If FC Dallas finishes the job against Alianza on Wednesday, they'll know the schedule for the first two group stage games and the first one is a doozy.
Wednesday, August 17
Herediano (CRC) or Alpha United (GUY) vs. Monterrey (MEX), 8 p.m.
Pumas UNAM (MEX) vs. FC Dallas (USA) or Alianza FC (SLV), 10 p.m.
Colorado Rapids (USA) vs. Metapan (SLV) or Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR), 10 p.m.
Olimpia (HON) vs. Real España (HON), 10 p.m.*
Back to last night's game and DJ Walker has another Stream of Consciousnesses....Alianza had better know what to expect on Wednesday.
Seriously, they need to kickoff at 10:00 pm on days like this. The front office could plan a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show afterwards, to draw a bigger crowd.
Andy Friedlander's game story for the Dallas Morning News focuses on Kevin Hartman
I was telling myself before the game I have to find some way to mentally wake myself up and convince myself that I can do this,” goalkeeper Kevin Hartman said. “A lot of it comes down to the psychology of the game at that point. For us, mentally, it’s a huge win, a huge obstacle to overcome.”
Andy's notebook has a pretty cool stat. Yesterday tied for the hottest game in PHP history. I bet that gets broken on Wednesday.
The temperature at kickoff was 102 degrees, matching the hottest for an FCD game at Pizza Hut Park — affectionately nicknamed “The Oven.” It was also 102 for a 4-0 victory over Los Angeles on July 27, 2008. The hottest match in FC Dallas history was Aug. 23, 2003, when the temperature hit 104 for a 2-1 loss to Columbus at Southlake’s Dragon Stadium.
Robert Casner writes that FCD sucked it up and got the job done yesterday.
It was definitely one of the hotter games in my career,” said center back George John. “I love it. I know that the other team dreads it even more, so I personally relish it. Our record shows that we do well and have been successful.”
Phil Stephens wrote for Dallas Soccer News that FCD kept a lid on Chivas USA last night.
I don’t know if I ever played in this heat when I was here,” Pearce said. “No, obviously, the circumstances were difficult for both teams. At the end of the day, what killed us were our turnovers.”
“They just compound. You turn the ball over in this kind of heat and you have to work so hard to get it back. It really throws you off your game.”
To get a view from the other side check out Alicia Ratterree's recap at The Goat Parade
Do not consider it an excuse, but the heat was a factor in this performance for both sides. The momentum shifted back and forth as players tried to conserve their energy as much as possible, and Chivas players did not fight for as many 50/50 balls as one would normally expect. I don't think it is too concerning under normal circumstances, but Chivas gave Dallas way too much space in midfield in this game.
Unfortunately, the FCD U17 Academy fell to a fantastic Los Angeles Galaxy team in the final of the Generation Adidas cup yesterday. However, FC Dallas players did take home individual awards.
Despite the loss, the Galaxy’s two goals were the only shots to get past Sanchez all week, earning him the U-17 Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Alfred Koroma earned the U-17 MVP award.
But somewhere between realizing how “gone” his voice really was, and feeling the combination of Texas heat with multiple oversized stage lights beating down on him, one of the stage hands came over to put a wet towel across his neck.
“For the record I’m not drunk. I’m just f**kin hot,” he claimed.
We've all been there....