last two matches have reverted to turning the ball over at a shocking rate, something that really plagued the whole team early in the season.
The question is, "Can Dallas regain it form simply with the return of Hartman and Hernandez?" My answer is, "unlikely". Hernandez's hammy is not 100% and probably won't be any time soon. That is an injury that lurks and causes players to hold back, something not in Daniel's modus operandi. As for Hartman, who knows if all this time off will have rendered his mojo impotent, or if he can just turn it back on.
Here's the weekly training schedule for FCD....try and get out there this week to give your support to the team.
FC Dallas will train Tuesday from 10-11:30 a.m. Central Time. The team will not train on Wednesday, but will return to the adidas Field for training on Thursday at 10 a.m. The team will train at the same time on Fri., Oct. 29 on the Stadium Field before taking on Real Salt Lake Saturday.
FCD make it into one of my favorite blogs, the Dallas Observer's Unfair Park....kind of
I am now pleased to invite the female gaze into the mix, however briefly, for a lingerie football excursion of our own, featuring David Beckham stripping down to his skivvies during yesterday's LA Galaxy game against FC Dallas.
FCD vs RSL