It wasn't pretty and won't go on any highlight reels, but FC Dallas got the job done on Saturday night traveling to the Home Depot Center and walking out with three points against Chivas USA.
FCD took a first half lead through an opportunistic strike from Brek Shea, his sixth of the season. They would hold that lead through the second half until Michael Lahoud leveled things on a long range strike that looked to take a couple of deflections before sneaking past Kevin Hartman.
Chivas USA would basically hand Dallas all three points with just minutes to go as a defensive mixup allowed Jackson an opportunity on goal that he nearly flubbed but snuck into the net off the post in the 85th minute. The game-winning goal was the first of Jackson's FC Dallas career and gives the Toros three points as the head home to face Portland next weekend
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Don't take wins like this for granted We all know that wasn't pretty, but Dallas created a decent amount of chances with Daniel Hernandez hitting the post in the second half and right now there's 16 teams that would love to be in Dallas' position. 28 points after 16 games is a fantastic amount and one that has Dallas in the thick of the race for the Supporter's Shield. To put things in perspective, Houston got booed off the field by their own fans and the supporters sections left early. 3 points on the road is always a fantastic result no matter how it comes.
Professional effort I said last week that Dallas needed to put in a professional effort to beat Kansas City. Well tonight was a similar type of game and they put in the 11 men effort that they needed. It's tough to pick out one guy from tonight as they all did what they needed to do. Sure it was lucky at the end, but as Bobby Rhine tweeted earlier the good teams make their own luck.
Great response There's at least ten teams in the league that would shrug their shoulders after the Chivas goal and accept a road point. Dallas would have no such thing and put their foot on the gas after the equalizer. A huge amount of credit has to go to the whole team for pushing to get that winning goal because Chivas never had a chance to score the winner while Dallas hit the post and eventually was rewarded. As I said, you would never see that out of the majority of the teams in MLS.
Dallas sits 6 points behind LA for first place in the league with two games in hand while sitting comfortably in second place in MLS.