This game had all the potential of a high scoring affair, but thanks to some Kevin Hartman heroics and the move of Brek Shea to left back, this one ends 0-0 in a draw that FC Dallas will probably take.
A few thoughts:
Shea at left back I cannot for the life of me understand why Brek Shea was moved to left back. I understand that Jair Benitez was out, but every single bit of evidence we have suggests that team team is more dangerous with Shea at left mid. On multiple occasions, a Shea mistake at left back nearly led to a DC United goal and the only times Dallas really looked dangerous going forward was when Shea was making the runs from the back.
Now I could understand playing Shea at left back if there was no one else available, but Zach Loyd has played left back for the national team for goodness sake. Dallas has won 1 of the 6 games in which Shea has started somewhere other than left mid. Dallas has won both of the games in which Shea has started at left mid. It's not rocket science.
Other personnel decisions I think I can remember one time where I saw Alexander, Jacobson and Hernandez on the field together in practice. I don't see what Avila did to get moved from the attacking position, but in the second half it seemed like Jacobson was even playing in that role. Just strange stuff that you hardly ever see in practice and it didn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
Kevin Hartman He's really good.
Overall I guess you can never complain with a point on the road, I just hate that Brek wasn't at left mid in the form that he's in. Now on deck are two home games that Dallas really needs to win against Toronto and Philadelphia.