It's almost over folks, just one more game and the team can finally take a breather, heal up those knocks and get ready for the last 1/4 of the season. A win tomorrow would put Dallas into the USOC final for the fourth time and bring them very close to their first trophy in 15 years with either Chicago or Richmond left in the final.
Steve Davis writes for SI.com that it was a memorable weekend for Seattle and Dallas
Aided by Sporting KC going a man down, the gutsy visitors stunned Kansas City with three late goals and a 3-2 win. A few hours later, word landed that John's transfer fell through at the last kick, so to speak, and suddenly a week looking like a major bummer had evolved into a celebrated time. They sit on top of the table in their Champions League group -- now with a stronger roster -- and remain right on Seattle's heels for second in the West.
Gerald Barnhart of TheCup.us previews tomorrow's big match
A power couple, Seattle and Dallas were both in Finals a year ago. The Sounders captured a second consecutive Open Cup title while Dallas came up short in the MLS Cup Final against Colorado. As if that were not enough, both are in contention for 2011-12 to vie for four championships – the United States Soccer Majors. Both are within five points of current league-leader Los Angeles in the chase for the Supporters’ Shield and are therefore firmly in position to reach the playoffs for the MLS Cup. In addition, an unprecedented start for MLS in the CCL has seen both sides take control of their fate two games into the group phase.
Andy Friedlander has a free DMN story up on the George John transfer with a quote from Schellas.
I don’t know what the snag was, but I got a message yesterday that it doesn’t look like this is going to go through,” Hyndman said Sunday by telephone from the Kansas City airport. “I shared it with the team, and we’re all excited to have George back. He’ll give us that edge we need to compete for championships.”
Robert Casner has a story up about Brek Shea and how he has stepped it up in David Ferreira's absence.
During their five games together before Ferreira’s injury, Shea averaged a shot on goal every 138 minutes. But without Ferreira to catapult the offense into the final third, the 21-year-old Texan has provided cover from the left flank, firing off a shot every 35 minutes for an average of 2.5 shots per match.
Will Parchman of No Short Corners has an interestingly written recap of MLS this weekend with an incredibly daft statement about Bobby Warshaw.
From that same blue spot, as though SKC had never seen this script before, Shea busted in with another cross, and this time Bobby Warshaw collided with it nearly on the same spot as Maicon and gave FCD an incredible stoppage-time win.
It's funny, mostly because Bobby Warshaw is awful. The rookie holding mid has mostly been a stopgap for injured starters and a roster stretched thin by CCL, MLS and US Open Cup duties. He provides little in the way of industry in his own half, and his ability in the other half is hilariously bereft of duty. But here he was. FCD's engine must be fed by the bones of the innocent, because something otherworldly is propelling this group right now. But neither Seattle nor FCD is going away. Which means more days like these. Which means we all win, yeah?
Awful? Warshaw hasn't set Frisco on fire with his play, but in spot starts and reserve roles he's been more than decent and shows a lot of promise for the future...
Dario Sala will be in Seattle for the game tomorrow...click here to see why
SMU dropped a disappointing 3-2 result to William and Mary on Saturday night to start their season off on a sour note. Goals from freshman Aaron Simmons and Emmet Kumeh.