By BRYAN ROBISON
Coming into Sunday's matchup with Chivas USA, FC Dallas was in desperate needof a win to keep up with the Vancouver Whitecaps. That win did not come, as Dallas dropped a pivotal two points, in a match that Chivas USA dominated at home. FC Dallas now sits four points back of Vancouver with two matches left to play.
When Chivas USA plays, it is usually keeper Dan Kennedy who is making the most spectacular plays throughout the night. However, it was the keeper on the other side, Kevin Hartman, making the spectacular saves tonight. Despite making seven saves, it wasn't enough to keep the Goats out of the net, as Chivas USA's Jorge Villafaña scored his first goal on the year to even up the match at the eventual final score of 1-1.
A Dallas defense that started the match without stalwart George John looked lost throughout the match, struggling with a Chivas offense that had not scored since a 2-1 loss against Seattle on September 8th. That 600 minute scoreless streak was the second-longest streak in MLS history.
Dallas was unable to capitalize on an early lead, thanks to a Blas Perez tap-in during the eigth minute. From there, David Ferreira and Perez were never able to impact the game, as Chivas held possession throughout the second half, along with Ferreira struggling with an injury late in the match. The offense was also out of sync due to missing Brek Shea, who did not even make the trip to Los Angeles due to an injury suffered last week at San Jose.
With their playoff hopes fading, Dallas will now travel to CenturyLink Field to take on the surging Seattle Sounders on Sunday, October 21st. Chivas USA, meanwhile, will play their home finale at Home Depot Center against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday the 20th. Dallas and Chivas will conclude their seasons against each other in the season finale for both in Dallas on October 28th.
Here are the match highlights:
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