FC Dallas left Chicago disappointed in themselves. Home cooking is usually the right thing for this team to get back on track, but on Saturday night, home cooking wasn't enough. LA Galaxy used a brace from Robbie Keane to overwhelm FC Dallas in the second half and steal a full three points in a vital game.
Hey, it hurts when you go into the game without your starting offensive kingpin, Mauro Diaz. Likewise, Zach Loyd has no control over when his first born would arrive. Sometimes, those kinds of things happen. That's why you have a roster with other players who are ready to step up and contribute in anyway they can. Against LA though, the cupboard seemed empty.
Oscar Pareja is still relatively an inexperienced coach. One area of his that needs development is the second half adjustment. On Saturday, LAG went into half time disappointed but knowing the game was not out of reach. FC Dallas' only goal came out of a great run by Michael Barrios and a fortunate defender flub. It's not like FCD was actually causing LA's defense fits. Bruce Arena made adjustments, and FC Dallas gave up two goals quickly. Pareja seemed without ideas or options, even turning to young Walker Zimmerman to do his best Alan Gordon impression. Too little, too late.
But hey, it wasn't all that bad. A few players for FCD really came out to compete, focused and determined. That's why this series is here.
Cast your vote below for the player who stood out to you, who gave a commendable performance in a tough, tough loss.
This Week's Strong Recommendations
I really dug the energy of Kellyn Acosta in this game. He was a little bit reckless at times, maybe poor with some of his passing, but he was one of the most energetic players on the field. He is turning it on and should be a force down the stretch.
The lone goal scorer for FC Dallas matched Kellyn by looking like one of the few FCD players who came out ready to compete and go full throttle. His goal was all about the pressure his speed and skill he placed on LA's back line. After a miserable performance against Chicago, it was refreshing to see him come out and stake a claim again for that right wing spot.
I'll give these guys half a nod. They had a difficult job, trying to hold together a back line made of duct tape and jury rigged components. For a while, they did quite well against LA's talented squad, but eventually, things fell apart. Watson is not a CB, so I can't be too harsh on him. Hedges is also showing that he is human after stretches of play where he has dominated.