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.
READ: #5 – “REFUSE TO LOSE”
#4 – "RUNNING OF THE BULLS"
September 16, 2010 at Pizza Hut Park
FC Dallas 2, New York Red Bulls 2
Perhaps no other game presented as much adversity to FC Dallas in 2010 as their match at home against the DP-ridden New York Red Bulls. The ramifications of this match undoubtedly affected the remainder of FC Dallas’ season.
Things looked to be going well for FC Dallas in the 24th minute, when Milton Rodriguez scored to give the home side a 1-0 lead. However, just two minutes later FCD would lose the heart of their on-field leadership in captain Daniel Hernandez to a hamstring injury. Hernandez was replaced in midfield by Dax McCarty, who was seeing his first action in two months due to a quadriceps injury.
Things went from bad to worse just three minutes later when Dallas’ rising star Brek Shea was ejected from the game for a hard tackle on New York’s Chris Albright, causing FCD to play a man down for the remaining 60 minutes of the match.
Schellas Hyndman’s squad would have been happy to go into the half with the lead a man down, but newly-acquired Red Bull Mehdi Ballouchy had other plans. The former Rapid midfielder tied the game in the third minute of stoppage time before the end of the half.
But just when things couldn’t get any worse – they did. In a bizarre accident following the goal, Red Bull DP Thierry Henry’s celebratory second strike of the dead ball struck off the right foot of an unprepared Kevin Hartman, straining the right MCL of Dallas’ Goalkeeper of the Year candidate. Hartman would not play another minute of the regular season following the injury.
The second half saw the return of Dario Sala to the FC Dallas goal for the first time in over four months. But in the face of long odds, FC Dallas would not quit. They regained the lead in the 68th minute after rookie Eric Alexander was able to split two Red Bull defenders and score one on one against ‘keeper Bouna Coundoul, and the squad looked to have a shorthanded victory in the bag.
Unfortunately, it was not to be. A heartbreaking own-goal found its way past Sala off the head of Jair Benitez in the 82nd minute, bringing the score to its final resting place of 2-2.
The draw ended FCD’s six-game win streak at Pizza Hut Park, but it also extended the team’s unbeaten streak to 15 games and proved the squad could find a result no matter how much adversity they had to face.
Stay tuned to FCDallas.com to see the top three defining moments of FC Dallas’ 2010 campaign.