Just a few leftovers I didn't feel like writing last night
Last night was a catalyst You either go up or down from here, but last night was unacceptable. Don't give me anything about the reserves because when 3 goals were scored in 15 minutes, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Zach Loyd and Kevin Hartman were on the field. As I said last night, this is pretty much rock bottom and Dallas can choose one of two ways to go from here. I like the leadership this team has, even if it wasn't evident on the field tonight, and many times you need to hit this kind of things before you can start over.
Galindo won't be back This was the Cuban's chance last night and he got subbed at halftime. Ouch. I don't think we'll be seeing too much of him come 2012. He may get a little more time in games where Dallas needs a goal simply because he's the only option, but last night's performance was not good enough from him. Whether it was tough conditions or not, when you're given a chance like that you've got to take advantage and he didn't.
Luna's best game as a pro On the flip-side, this is the kind of game that could propel Ruben Luna to making a contribution going forward in 2011. He scored his first competitive goal, drew two penalties(even if one was bogus) and a red card. Luna was in and out of the game, but overall I thought he was pretty much the only bright spot.
Emotional Intelligence What the hell happened last night with Jair Benitez? He was whistled for something that didn't even look like a foul, the referee pulled out a yellow then suddenly switched to red. I would assume it was for Jair abusing the referee which is unacceptable. The game was still within reach at that point, but that moment ended any hope. Regarding Castillo's red card, it was idiotic and keeps him out of the huge home finale, but at least someone was showing frustration with things rather than just going through the motions.
Some interesting notes Generally the press release has quotes included, but last night there wasn't any for the first time. It's understandable that no one wanted to talk after this game, but still it seemed interesting to me. The team is already back in Frisco this morning and you wonder if the team has today off and what kind of meetings will take place. They head to Colorado tomorrow to face a team that has been actually worse over the past 5 games in MLS than Dallas has.
Group Scenarios Here is how Dallas passes through to the knockout round.
-A win vs TFC or
-A draw vs TFC and a draw or win by Pumas vs Tauro
Dallas wins the group if
-A win vs TFC and a draw or loss by Pumas vs Tauro
As it stands, I believe if Dallas draws vs TFC and Tauro beats Pumas, Dallas is out of the CCL. I really wouldn't worry too much about that though because 1) if Dallas can't beat TFC at home they don't deserve to advance and 2) Pumas is not going to mess around in this game and potentially get 2nd in a group.