That's A Wrap: Analysis of Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas
FC Dallas exorcised a ton of demons in their 2-1 defeat of the Colorado Rapids. It was their first win in 92 days, a span of 13 games, and it was their first road win since October 12, 2011, a span of nine away matches. A game that was scoreless at halftime sprung to life in the second half. Here are the three plays that defined this win for FC Dallas:
- Things looked bleak for FC Dallas early in the second half as the Rapids came out of the locker room flying. The combination of Omar Cummings and Conor Casey led Colorado to MLS Cup in 2010 and they turned back the clock to combine for the opening goal in the 50th minute. Casey played a fantastic ball to Cummings to free him 1v1 with Kevin Hartman and the Jamaican international made no mistake with a sneaky near-post shot that slid under Hartman to put the Rapids in front. Colorado was 6-2-0 when scoring the first goal heading into the game and looked to be in firm control after grabbing the first score tonight.
- Schellas Hyndman brought on Panamanian international Carlos Rodriguez in the second half and the substitution proved to be a touch of magic. Less than three minutes after coming into the game, Rodriguez tied things up with a fantastic header. A David Ferreira corner was cleared out to fellow Colombian Fabian Castillo, and the 20-year-old’s curling cross found Rodriguez who scored his first ever MLS goal to tie things up in the 60th minute. For FC Dallas it was obviously a crucial moment that came at the perfect time as the side desperately needed to get back into the game.
- Castillo and Rodriguez combined again later in the half to complete the comeback and give FCD fans the moment they’ve been waiting on for three months. In the 81st minute, Ferreira found some space in the middle of the park to operate and played a trademark through ball to Rodriguez bearing down on Matt Pickens’ goal. The Panamanian's shot eluded Pickens but was cleared off the line right to Castillo who slammed the ball home to give Dallas the lead and eventually earn them an enormous three points that keeps the club in contention for a Western Conference playoff spot.