That's A Wrap: Analysis of Chicago vs FC Dallas
Guest columnist Daniel Robertson is the founder of BigDSoccer.com. His blog covers everything FC Dallas and local soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @BigDSoccer. In 'That's A Wrap' Daniel details three plays or moments that changed the game.
1) FC Dallas scored first for the third straight game in very similar circumstances to Saturday night’s goal against Philadelphia. Bryan Leyva, in his fourth career MLS start, served in another pinpoint corner in the 41st minute that found the head of Blas Perez. His headed was saved well by Sean Johnson but rookie Matt Hedges was perfectly placed to head in the rebound for his first MLS goal. While Leyva won’t get the assist, it was the third goal he’s been directly involved in this season. The great buildup play from Andrew Jacobson and Jackson to earn the corner shouldn’t be ignored either in what was really a team goal.
2) In his third appearance of the season, Bruno Guarda earned FC Dallas a golden chance to re-take the lead early in the second half. Some fantastic work down the left side freed him running towards the box and the Brazilian midfielder was tripped by Chicago Fire forward Dominic Oduro to earn FC Dallas a penalty kick. You would have bet the house on Blas Perez to slot the PK away, but Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson had other ideas making a wonderful save in what was really the turning point in the match.
3) The run of bad luck for FC Dallas unbelievably continued soon after as Chicago earned a penalty kick of their own. Some defensive uncertainty allowed Marco Pappa to latch onto a long ball from the back and after he tangled with two FCD players in the box, the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Like Sean Johnson on the other end, Kevin Hartman made a brilliant save on Sebastian Grazzini’s shot, but the rebound fell to Marco Pappa who easily scored to give Chicago the 2-1 lead. Replays showed Pappa nearly even with Grazzini when the kick was taken, but the howls of the FC Dallas players were turned away and the goal stood for Chicago.