Sunday, August 29, 2010
The FC Dallas road unbeaten record
By Buzz Carrick
If you follow FC Dallas at all, then I'm sure by now you know that FCD set the MLS record for road game unbeaten with ten. Ironically, the record was previously held by Columbus, who FCD tied 0-0 on Saturday, with nine games on the road unbeaten in 2004.
While it's not a record, FCD is also unbeaten overall in twelve games, as the Red Stripes last lost on May 20, a 1-0 decision to LA Galaxy at Pizza Hut Park. That match was FCD's only loss this season with Kevin Hartman in net.
So what's it mean, what's this record worth?
It means, obviously, that FCD is darn hard to beat. It means that Hyndman's team plays some darn stingy defense and gets some timely goals. It means this club has some serious grit and determination not to lose. Winning on the road in MLS is very difficult to do, not losing goes along with that. Getting this record takes determination, a little luck, and really good team. This record says FCD is a force to be reckoned with in 2010 and will be a factor for the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup.
Unfortunately it's not worth a whole lot more than that. That Columbus side in 2004 didn't win MLS Cup. They didn't even get there as DC United knocked off KC 3-2 that year in the final. The Crew finished the season with the most points in the league, 49, tied with KC although Columbus was awarded the Supporters Shield. But the 4th seed New England Revolution upset the Crew in the opening round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. So this mark is no divine indication of a title heading to Dallas.
So let's take this record for what it is, a sign that FC Dallas fans have a very good team to watch this season. The kind of team we haven't seen here in a long time, if ever. There have been good teams in Dallas before. 1999 under Dave Dir was a real shot at a title, 2006 under Colin Clarke was first place virtually wire to wire. But neither of those teams had the grit, steal, and defense this team seems to have. So Enjoy it while it lasts.
Now if FCD could just find some scoring from a striker.