FC Dallas rallies past Galaxy to clinch playoff spot

Published Sunday, October 12, 2014 10:09 PM by Jaime Nenclares
FC Dallas rallies past Galaxy to clinch playoff spot

FC Dallas are officially in the playoffs after a tough win vs LA Galaxy. Almost 20,000 fans showed up at Toyota Stadium to not only watch FC Dallas clinch a playoff spot, but also to watch Landon Donovan play his last match in Dallas (unless the two sides clash in the MLS playoffs).  With the 2-1 come from behind win vs the Galaxy, FC Dallas will take part in the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

The game started off with Dallas on the front foot pressing for an early goal against the Galaxy.  Ten minutes in and FCD had already earned three corner kicks and had a few opportunities to convert. They would rue the missed opportunities as in the 21st minute the visitors would grab the lead against the run of play.  All it took for LAG to get a point on the board was a cheeky chip from the Swede Stefan Ishizaki that sweetly dipped over FCD keeper, Chris Seitz.  A definite MLS goal of the week candidate for sure.

In the 33rd minute, Walker Zimmerman had the opportunity to equalise for the home side after making a good near post run. Sadly, his glancing header was saved expertly by the Galaxy shot-stopper, Jaime Penedo. The first half would end 1-0 in favor of the visitors.

For the second half there would be a change in referees as Alan Kelly suffered an injury and had to be replaced by Juan Guzman, the fourth official. It only took Dallas six minutes to draw level with the goal coming from an in-form David Texeira. Andres Escobar would play Texeira in behind the snoozing LA defense to give him the easy finish.

With a draw vs Galaxy, FCD would would have to depend on other results for a playoff spot. They needed the win. There were a few times when it seemed that Dallas would conceded a second, but the FCD defense managed to stymie the opponents attack and keep their side in contention for a win.

Galaxy dominated most of the second half as they got their passing game going, but their lack of penetration would come back to haunt the California based side in the last five minutes of the game. In the 87th minute Dallas got a throw-in in the opponents half and took it to their full advantage. Loyd would throw it in to Escobar who the proceeded to blast the ball at Penedo. Penedo would parry the shot only to watch Fabian Castillo head it in to an open net. Dallas 2-1 Galaxy.

In the 89th minute, Moises Hernandez made a foolish tackle from behind on Jose Villarreal to earn himself a red card and leave the home side with only ten men on the pitch to battle it out for the remaining minutes of the match. The Texas team managed to hang onto their lead for the remaining minutes in order to take the three points and a playoff spot.