MLS Regular Season
FCD heads to the Wasatch Mountains on Saturday needing a win to keep Western Conference playoff hopes alive, but there's plenty of reason to believe Dallas can leave Rio Tinto with three points given the fact they did the exact same thing last year in similar circumstances.
Schellas Hyndman's men completed a nine-point week with a dramatic come-from-behind 2-1 win over Jason Kreis' side behind a stunning goal from team captain David Ferreira to pull themselves back into the playoff picture. While the goal was one of just two Ferreira scored on his comeback from a long-term injury layoff, it was certainly his biggest of the season.
Looking ahead to Saturday, if results go their way, FCD could start a similar run and come within two points of a playoff spot by taking all three points on what should be a heart-stopping game on Saturday night. Dallas is 4-8-1 all-time at Real Salt Lake and Saturday's match is FCD's only trip to Utah this season. With two home games and a trip to San Jose remaining, a win on Saturday would be just the spark Dallas needs to a late playoff push.
Watch the highlights from last season's epic win at RSL:
Another week, another goal for FCD loanee Bobby Warshaw!
WATCH: Warshaw scores again for Angelholm
The midfielder from Mechanicsburg now has three goals in five appearances for Swedish Superettan side Angelholms FF after scoring a game-tying goal in the 68th minute of Angelholms 1-1 draw with Orgryte. With four games left in the season, Angelholms sit in ninth place, comfortably above any relegation zones.
Fort Lauderdale slipped up for the third weekend in a row in NASL action falling 2-0 at the Carolina Railhawks. Richard Sanchez was again starting in goal for the Strikers logging one save in the loss while Bradlee Baladez started his first game since August 25.
Down in Costa Rica, Moises Hernandez made his first appearance of the season for Saprissa in a 2-0 defeat of Belen Sigolo, a win that kept Saprissa in first place with 22 points from 10 games. It wasn't a happy return to the lineup for Hernandez, however, who was shown a red card in the second half of the match.
Two FC Dallas players earned spots on the weekly Castrol Index Top 20 list for their performances in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Columbus.
Midfielder Mauro Diaz came in at #4 on the weekly index, the highest such ranking for an FCD player since Blas Perez's week 26 performance against San Jose on August 24.
Forward Blas Perez popped up on the list this week as well with a #15 spot after his first-half goal, his team-leading 11th of the season.
Castrol Index Week 31 Top 20 Performers
|1||Mike Magee||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||90||Montreal Impact||2,003|
|2||Zac MacMath||Goalkeeper||Philadelphia Union||90||Sporting Kansas City||1,466|
|3||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||90||New England Revolution||1,305|
|4||Mauro Diaz||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||Columbus Crew||1,276|
|5||Federico Higuaín||Forward||Columbus Crew||90||FC Dallas||1,241|
|6||Chris Wondolowski||Forward||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Chivas USA||1,212|
|7||Jimmy Nielsen||Goalkeeper||Sporting Kansas City||90||Philadelphia Union||1,172|
|8||Graham Zusi||Midfielder||Sporting Kansas City||90||Philadelphia Union||1,087|
|9||Jairo Arrieta||Forward||Columbus Crew||79||FC Dallas||1,086|
|10||Marco Di Vaio||Forward||Montreal Impact||90||Chicago Fire||1,060|
|11||Bright Dike||Forward||Toronto FC||81||D.C. United||1,053|
|12||Matt Reis||Goalkeeper||New England Revolution||90||Houston Dynamo||1,044|
|13||David Ousted||Goalkeeper||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||Real Salt Lake||1,005|
|14||Mamadou Danso||Defender||Portland Timbers||90||LA Galaxy||1,000|
|15||Blas Pérez||Forward||FC Dallas||90||Columbus Crew||969|
|16||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||San Jose Earthquakes||967|
|17||Arévalo Ríos||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||90||Montreal Impact||926|
|18||Álvaro Rey||Midfielder||Toronto FC||90||D.C. United||920|
|19||Tim Cahill||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||90||Seattle Sounders FC||883|
|20||Mark Bloom||Defender||Toronto FC||90||D.C. United||868|
By Maggie Jones
There’s no doubt that Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Columbus Crew at Toyota Stadium was a major blow to FCD’s playoff hopes. With four games remaining, Dallas sits five points out of a playoff spot meaning at least three and probably four wins from the four remaining games are needed to make the Western Conference playoffs.
