FC Dallas lost their final regular season game out in Los Angeles 2-1 to the Galaxy. In a match highlighted by some perhaps sketchy referee decisions, Landon Donovan took advantage for the first galaxy goal on what appeared to be an egregious case of home cooking. Juninho had the winning goal for LA.
Both Galaxy goals were scored by untracked midfielders shooting from deep, highlighting the absence of the FCD captain in midfield. After starting Ugo Ihemelu and Daniel Hernandez last week, Coach Schellas Hyndman chose to rest both players for the final. Jackson filled in for the suspended Heath Pearce. Atiba Harris scored the loan Dallas goal.
With the loss Dallas tied the single season record of 4 losses held by the 2005 San Jose Earthquakes. The LA Galaxy win the Western Conference and the Supporters Shield. Dallas will now face Real Salt Lake in the playoffs.
FC Dallas 1, L.A. Galaxy 2
Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
DAL – Atiba Harris 4 (Eric Alexander 3) 22
L.A. – David Beckham 2 (Landon Donovan 16) 33
L.A. – Juninho (unassisted) 46
FC Dallas – Dario Sala, Jackson (Ugo Ihemelu 75), Zach Loyd, George John, Jair Benitez, Atiba Harris, Dax McCarty, Eric Alexander (Eric Avila 60), Marvin Chavez, Jeff Cunningham (Brek Shea 67), David Ferreira
Substitutes Not Used: Kevin Hartman, Bruno Guarda, Daniel Hernandez, Milton Rodriguez
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Dax McCarty 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Dax McCarty 2); FOULS: 14 (Jackson 4); OFFSIDES: 3 (Jeff Cunningham 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (David Ferreira 4); SAVES: 3 (Dario Sala 3)
Los Angeles Galaxy – Donovan Ricketts, Sean Franklin, A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant, David Beckham (Chris Klein 89), Juninho, Dema Kovalenko, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle (Eddie Lewis 90), Mike Magee (Jovan Kirovski 84)
Substitutes Not Used: Josh Saunders, Alex Cazumba, Leonardo, Tristan Bowen
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Edson Buddle 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (5 tied with 1); FOULS: 12 (Dema Kovalenko 4); OFFSIDES: 1 (Edson Buddle 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (David Beckham 5); SAVES: 3 (Donovan Ricketts 3)
DAL – Atiba Harris (caution; Reckless Foul) 45
L.A. – Landon Donovan (caution; Reckless Tackle) 58
Referee: Mark Geiger
Referee’s Assistants: Craig Lowry, Greg Barkey
4th Official: Baldomero Toledo
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 66 degrees
FC Dallas wraps up the 2010 regular season with a 12-4-14 mark and 50 points. The Dallas side’s four losses on the year ties the MLS mark for fewest losses in a single season.
The loss at L.A. coupled with last weekend’s loss at Real Salt Lake marks the first time all season FC Dallas has lost in back-to-back matches.
FC Dallas is the No. 3 seed in the West and will face defending MLS Champion Real Salt Lake in the first round of the 2010 MLS Playoffs, presented by Cash America. The two teams are set to meet Saturday, Oct. 30 at Pizza Hut Park with a 4 p.m. kickoff. Game two of the series will be played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake on Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. CT.
FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman:
On where the team is right now in relation to where he would like them to be…
We left quite a few of our regulars off today to try to recover and really, some of our players have been doing a pretty good job. We wanted to give them a chance to play. If you look at the first half, we’ve got a ways to go. We settled down a little bit in the second half even though we gave away a quick goal. To put a number on it, I think we’re about 80 percent where we feel like where we need to be. We were hitting about 90-95 percent before we picked up all the injuries. So, we stepped back a little bit, but I think it’s going to be different once the playoffs start.
On what he’s most pleased with to this point with his team…
David Ferreira has been outstanding for us. When you look at the players like Brek Shea who’s a young 20-year-old and Jackson… They really came along… I think our defense has done extremely well, and Kevin Hartman has been tremendous. There’s no doubt about it, we miss not only his good play, but his leadership qualities and his organization. We set a goal for ourselves to get into the MLS playoffs. We reached that goal and if you look at the points that are out there today, we would have won the Supporters’ Shield last year with the points we have. It’s a compliment to all those other teams who are doing so well.