Two games in one week can be tricky for anyone, even the league's top team. FC Dallas started strong but faded quickly against D.C. United. Thankfully for Dallas fans, a player they've learned to to dislike turned into their hero as they won 2-1 thanks to a late Je-Vaughn Watson goal in the second half.
Dallas pressed in the final 15 minutes of the match for a go ahead goal and found one off a Michel corner that bounced through the box until it landed on Watson's chest. The goal was the first for the Jamaican.
Things got rolling off to a great start for FC Dallas. In the 10th minute the midfield played a great ball up to Eric Hassli who made a couple shifty moves around D.C. United defender before laying it off to Jackson who slotted it home for the game's first goal.
But the lead was short lived as D.C. climbed back with some strong possession and decent chances to end the first half. In the 44th minute Jackson fouled Dwayne De Rosario just outside the penalty box and the veteran from Canada made FC Dallas pay on the ensuing free kick. De Rosario tied the game up as he scored his 13th goal against FC Dallas.
The United goal was the first time this season that FC Dallas had given up a goal before the 68th minute and the first set piece goal given up.
Dallas finished the game with plenty of chances on Joe Willis' goal, who probably kept the game much closer than the scoreline showed. Willis had at least three solid saves in the second half when Dallas was pressing for a goal.
D.C. attempted to throw bodies forward late with Lionard Pajoy being subbed on for Ethan White, but his play with Casey Townsend and De Rosario failed to produce anything.
Dallas remains in the lead in MLS with 24 points. The Hoops will return to the field next week as they travel to Seattle.
(More to come on this game tomorrow)