That's A Wrap: Analysis of Chivas USA vs FC Dallas

When you have a 13-game winless streak in the middle of your season, the margin for error in the rest of your games becomes paper thin if you want to make the playoffs. For FC Dallas, that means getting three points against the teams you really need to beat. Unfortunately, on Sunday night at the Home Depot Center, FC Dallas let a second-half lead slip for the second time in two weeks en route to their second draw against Chivas USA this season. Here are the three plays that decided this match:

1)     Schellas Hyndman noted after the match that Chivas USA’s Achilles heel is giving up multiple goals in a match so when Blas Perez scored in the 8th minute, FCD looked to be in the driver’s seat. The goal was created by a nice ball from Jair Benitez to a streaking David Ferreira. El Torito ripped a shot that Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy could only save into the path of Perez who easily tapped home for his eighth goal of the season.

2)     You could pick one of about a dozen moments where goalkeeper Kevin Hartman saved FC Dallas, but perhaps the best of his seven saves came right before Chivas USA’s equalizer. Juan Pablo Angel, a thorn in the side of FC Dallas for many years, was inserted into the match at halftime, making a huge impact on things. In the 66th minute, the Colombian chested down a cross from Miller Bolanos before rasping a shot at Hartman. The FCD keeper was equal to the task, however, spectacularly palming the ball over the crossbar to protect the lead

3)     A Chivas USA equalizer seemed inevitable as a flat FC Dallas side desperately held on under immense pressure from the home side and the dam finally burst in the 69th minute. Another Bolanos cross was parried by Hartman, but only to the foot of Jorge Villafana. The 23-year-old was able to get a quick shot back in that eluded the Dallas defense and found the back of the net for the first goal in nearly six matches for Chivas USA.