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FC Dallas vs Chivas USA Post-Game Thoughts

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First off, sorry for the belated entry. Time is just short these days, but that's a good thing.

Here's my thoughts on the match, I'll have a separate post up later looking at the playoff chances.

Falling Flat Sunday's game was weird in that it's really the first time that I can remember in months that FC Dallas just played terribly. There's not really any other way to describe it, they just played really really bad. Most of the times when FCD has lost this season you could say "well if this guy had done this" or "if this guy hadn't gotten that red card" but on Sunday, it was just a concerted team effort of stink.

Margins Are Too Thin The thing about poor games is that they happen. It's like they say in baseball no matter how good of a team you are, you're going to have 10-15 games a season where you just don't play well and the same is true in soccer. The problem is you can't have those games when you've gone through a 13-game winless run. When we evaluate things at the end of the season, Sunday's game will hardly be the most egregious of the errors this year, but it could be the final nail in the coffin.

The Lone Bright Spot Kevin Hartman was unbelievable yet again for FC Dallas. He had seven huge saves including six(!) in the final 30 minutes of the match. There should be really no question about whether Dallas should bring back Hartman for another couple of years before Richard Sanchez is ready to take over. Enjoy these times with Hartman in goal because you're watching a living legend in action.

The Substitutions I saw a lot of angst on Twitter among FCD fans for Hyndman's substitutions on Sunday, but I don't really see what the fuss is about. George John coming on for Jair Benitez was a logical move given that the Chivas USA service was coming in thick and fast. John is much better at cutting those out than Hernan Pertuz, who is more of a 1v1 defender.

Carlos Rodriguez coming in for Ricardo Villar made plenty of sense as well to give FCD a little more possesion in the midfield, something they were sorely lacking. Sealy for Castillo, I thought, was fine as well given Castillo was pretty clearly gassed and Sealy would give Dallas two forwards up front.

I think FCD missed Shea and Jackson more than the substitutions hurt them.

The problem FCD's biggest problem on Sunday, and Schellas noted it after the game, was a lack of possession out of the back, simply hoofing balls up the field even in the first half like there was five minutes left in the game. I thought the entire central midfield of De Guzman, Jacobson and Ferreira weren't really up to par in this one, given the obvious advantage they had in talent over the Chivas USA midfield. Unfortunately, it may have been a case of playing to the level of your opponent, which is a big no-no.