Oh hallelujah! Praise the Lord! I almost was starting to think it wasn’t possible!
After going 464 minutes without scoring, FC Dallas led the six-goal frenzy against LA Galaxy through Matt Hedges opening goal in the 14th minute. Dallas looked hungry and energetic for the first time in several games. I’d love to be optimistic and say they’ve finally turned their season around, but not all the problems have been fixed.
As wonderful as FCD played, Landon Donovan stole the show Sunday night in Frisco. I hate to have to admit it, but that man was in scintillating form and scored a hat trick against FC Dallas, his favorite team to score against. Our back line did little to slow him down, often leaving him with oceans of space in front of goal. I swear by the end of the game I was ready to duct tape Michel to Donovan in order to make the Brazilian mark the prolific scorer more tightly.
Now, a 3-3 draw is a pretty wild game, but it’s good sportsmanship of me to admit we probably shouldn’t have even come away with a point. The assistant ref made two drastically wrong calls. Or rather, he didn’t make calls when he should have. FC Dallas’s last two goal both resulted from an offside position by one of our players. The third goal wasn’t as blatant because the turn around was so quick and there were so many bodies inside the 6-yard line. The second goal however…well let’s just say you’d literally have to be blind to see how far Blás Perez was offside. I’m not complaining too much, because the frenzied 3-3 draw will do a lot to boost the mentality of the team and the fans.
This game also had two particularly bright spots I want to point out. Erick, our new Brazilian signing, made his MLS debut after (mostly) overcoming his hamstring injury. He played brilliantly and was responsible for most of the fluidity in the FCD play in the midfield. Once Schellas Hyndman took him off, our structure just completely fell apart. The other bright spot was Kellyn Acosta’s first MLS start. He debuted last week, and this week he showed just how much he has to offer. The 18-year old was charged with controlling 21-year old sensation Gyasi Zardes and he did pretty darn well if you ask me. Not to mention watching the two youngsters go up against each other was just precious.
Next Saturday, FC Dallas are on the road to take on the Portland Timbers. Last time we were in Portland, just about everything that could possibly have gone wrong did go wrong. And that game ended 1-0 thanks to magic from Darlington Nagbe. ‘Til next time! DTID!
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