My beloved team, FC Dallas, gave up a draw in the closing minutes of the game on Wednesday against a Colorado side who were very beatable. If Dallas could have won this game, it would have proved last weekends beating of reigning champions, Columbus was not a fluke. Instead, the team had a lackluster effort that while still getting a point, only showed that this is not a playoff team, nor anywhere close to one. They seemed destined to draw that game from the start of the second half. They were just drifting, waiting for the hammer to fall. They didn’t have the fire or the passion, and I don’t know what it is going to take for them to get that passion, as these types of games are the ones to be pumped up for. When up 1-0 in a tough environment, and struggling to hold on; that is when a winning team shows their grit and determination in the face of adversity and fights for the win. Instead, they wilted, got tired and gave up.
Now you might say that it was a good result, that a tie on the road against a very good team is encouraging. If you say this, and believe it, you didn’t watch the game very closely. FCD was dominated for most of the game, and if it wasn’t for a beautiful assist by Kenny Cooper and a nifty finish by David Ferriera against the run of the play, this team would have really lost.
Colorado had chance after chance to win this game and it was their worthless finishing that helped FCD more than anything else.
Eric Avila didn’t get the start again, and came on midway through the second half to try to relive that spark that he had in last week’s game. His insertion and Brek Shea’s in the 45th minute didn’t do enough to turn the tide and maintain possession.
Jeff Cunningham started on the right wing only to come off at halftime to be replaced by Shea. In my opinion, he should not be a starter for this team. His first touch, passing and crossing are not efficient enough to make a difference in this league, and guys like Avila and Shea deserve a starting role over him. Cunningham is a proven goal scorer in the league with over 100 goals, but he is getting older and the league is leaving him behind in talent.
So, the question that remains is this: what happens to the rest of the season? Buzz over at 3rd Degree shows that we have to get 26 points in the next 15 games to reach the proverbial 40 points needed to reach the playoffs. From the first 15 games we have 14 points. I think the rest of the season is a wash. Unless something very magical happens, and the Hoops go on a streak that is one of the best the league has ever seen, I don’t see the team making the playoffs nor even getting close.
Coach Hyndman needs to figure out what he wants from this team, and begin to shape them. Let loose the dead weight and bring in his players that fit his system. I am willing to support him for another season as this is his first in any professional league and it takes time to learn the league, and how it plays, but if he doesn’t do it by the beginning of next season, he should be gone, as well as the Hunt Sports Group. They are a mess and are bringing down the team even more than the team’s horrid record.
But hey, miracles can happen right. Just look at the USA. They believed. Maybe we should too.
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