“We realize that we have got to get points, we are running out of games,” said Head Coach Schellas Hyndman. “For us to get the playoffs we need three wins, and we have four games to do it.”
Hyndman expressed the need for the enthusiasm and confidence that is seen in the locker room to carry over on to the field adding the need for strong leadership to ensure heads don’t drop with the playoffs still an attainable goal.
“We have to get a result, it’s as simple as that,” Andrew Jacobson said about their remaining schedule. “We have to go for wins and that’s the mentality we need and we need guys who are on the same page and are ready to step up.”
FCD returns to the field next Saturday against Real Salt Lake, a place they won last year in a similar late-season scenario.
Full match highlights: FC Dallas 2, Columbus Crew 4
GOAL: Federico Higuain scores the first goal of the match for the visitors in the ninth minute.
GOAL: Jairo Arrieta doubles the Crew lead on the assist from Dominic Oduro.
GOAL: Blas Perez cuts the deficit in half with the assist from Mauro Diaz.
GOAL: Oduro scores just before the break to restore the two-goal lead.
GOAL: Diaz pulls one back for FC Dallas after evading some Crew defenders in the box.
GOAL: Bernardo Anor puts the game out of reach with a strike in the 86th minute.
FC Dallas dropped a heartbraking road result in New York losing 1-0 on a late own goal. Here's the highlights from today's match:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: New York 1, FC Dallas 0
POST: FCD scrambles it away after a NYRB cross hits the post
SAVE: Robles comes up big to deny Castillo right before the half
OWN GOAL: Erick inadvertently sends a RBNY into his own goal
SAVE: Fernandez comes up big denying Alexander on a breakaway
Full Match Highlights: Colorado Rapids 2, FC Dallas 1.
SAVE: Raul Fernandez denies Nathan Sturgis.
GOAL: David Ferreira finishes the cross from Jair Benitez to give FCD the lead.
GOAL: Vicente Sanchez strikes from inside the box to tie the match.
OWN GOAL: Sanchez's cross is deflected in for an FC Dallas own goal.
CHANCE: Benitez forces Clint Irwin into a tough save.
WATCH: Watson scores vs Whitecaps
Je-Vaughn Watson said after Saturday's game that his eyes are on nothing but qualifying for the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs and his contributions were huge for FC Dallas on Saturday in the 3-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
According to the OPTA Chalkboard, Watson dominated the left side on Saturday completing 26 of 31 passes as well as his wonder-strike past Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted early in the first half.
For Watson's 84-minute contributions, he earned MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week honors, his first appearance this season.
MF: Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas) – The outstanding two-way display in Dallas' 3-1 win over Vancouver might have been enough to secure his place here, but he made sure of it with a fine long-range strike to bring his team level.
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Mauro and Jair may have gotten the love for MLS Goal of the Week, but Je-Vaughn Watson was also honored for his Saturday night performance as a nominee for MLSsoccer.com's Top 3 Performers of Week 28!
The Jamaican terrorized the Whitecaps back line all evening scoring a wonder-goal in the eighth minute while combining with Jackson and Fabian Castillo to nearly put the ball past David Ousted a few other times.
Watson is enjoying the best form since joining FCD having started nine of the last 12 games for Schellas Hyndman's men.
Click here to vote for Je-Vaughn and get him some recognition for his fantastic game!
This week there's not one, but two FC Dallas players nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week!
Amazingly, the goals came within two minutes of each other as Mauro Diaz's 87th minute game-winning volley and Jair Benitez's 89th minute blast from midfield are up for the weekly award.
Diaz now sits with two goals and an assist in just 226 minutes of action since joining FC Dallas from River Plate of Argentina while Benitez's strike was his second MLS goal with FCD in the left back's 121st appearance with the club.
Watch the video, pick out your favorite in the poll to the right and let us know who you voted for!