While it stings now, FC Dallas is proud of 2015

Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. That was the feeling around the FC Dallas locker-room after a vicious two goal comeback was stomped by the Portland Timbers in-front of a sold out Toyota […]

FC Dallas’ late comeback falls short, bow out of MLS Cup Playoffs. Portland Timbers advance to first MLS Cup Final in club history

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FC Dallas would come just a goal short of producing yet another classic in this year’s MLS Cup Playoffs, but after a valiant effort, their 2015 campaign came to an end.

Ryan Hollingshead and Blas Perez would put their best efforts forward for Dallas, but Dairon Asprilla and Lucas Melano had other ideas, putting the Portland Timbers into their first MLS Cup in club history.

Dallas would have the first chance of the match coming in the 6th minute. Fabian Castillo was lurking on the left-side of the box unmarked and homegrown Kellyn Acosta found him with a great cross. Castillo crossed the ball across the face of goal but no-one could connect. Portland would immediately counter, but Acosta tracked back to prevent the one-on-one chance with a tackle of Fanendo Adi.

The teams would then trade open chances, neither would find the back of the net. Portland would get the first of those chances as Darion Asprilla would use a deft touch with his chest to produce a shot inside the box in the 14th minute. Homegrown keeper Jesse Gonzalez would come up with a nice save from point-blank.

Portland’s keeper, Adam Larsen Kwarasey, would commit grand larceny, robbing David Texeira of his second goal in this year’s playoffs. Texeira would have an open header crashing down towards goal. His effort was stonewalled by Kwarasey who flailed his body at it to make the stop in the 32nd minute.

The Timbers would have one final chance in the first half at the 36 minute mark after an Asprilla cross, but Adi would send his effort 20 rows into the stands.

Adi would have the last laugh in the 51st minute. After a Mauro Diaz turnover the ball found its way to the feet of Adi who had just Gonzalez in front of him as Walker Zimmerman had slipped to the ground. Adi dribbled and ripped a shot past the fingertips of Gonzalez to make the score 1-0 in the match, 4-1 on aggregate in favor of the Timbers.

Diaz would refuse to be remembered as the guy who helped end his clubs season, so he took over the match. The Argentine would provide two assists for FC Dallas’ last gasp at MLS Cup.

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The Argentine lifted a perfectly weighted ball towards the former UCLA Bruin, Hollingshead. Hollingshead’s finish was crisp and clean into the bottom right corner making the score 1-1 in the match and 4-2 on aggregate in the 69th minute. The life was just what FC Dallas needed, as they used the momentum to grab another.

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The Panamanian big man Perez, who checked into the match in the 66th minute, grabbed a header to pull Dallas within one on aggregate. His first goal since May. Diaz lifted a cross a cross in off a set-piece, and Perez was there for the goal making it 4-3 on aggregate in favor of the Timbers in the 73rd minute. Toyota Stadium would not sit down for the rest of the match.

Perez would have another chance in stoppage time, but his shot was blocked out of play by an outstanding effort from Nat Borchers. Portland would pick up the dagger just minutes later. Stoppage time sub Lucas Melano would round Gonzalez, tapping the ball into the net for the series.

FC Dallas’ gutsy effort would fall short, as they could not muster the goals they needed. Portland would tie the match 2-2, and win on aggregate by a score of 5-3, advancing to MLS Cup. Now begins a long off-season for FC Dallas.

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Western Conference Finals Leg Two – Three Pregame Thoughts.

As the clock ticks down to seeing FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers take the pitch at Toyota Stadium in leg two of the Western Conference Finals, there are a lot of different thoughts flying […]

Western Conference finals leg two – Match preview

A 3-1 result in leg one of the Western Conference finals left FC Dallas fans reeling, wondering if we had all just witnessed the end of a great 2015 season. The match certainly felt as […]

Poor set-piece defending has Dallas leave Portland with a 3-1 defect in leg one of the Western Conference Finals

A poor night defending set-pieces left FC Dallas with a 3-1 loss in Portland, and looking at an uphill battle returning home. Liam Ridgewell, Darion Asprilla and Nat Borchers got on the score sheet for […]

FC Dallas win insane shootout with Seattle, advance to Western Conference Finals

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An insane final 10 minutes of regular time which saw three combined goals scored by the two clubs, all by second half subs. Tesho Akindele and Walker Zimmerman got on the scoresheet for FC Dallas, while Chad Barrett score for Seattle.

 The match would have to be decided in penalties. Zimmerman would later be called upon the score the winning penalty, which he did. I think you can say the kids, are now men.

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FC Dallas come home for Western Conference Semi-finals finale

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Oscar Pareja told referee Kevin Stott he had “no huevos” for not making a decisive call in leg one. Now, it is up to his club to show the huevos they have, officiating mistake or not.

For FC Dallas, it is really do or die on Sunday. Should they lose, the season is over, but the series could still be considered in Dallas’ hands as they do have the away goal.  A 1-0 win for FC Dallas does the trick, but it is hard to keep Seattle off of the scoresheet as we all saw in leg one.

Coming home to Frisco, however, is where FC Dallas find their advantage on Sunday. The club is home, on their home grass, not turf like in Seattle. Making the most of the chances that FC Dallas will earn is also going to be key. Continue reading

Seattle Sounders v. FC Dallas – Western Conference Semi-Finals Leg One Preview

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After closing out the regular season with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquake, the battered FC Dallas return to action after a week rest to face the Seattle Sounders in leg one of the Western Conference semi-finals. This is where things start to get really serious.

Ryan Hollingshead’s summer optimism proves beneficial in the long run

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FC Dallas utility man, Ryan Hollingshead has proved to be a key cog of the FC Dallas wheel in 2015. Having started at five different positions this year, he has now finding a home at left back. He also found a positivity that was sometimes unmatched in the FC Dallas locker room, believing that the club still had a shot at the Supporters Shield, even in the summer when things looked to be getting derailed.

Captain Matt Hedges more than happy to earn first round bye

With FC Dallas clinching the #1 seed in the Western Conference, the club has clinched a first round bye, something they could not avoid last year. Captain Matt Hedges more than welcomes the week rest […]