For the fist time in 2017, FC Dallas failed to earn points in MLS play.
FC Dallas’ offense sputtered for much of the game, lacking structure and Saturday night against San Jose Earthquakes, FC Dallas never the net and an 81st minute goal from Jahmir Hyka proved to be the difference in a rare home defeat, 1-0.
Neither team generated many chances early on, but the game eventually opened up in the final 20 minutes and San Jose was the side to pounce on their opportunity as Hyka settled a lofted ball, gave it a controlling touch and knocked it in off the far post, past Jesse Gonzales.
FC Dallas scrambled to find an equalizer in the waning minutes, but found no such luck. Tesho Akindele nearly slotted a shot past San Jose goalkeeper Jeff Bingham in the 86th minute after a headed redirection from Walker Zimmerman, but Bingham did enough to get in front of it and eventually smothered the ball.
It’s FC Dallas’ first home loss since September 10th, 2016 — ending a streak of eight games, including playoffs, where the side was 8-0-2.
FC Dallas now sits on 19 points with a 5-1-4 record, three points behind Sporting Kansas City’s 22 points with three games in hand.
The loss gives FC Dallas just one point from their past two games, both at home, which came following a resounding 3-0 win at Real Salt Lake that most expected to see carry over to those games.
Despite the loss, however, the club still sits in good position with at least one game in hand over all but one MLS team and will look to right its offensive issues Thursday night in Bridgeview, Illinois against the newly-successful Chicago Fire, who sit second in the Eastern Conference with 21 points.
That game will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on TXA-21, FCDallas.com (locally) and MLS Live.