FC Dallas slumps to loss against Rapids

Published Saturday, April 11, 2015 8:59 AM by Shane Barrow

Well it doesn't get much worse than that.  At least it is only three points lost, but seriously that was a terrible performance on home turf.  Coach Oscar Pareja called it a "flat performance".  Come on coach.  That was way worse than that.

“The game went a way we did not expect it to go,” he said. “We could not find a spark at any point of the game, and nothing we tried worked. I have to take responsibility of the game, but I’m still proud of this team.”

Colorado arrived in Frisco having not scored a goal in ten hours of play.  It took them less than two minutes on Friday night to break that streak as rookie striker Dominique Badji finished a perfect cross.  It was a ball that could have been dealt with by Walker Zimmerman, but he chose to let if fly past rather than commit to clearing the ball away.  Missing center back captain Matt Hedges was quite evident on this Friday night.  The Dallas defense was in tatters from the opening whistle.

The Rapids made it 2-0 before the break through local boy Dillon Powers and Oscar Pareja was spurred to make to substitutions at halftime.  Pareja added another central midfielder, but the strategy did not work as the visitors netted twice more in the second half.  An embarrassing loss against the worst team in MLS on home soil.  Colorado had not won away from home in 16 matches.  The once red hot FCD side now find themselves back in the MLS pack having given up seven goals in consecutive losses to Portland and Colorado.

Ultimately, Pareja said his team’s current rough patch may be a wake-up call.

“Maybe we’re not as good as we thought,” he said. “I promise we’re not that bad either. I think every day about the different challenges and we have another challenge tomorrow. We have a lot of work to do, but I’m sticking with these players and coaches and I will back them up 100 percent”