FC Dallas is hoping some home cooking will cure what ails them. After a fruitless three game road trip the team is needing some good home results this week as they host a pair of teams from the Northwest. The Portland Timbers arrive for a midweek match on Wednesday and Seattle Sounders come to Frisco Saturday.
The recent road trip could not have gone much worse for an FC Dallas team that left town on top of the Western Conference standings but now find themselves in fourth upon return. The team didn’t play well in any aspect as the defense allowed a whopping eight goals in the three games. At least the defense had a small excuse as stud central defender Matt Hedges is out with injury. It’s time to get over the loss of Hedges though and get things sorted out back there. Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez suffered a late injury in the Toronto game this weekend. I’d expect to see Chris Seitz in the goal this week.
At the other end of the pitch, the offense has had no such excuses. Before the trip the team was averaging just under two goals per game. The once powerful attack was held scoreless in all three games however. That is almost unthinkable for an attack with the talents of Mauro Diaz, Fabian Castillo, Michael Barrios, Tesho Akindele and Max Urruti. Hopefully, the friendly confines of Toyota Park in Frisco will get the guys back on track.
"It doesn't get any easier, but we are very optimistic," Coach Oscar Pareja said after training Monday. "As I say, I saw the boys today with joy and belief. These guys, they will bounce back, I know. This week is important for sure. I wish we could get the performance and the points because the boys deserve it."
With the LA Galaxy in fine form and the Colorado Rapids surging, FC Dallas will need at least four points on home turf this week to keep pace. Truthfully, with Seattle and Portland sitting in 8th and 9th places FCD better notch all six points if they are really planning to be contenders this year. The LA Galaxy are scoring goals in bunches led by a dynamic attack of Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes and Giovanni Dos Santos. While the Rapids are being pushed ahead by the dominant play of US National Teamer Jermaine Jones. Coach Oscar Pareja better get the boys refocused or they could lose touch with the leaders in the MLS Western Conference.