That's A Wrap: Analysis of Columbus vs FC Dallas

Early goal not enough, FCD plays down a man in second half

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 broke their 231 minute scoreless streak with a dream beginning to the match. Fabian Castillo, who created so many chances on Wednesday against Seattle but couldn’t produce the final product, streaked down the left side beating Toni Tchani, turning onto his left foot under pressure from Eric Gehrig and just slipping the ball past Andy Gruenebaum to give FCD a huge lead on the road. The first half goal was Castillo’s first in MLS since scoring against Philadelphia almost a year to the day on May 14, 2011 and hopefully signals the beginning of a breakout stretch for the young Colombian.
 
2.    Everything changed for FC Dallas in the 63rd minute when they were shown red yet again in this young season. FC Dallas right back Zach Loyd was shown his second yellow for a foul on Columbus forward Justin Meram. FC Dallas went down to ten men for the third time this season and second time in three games. For Loyd, it was the first time he’s missed a minute of action with FCD this season and the first red card for the Oklahoman in his 66-game MLS career. The red care seemed to send FC Dallas into a temporary state of defensive confusion with both Columbus goals coming within ten minutes of the expulsion.
 
3.    FC Dallas was still reeling from Justin Meram’s long-range equalizer when the Crew gave Dallas another sucker punch to take the lead. Nemanja Vukovic’s 72nd minute corner kick found Chilean right back Sebastian Miranda unmarked at the top of the box. Miranda, who has started every game for Columbus dating back to the beginning of 2011, unleashed a fantastic snap header that made its way through traffic and past Chris Seitz giving the Crew a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.