Momentum slipping for FC Dallas on five-match road trip
FC Dallas started off the season incredibly hot. Through the first three games, the Hoops scored three wins — the only team to pull off the feat this year — and after ten matches had secured 20 points.
But the last four matches have not been nearly as kind to FC Dallas. In those matches, the Hoops have mustered just two draws and had a 4-0 loss to Kansas City. Yikes.
FC Dallas will go as far as Mauro Diaz lets them
This season, the 24-year-old from Argentina has proven to be an incredibly vital player for the Hoops. In six games played in this season, Diaz has scored twice and has assisted on four other goals. Tack on this start to last year where he posted three goals and three assists in an injury-plagued season and it’s easy to see him being such a key part for the club.
Which leads to this simple statement: FC Dallas will only go as far this season as Diaz takes them.
Tesho Akindele’s sophomore improvement to be key for FC Dallas’ 2015 season
Now, after getting a chance to train with the U.S. Men’s National team this month and everyone knowing his name, Akindele is going to have to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump in order for FC Dallas to at least have the same season it had last year.
Playoff loss disappointing, but future bright for FC Dallas
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed that FC Dallas bowed out of the postseason in the Western Conference Semifinals after losing thanks to the away goal rule to Seattle on Monday.
I’d also be lying if I said I wasn’t excited for the 2015 season, even if it is well off into the future.
Match against Vancouver a must-win for FC Dallas
The last two matches for the Hoops have been just about forgettable, with both seeing them just miss road draws minutes from the full time whistle. And with those losses, FC Dallas has fallen from a tie in the Western Conference lead to the fourth place position and into a fight to avoid the one-game playoff to start the postseason.
So, that means one thing: the match this Saturday against Vancouver is now a must-win for FC Dallas.
FC Dallas has chance to prove they’re for real
After a nine-match unbeaten streak in MLS action (and 13-match unbeaten streak in all competitions since the PK loss to Philadelphia technically goes down as a draw), FC Dallas finds itself in a position to come real close to get back to the top of the conference with a win Friday night at home against conference leader Real Salt Lake in a nationally televised affair.
And with it, the Hoops have the best shot to prove that they are no fluke and different than the team from the past couple of seasons and announce that they are here with a win in arguably the biggest match in MLS this year.
FC Dallas one win away from U.S. Open Cup Final
It’s been well documented that FC Dallas went into a near-death spiral around the end of spring, going on an eight-match losing streak, but then coming back over the summer to go on a matching eight-game unbeaten streak in MLS action and an 11-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.
At the heart of the turn around has been the Hoops’ play in the U.S. Open Cup. In their three matches so far in the tournament, they’ve outscored their opponents 10-4, with their latest victory being a 5-2 win at the Carolina Railhawks back in early July. And with their semifinal match tonight against the Philadelphia Union, FC Dallas will be head back to the final for the first time since 2007.
Time for FC Dallas to pad playoff lead
FC Dallas moved into a tie for third in the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Galaxy and is four points ahead of sixth-place Vancouver. And now, with the momentum of a seven-match winning streak, the Hoops must use this opportunity to put some distance between them and the sixth place team to give them some breathing room in the postseason race.
FC Dallas can’t let draw at Vancouver mark beginning of the end
In the second half against Vancouver, FC Dallas would give that lead back with its own handball in the box for a penalty kick. Pedro Morales easily slotted that home to level the game once again and then Vancouver went on the attack. FC Dallas goal keeper Raul Fernandez had to make save after save to keep it at a draw.
While a point on the road is fine, it has put FC Dallas in a bit of a difficult spot in the standings.
MLS needs to start playing more matches each week
After the U.S. men’s national team’s disappointing exit in the Round of 16 in the World Cup, U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann had a fairly simple message for Major League Soccer in helping develop talent for the USMNT.
“We need to add the work load,” he said in a Facebook post. “We need to add the competition level. We need to make them understand what recovery time means.”
FC Dallas faces ‘good’ problem with starters returning from injury
Things look so much better for FC Dallas. They’ve yet to lose a game since the calendar turned to June and have won five matches, including three in the U.S. Open Cup to get them through to the semifinals of that tournament. They’ve scored 17 goals in all competitions as well in the last 46 days. And it’s all thanks to the fact that players are coming back from injury and the team is starting to gel.