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It was nice to see Tesho Akindele get the first start of his career as Pareja continued to rotate the squad as well as try new tactics out. Now, onto the match that wasn't so nice!

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It only took 1 minute and 20 seconds for FCD to create their first chance as Fabian Castillo flew down the left side of the pitch and sent a ball on the ground into the box, but it went behind all the FCD players and San Jose cleared with ease.

FC Dallas again had a solid chance when Michel bent in a free kick that found Matt Hedges with a free header, but he failed to test the keeper.

The last big chance of the opening 15 minutes came when Shea Salinas cut the ball back and sent a ball to the far post that found Chris Wondolowski who headed the ball straight at Raul Fernandez. Lucky for FCD as Wondo will score on that play most days.


Cordell Cato raced past all of FCD's defenders as Clarence Goodson flicked on a ball from Jon Busch and easily slotted it between Fernandez's legs to put San Jose up 1-0 in the 25th minute.

30 minutes into the match and the San Jose Earthquakes have really taken control of the game thus far. FC Dallas started well on the counter, but really slowed down after the first 15 minutes and especially after the Cato goal. They're going need to step it up if they plan on getting any points out of the match.


34th minute and Blas Perez slots a ball into Castillo who hits a left footed shot but it's too close to Busch who pushes it wide. Castillo should have done better on that shot as it was a prime opportunity.

Everyone watching the match (and playing in the match) were on their toes as Alan Gordon headed the ball on goal and Raul Fernandez barely got a hand to punch it out, but Wondolowski was there to head it on frame for a second time, but somehow Michel was able to get in front of the ball and send it out.

Just before halftime in the 45th minute Shea Salinas puts his studs into Zach Loyd's kneecap and immediately Referee Chris Penso pulls the red from his back pocket and sends him packing. FCD now playing a man up for the remainder of the match!

Quick Halftime Recap: Although San Jose has the 1-0 lead it will surely be a different match heading into the second half as The Earthquakes will be down a man for the whole second half due to the foolish challenge by Shea Salinas. FC Dallas will have to push forward and show more quality in the attacking third if they plan on snagging three points here.


Note: Zach Loyd leaves the match for David Texeira to start the second half. Not sure if it was a tactical move or because of the knock Loyd suffered at the end of the half (or a mixture.)

It was a day to forget for Blas Perez just 7 minutes into the half as he steals the ball inside the box and is 1v1 with Busch 6 yards out and somehow hits the ball wide. If the shot is on target it surely ends up in the back of the net.

The moment of the match (other than the red card) came when Victor Ulloa struck a shot from the top of the box that bangs off the post and falls to Blas Perez who blasts a shot on goal, but somehow Jon Busch keeps it from entering the goal... or does he? I'm not sure he does, but there's nothing we can do about it without goal line technology. (I would put money saying that it went in.)


San Jose double their lead in the 73rd minute when David Texeira awkwardly knocks the ball into the back of our own net after a bounce that he could not anticipate. Definitely against the run of play, but not too surprising if you are watching the match and realize how frustrating the match had been thus far for FCD.

Texeira almost makes up for it immediately when his header bangs off the post, but still San Jose lead the match 2-0.


76th minute and Michel gets one back as he rifles a free kick off the crossbar and into the back of the net. Words don't do justice.

Akindele gives FCD another point blank miss as he gets on the end of a Jair Benitez cross but fails to put it on target; if it was on frame it was a definite goal.

FC Dallas continue to send in crosses from ridiculous places desperately trying to notch the equalizer, but it just never seemed like it could really happen. San Jose finishes the match with a, not sure how but they do, 2-1 win.

Quick Summary:

Really poor from FCD to drop all 3 points in this match; up a man for over 45 minutes and unable to find a winner (or equalizer) and actually conceding an own goal... Unacceptable. This squad needs to sort it out and come out ready next week for Chivas at home, which is really a must win.

Michel is our leading goal scorer. Take that in.

The finishing from FCD was just awful. I am still extremely frustrated with home many opportunities we blew with poor finishing. From Hedges to Perez they all need to do some shooting drills this week!

Michel has done well at Left Back in these last two matches, so I would expect to see him continue getting the start unless he needs a rest. With Diaz out, he is our best, and most important, player and he will be the key for this team going forward. 5 goals and 2 assists in 670 minutes. That is a goal or assist every 96 minutes and if something happens to him we are in even more trouble than we currently are.

Although FC Dallas had shots, they really had no answer for the bunkering San Jose did throughout the second half. All we could do was send in 50 yard lobs hoping Perez or Hedges would be there to put it in. Without Diaz we look foolish when searching for a goal.

UIloa and Thomas were solid; they are the partnership going forward at CDM, but every spot in front of them is in question. Perez has been poor as has Castillo and whoever slots in at RM, and Garcia may not be ready to carry the team (but he hasn't done bad either.)

Zimmerman has some serious issues covering his man on crosses and other times; it seems like he falls asleep and lets the player drift away several times each game. I would like to see Keel come back into the lineup, at least he adds some leadership back there.

Jon Busch was fantastic.

Questions This Match Created:

1.       This team, obvious, isn't what it was in the first 5 weeks, but are they as bad as the past 5 weeks have shown?

2.       Is Michel your LB going forward? (He is for me at the time)

3.       What's your take on Garcia after these past three matches?