Despite the unfilled stadium there was plenty to converse about pitchside in Frisco last night. Despite FCD’s dominance, sadly, this game will be eternally recalled in reference to a casual handball in the box.
For a man who can make his sides play magic football throughout a season, Oscar Pareja has yet to prove himself on another level: the playoffs.
In no way should that title suggest that playoff hopes are in the balance in Dallas. Things couldn’t be further from it.
Never mind the fact that two of the West’s top squads tonight will draw swords. Disregard the tight proximity of Dallas and Salt Lake on the table. Forget that these are two of the better footballing teams in MLS. Tonight’s match at Rio Tinto is all about the previous joust in Frisco.
Whatever injury bug that has found its way into the Dallas locker room is on the verge of becoming a full-fledged plague. Oscar Pareja’s options are even further limited with the suspension of Michel heading into tonight’s game.
But can FCD keep up the pace? A landmark win propelled FC Dallas Friday night to second place in the Western Conference. Vanquished at the feet of a ten-man FCD squad was Real Salt Lake. To add insult to injury, RSL’s six game unbeaten run was ended by a Dallas side who is now unbeaten […]
We will know in six weeks. Frankly, if Oscar Pareja can conjure offensive magic over the next month and a half, FCD could be sitting high and mighty atop the Western Conference.
Tuesday has been avenged. Goals that seemed so difficult to find in the USOC semifinal were plucked effortlessly from Buck Shaw as FCD throttled San Jose. With two wins already against Pareja in 2014, San Jose could be painted as 2014’s bogey team. But five goals, three coming from Tesho Akindele and two from Fabian […]
It’s a big announcement. But it’s not. It’s predictable. It’s foreseen. It’s been prepared for. Hopefully what it means is a proper way for George John to set his injury straight and find his way back onto a field. Or not. Surgeries get complicated, as do recoveries. This could be the start of an even […]
Emerging from the trenches with a point, Oscar Pareja and his men can be pleased with their performance Sunday evening. A point against Vancouver, one of the more attacking sides in MLS and one that has only lost twice at home this year, is nothing to scoff at. Dropping a lead after toiling through an […]
And why not? FCD has every ability in the world to take large intervals of the game in terms of possession and chance creation even with a man down. After seeing the proof last Saturday against San Jose, the idea still remains ridiculous, but playing with ten has become a strange norm in Frisco.
It was a proverbial monkey lifted off the back for Dallas. Oscar Pareja and his makeshift backline, filled with the likes of homegrown Moises Hernandez, veteran Zach Loyd, a recovering Walker Zimmerman, and evergreen Matt Hedges, did a number on high-flying Real Salt Lake last week, walking out with a point from fortress Rio Tinto.
Kenny Cooper sprinted off the bench and into the FC Dallas net with his first touch Wednesday night. It’s compelling theater, and almost as compelling as the comedy of errors that led to it. The former FCD front man’s strike left Dallas without a point to take home to Frisco after taking the lead in […]
Zach Loyd has earned two red cards in his career. Last night’s second yellow was deserved, albeit a bit oversold by Davy Arnaud on the foul beforehand. Regardless, the veteran defender’s slack first half play ultimately doomed Dallas in DC, despite a brilliant first half of attacking for the visitors. Michel’s card was, well, issued […]
In what is the MLS equivalent of a tale of two star-crossed lovers, two like-minded and fully talented former colleagues will confront one another in Frisco come tonight.