It was a beautiful day in north Texas as the early afternoon brought some warm temperatures and a breeze. The Beer Garden celebrated the warm weather with a Dallas Burn tifo with ‘BR19’ in big letters underneath. Touching tribute to the late Bobby Rhine and our past Dallas Burn iteration. The match was fun to be at, but it almost looked like our players began to play for the draw as the match continued on. With not much action going on and the attention soon turned to our skin heating up...
It was fitting that the Beer Guardians and El Matador put up a Dallas Burn tifo on this day. They were forewarning the eastern side of the stadium of what awaited them during this match. The clouds gave us very short bursts of mercy at the beginning of the match but by the second half it was all sun all the time. As I’m typing this, both my arms are pretty darn red and have aloe lotion on them. During halftime there was only a couple of spots to grab some shade which helped to give the skin a break.
Our section started to clear in the 2nd half as people could not continue watching on that side of the stadium. Some were said to be moving over to the southern section and others to join friends in the western side of the stadium. The tickets for those two sections may be on the rise as we face the New Yorks Red Bulls on our next home game on May 11th at 1pm in the afternoon. It doesn’t get much better after that as the LAFC game will be at 4pm. Brutal couple of games coming up if you’re not a friend of the sun.
The Actual Game
While I didn’t see any San Jose Earthquake traveling fans, I did see some Chivas supporters at FC Dallas stadium that were there to see the former Chivas Guadalajara coach in action. Matias Almeyda and his signature haircut was on the sideline at times furiously directing his team into shape. The shape they took clearly stunted the FC Dallas side as we really only had a good flurry in the first four minutes of the game then just settled. They didn’t allow Barrios to do much other than serve one cross that hardly missed Jesus’ foot. San Jose fought for the point and, dare I say it, may have deserved more if it wasn’t for brilliant stops from Jesse Gonzalez. By the end of the match, SJE were high pressing while we were sitting back inviting pressure...in our own home. Tough match to watch, and hopefully it gets better by next week as we face a blisteringly good Houston Dynamo. Last time I checked, we don’t like those guys. Could be bad.
And finally, your fan quote of the day: “Shorts were the best decision I’ve made today, this beer is a close second.”
Did you take your sun tan lotion and get a nice tan, or did you end up sitting in one of the shaded areas around the stadium? Did you stay for the NTSC game they played against Orlando City B? Why do we have afternoon games in May again? Let me know in the comments below!