Sometimes the ball just needs to bounce a certain way for a team to get hot. That is exactly what happened tonight for FC Dallas.
Early in the game the Portland Timbers had a chance on goal with Mike Fucito, his shot deflected off Daniel Hernandez and looked as though it was going into the back of the net - when as luck would have it - hit the post and come out denying Portland of their only chance of the game.
Dallas rode another fortunate break minutes later with the game's first goal as David Ferreira sent a blistering pass to the left wing to Jair Benitez, the Colombian's pass into the penalty box to Jackson Goncavles hit off Portland defender Hanyer Mosquera for the game's first goal.
Dallas didn't look back from there on their way to a 5-0 romp over the Timbers. It was Dallas' first home win in seven games and it was their first game with more than two goals scored on the season.
Ferreira and Jackson lead the way
Ferreira and Jackson easily had great games on the night. Ferreira nearly had three assists - had the first goal gone off Jackson, the Designated Player would have had the hat trick of assists. Still, two assists on the night for Ferreira shows just who far he has come since his injury.
Head coach Schellas Hyndman said Ferreira is really only about 80% in terms of health - which is still pretty darn dangerous when you look at things. He has improved from game to game and has really started to show that he is turning into the Ferreira that won the MLS MVP back in 2010.
As for Jackson, his goal and two assist effort made him the man of the match in the stadium and in this writer's eyes. He was a beast all night on the right flank, really terrorizing Portland's back line. Solid effort all around and to me, Jackson is finally putting it all together.
Supporting cast comes in huge
The other side of the story on the night was the supporting cast. Andrew Jacobson had yet another stellar effort. HIs laser goal in the first half was probably as nice as it comes. The goal was spectacular but the play leading up to it was clearly the best Dallas had done all season long. The long ball from Ferreira to Zach Loyd, who laid off a perfect ball to Jacobson - just a great team goal.
Julian de Guzman made his home debut with the club in the second half and really picked up where Ferreira (the guy he came on the field for) left off. His passing was calm and cool and Dallas can continue to get that out of him for 90 minutes or even just 30 or so like tonight, then this was a very good move made by the club.
Carlos Rodriguez also put in another solid effort - probably his best of the season. He and Benitez work so well together - definitely better than when Rodriguez is playing the left back spot with Fabian Castillo playing left-mid. Their over lapping runs just killed Portland's wing back (Kimura), as he never knew who to really mark on the evening.
And finally you have a tip of the hat to Daniel Hernandez. He set the tone early in this one and really just gobbled up all the free balls in the midfield on the night. Between him and back four holding the ball for long periods of time, it helped Dallas dominate in the possession game and really lull Portland to sleep to the point that dangerous runs by Jackson and others really paid off in big ways on the night.
Sealy, Luna get first goals of the year
It was just one of those nights. Daniel said on Twitter before the game that he felt this was the game that Scott Sealy scored and he was right. His first goal since October of 2008, when he was playing for San Jose against Kansas City (oddly enough Kevin Hartman was in goal for that!). Very happy to see him get a goal and really he did very well up top on the evening holding the ball and being the target forward that Hyndman loves to use.
And what can you say about Ruben Luna finally getting some minutes and actually scoring? It just all came together on the evening for the kid and for the club.
So where now from here?
We'll have more on this in the coming days on here. This big win saw no Blas Perez, no Castillo and no Brek Shea. The game would have been completely different with those three on the field - no question about it. Would it have been a 5-0 result? Maybe, we'll never know. But we do have some discussion coming up on Shea and his status - so stay tuned for that.