Its been a memorable season of unbeaten runs and records for FC Dallas in 2010. After a remarkable regular-season campaign that has the club in the post-season for the first time since 2007, FCDallas.com has decided to take a look back at five moments that defined FCD in 2010. We’ll be revealing one every other day leading up to FC Dallas’ Nov. 6 game at Rio Tinto Stadium against Real Salt Lake.
#5 – "REFUSE TO LOSE"
September 22, 2010 at Pizza Hut Park
FC Dallas 2, New England Revolution 2
It’s funny in soccer how sometimes a draw can feel like a win or a loss depending on the circumstance. FCD’s last minute tie with a desperate Revolution squad in late September was definitely an example of a draw that felt like a victory.
The match marked Dario Sala’s return to the starting goalkeeper position following Kevin Hartman’s MCL injury (Sala’s last start before this match was on May 1 in a 1-1 draw with the Revs). FC Dallas went down early at the hands of a strike by Shalrie Joseph in the fifth minute of the match. David Ferreira had a chance to even the score line after drawing a penalty in the New England box in the 34th minute, but he sent the PK wide of the goal.
The Revolution took hold of a two-goal lead in the second half after forward Ilija Stolica netted one in the 66th minute. Despite the two-goal deficit, MVP candidate David Ferreira continued to lead the charge with the “refuse to lose” mentality that had put Dallas on its (at that time) 15-game unbeaten streak.
El Torito’s determination would pay off, as the Colombian playmaker earned another penalty kick in the 80th minute of the match. Ferreira would not squander a second attempt from the spot, as he buried the PK to cut the lead in half.
FC Dallas continued to battle all the way to the third and final minute of stoppage time, when Eric Avila chipped a ball to Ferreira, who sent it to the far post for the finish by Jeff Cunningham. JC9’s 130th career goal would be the final play of the match to extend FCD’s unbeaten streak to 16 games.
Stay tuned to FCDallas.com to see the top four defining moments of FC Dallas’ 2010 campaign.