A pretty warm evening in North Texas, but the crowd didn't mind it at all. A wave of relief poured over me once I saw how packed the stadium was, and the noise of the crowd throughout the game was great to hear. Tifos were out in force too as the Dallas Beer Guardians had a large USA flag, and the East stand got in the action as some FCD employees came over and guided a tifo up section 125.
FC Dallas was ready to respond to the crowd turnout, sensing the energy and the support. New England was missing a starting CB, had played a man down for over an hour the week before, and had to make the long journey to Dallas from Boston. Surely FC Dallas' attack had to respond to these advantages and want some payback for the 6-2 horror show that happened.
What a Showing!
Could anyone really believe this was the team that had just gotten trashed in Kansas City a couple days earlier?! This game could not have gone any better, other than the regretful injuries that happened on the Revs side. The entire team clicked this game and it was beautiful to watch in person. Diaz got the game started off early as he sent a sneaky free kick under the Revs' wall past Bobby Shuttleworth. This ignited the large crowd instantly with barrels of joy.
The only real threat from New England was coming from North Texas native, Lee Nguyen. Other than #24 though, there felt as if there was no real threat going forward. Diego Fagundez was being well marked by Atiba Harris and Je-Vaughn Watson, Charlie Davies was kept quiet and at times I forgot Teal Bunbury was even on the field. The backline put on a wonderful performance to preserve the lead once we achieved it.
This crowd was fun to be a part of this night. They responded to all the beautiful soccer being played on the field and it was evidently encouraging to the FC Dallas players as they kept up the play throughout the game. Fabian Castillo's dazzling moves actually caused an injury seemingly right in front of the east stand. Kevin Alston was trying to keep up with our star Colombian winger when Castillo cut up field and the NE defender pulled something trying to match the move. The crowd sportingly clapped when Alston got up, but still had mouths gaping from the display from Castillo.
The crowd also went wild with that Mauro Diaz backheel flick around his defender in front of the east stand. What a move by our version of Messi. It was a vintage performance from Diaz with a goal and two assists, and he was easily my most exciting player to watch during the game.
Fan quote of the night: "Where was this Wednesday night?" - seriously.
How awesome was this game for everyone? The fireworks show was even better! Anyone surprised or disappointed at the crowd turnout? Anyone feel like we've turned a corner now? Let me know in the comments below!