That's A Wrap: Analysis of FC Dallas vs Chivas USA
FRISCO -- In many ways, Sunday’s draw with Chivas USA was a perfect microcosm of the FC Dallas season. A leaky defense in the last 30 minutes of games has been a problem all year and it came up to bite FCD one final time on Sunday night as two late goals earned Chivas USA a 2-2 draw to close out the season. Here are the three plays that shaped this game:
1) It looked like neither team would find the goal as the game remained scoreless with 20 minutes to play, but FC Dallas finally found a breakthrough from some usual suspects in the 73rd minute. Out of nothing, a ball over the top from David Ferreira found a streaking Jackson. The Brazilian took a touch before literally kneeing a chipped shot over goalkeeper Tim Melia with a fantastic display of skill. The goal is Jackson’s fourth of a successful 2012 campaign that has seen the Brazilian finish with four goals and seven assists. With the assist, Ferreira took over the team lead, and he would soon add another.
2) Fabian Castillo was a constant thorn in the left side of the Chivas USA defense and the promising Colombian grabbed a deserved goal in the 80th minute. Another pinpoint ball from Ferreira freed Castillo down the left side and he chipped an onrushing Melia for his career-high sixth goal of the campaign. Castillo finishes the season second on FCD in scoring in a breakthrough year buoyed by the return of Ferreira. At just 20 years old, Castillo looks to be a major piece of the FCD offense going forward. Also notable about the goal is Ferreira’s ninth assist in just his 17th game of the year.
3) A familiar foe showed its face again for FCD as just minutes after allowing Laurent Courtois to score his first goal of the season their defense was breached again with the final kick of the game. Courtois snuck behind the Dallas defense and served up a ball to Juan Agudelo. The American international forward spurned multiple chances throughout the game, but this time he found himself unmarked, tapping past Hartman. The goal ends the Dallas season much the way it has gone throughout the campaign, wondering what could’ve been after another dropped lead.