FC Dallas down San Jose 2-1 to round out regular season

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FC Dallas picked up the win they needed, but there would be no silverware coming to Frisco, yet.

Dallas would take down the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1, and end the Earthquakes season short of a playoff spot. Dallas needed a New York draw or loss against the Chicago Fire, but the Red Bulls also picked up three points.

The teams took a minute to settle in, and when they did San Jose executed first. After Quincy Amarikwa was denied by Jesse Gonzalez in the 11th minute, he struck for a goal two minutes later. After Fatai Alashe ripped a pass to Chris Wondolowski who zipped it along with is chest, Amarikwa bodied Matt Hedges in the box and slotted it past Gonzalez for 1-0.

It was the Bakersfield, California native’s sixth of the season. Dallas would then turn up the heat on a chilly Frisco night. After a few close chances, Dallas created their most dangerous chance of the night, which led to a goal.

The Colombian international Fabian Castillo beat Victor Bernandez to the bi-line and played in a cross that scraped under David Bingham. After the sides scrapped for the ball and it bounced around a bit, Mauro Diaz came crashing in and gently flicked the ball into the net for 1-1 in the 38th minute.

Tempers flared in the second half. Matias Perez Garcia was sent off after he whacked Diaz in the head in an off the ball incident. The red card essentially ended the Earthquakes’ playoff hopes.

The card would create close to a three minute delay as San Jose protested. Space left by the Quakes playing down a man would lead to Dallas’ winner.

It would be homegrown product and club ambassador Victor Ulloa who would do his part to try and win his club the Supporters Shield. After dispossessing Clarence Goodson, the ball fell to Castillo who quickly got it back to Ulloa in the two on one situation.

Ulloa looked like a striker in front of net as he calmly beat Bingham for 2-1. Dallas would score again in the 86th minute after Tesho Akindele’s shot was saved by Bingham into the path of Michael Barrios, but Akindele would be ruled offside disallowing the goal.

San Jose would never really get going in the second half, and eventually lead to the end of their season. FC Dallas finished out the second half for three points, but no Supporters Shield due to outside circumstances. They still are the Western Conference’s #1 seed.

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