There are a number of reasons Schellas Hyndman and FC Dallas can point to as to why they became the first team to lose to Chivas USA since July 28, 2012, but the one Hyndman focused on after the game was missed chances.
Before allowing three goals in the last 25 minutes of the match, Dallas was able to breach the Chivas USA back line with relative ease, though the final decision let them down on most occasions.
“It wasn’t clicking,” said Hyndman. “There were a lot of opportunities that we could’ve laid balls off to a free player and it just seems like we may have held the ball a little bit too long.”
It was a theme that showed itself just seconds into the match as Kenny Cooper, sprung free on goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, elected to shoot right at the ‘keeper rather than pass across the box where David Ferreira sat wide open.
“You can look at gamesmanship or the things that are going on out there, but then you just look at kickoff,” Hyndman said after the match. “Kenny had a great opportunity and we had two guys in front of the goal he could’ve played it to. I think we could’ve done better and we will do better.”
When Dallas finally took the lead in the second half, it looked as though Hyndman’s side would end up cruising to victory much like the Columbus Crew did at the Home Depot Center last weekend. FCD managed multiple shots on goal in quick succession including a header from Matt Hedges that hit the post, but the finishing simply wasn’t there and Dallas was forced to pay.
Hyndman hopes the return of suspended forward and 2012 top scorer Blas Perez will be the answer for FCD with arch rival Houston Dynamo coming to town on Sunday (12 p.m. CT on ESPN).
“It’s going to be a big help,” Hyndman said about the return of the Panamanian. “I think it’s going to give us an opportunity to do some things we’ve been working on whether it’s been with two strikers or simply to have him on the field.”