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 will detail three plays or moments that changed the game.
1. After picking up his first yellow card for dissent in the 25th minute, Daniel Hernandez was given his marching orders ten minutes later. Hernandez earned his second yellow card for a foul on Colorado forward Martin Rivero leaving FC Dallas down to ten men. While Hernandez was not shown a red card in his first 62 games for FC Dallas through 2012, Daniel has now been shown the red card twice in seven games. It’s only Hernandez’ 6th red card in 185 career MLS games. He will be forced to sit out Wednesday’s match at home against Seattle.
2. Things went from bad to worse for FCD just seconds later. Still recovering from the red card shown to Hernandez, Dallas lost another player as Panamanian forward Blas Perez was given a straight red card that drew much derision from the FC Dallas Stadium crowd. A Zach Loyd cross was flicked on by Scott Sealy in the direction of Perez. As the forward went to challenge for the ball with Drew Moor, his studs came up high on the former FCD defender’s leg and a red card was shown. It’s the first time FC Dallas has ever been shown two red cards in the first half and a moment that put FCD squarely behind the eight ball. The red card will certainly be a hot topic of debate this week as you wonder if the referee thought Perez’ boot made contact with Moor’s face which replays showed was not the case. Schellas Hyndman mentioned after the game it was probably the first time he’s had to coach a team down to nine men in the first half.
3. FCD fought valiantly for the rest of the first half half and first 15 minutes of the second half keeping Colorado off the scoreboard in scenes reminiscent of the recent Chelsea-Barcelona Champions League encounter. Unfortunately, in this edition the short-handed team finally succumbed to the intense pressure applied by the Colorado Rapids attack. In the 61st minute, a deep cross from Luis Zapata found Brian Mullan unmarked at the far post with loads of time. The winger’s chipped ball found Jaime Castrillon who easily headed home to put the Rapids on the board. The FC Dallas defense can certainly take a ton of positives from this game, but in the end it’s Colorado and Oscar Pareja who walk away from Frisco with three points.