FC Dallas-Galaxy Preview

FC Dallas appears to be the only team that can overtake the Los

Angeles Galaxy for the MLS Supporters’ Shield and the lead in the

Western Conference, and it may be catching them at the perfect time

Saturday night.

Riding the momentum of two international victories, Dallas heads

west to play a Galaxy team trying to regroup after having its

14-match unbeaten streak end in shockingly definitive fashion.

FC Dallas (12-5-6) has one match in hand on the Galaxy (12-3-9)

and trails them by three points. While Dallas extended its MLS

unbeaten streak to four with a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA last

Saturday for its league-best 12th shutout, it also claimed its

first CONCACAF Champions League group stage spot with a 2-0

aggregate victory over Salvadoran side Alianza FC with a 1-0 win

Wednesday.

“It wasn’t an easy road in the beginning and I think now we are

all proud of what this team has accomplished,” coach Schellas

Hyndman told the team’s official website. “It’s a tremendous

accomplishment for our team. They have worked hard in the last year

to qualify for this event.”

The confidence from advancing should dovetail nicely with Dallas

also handing Los Angeles one of its three losses. Midfielder Brek

Shea looped a curling left-footed cross from 30 yards just outside

the penalty area on the left side that fooled Galaxy goalkeeper

Donovan Ricketts and softly went in off the right post in the 88th

minute of a 2-1 victory May 1.

This could be a big week for the 21-year-old Shea, who was named

to the 22-man U.S. roster for Wednesday’s friendly against Mexico

in Philadelphia in Juergen Klinsmann’s first match as national

coach.

Shea could make his third appearance for the Yanks and hopes to

catch Klinsmann’s eye as he begins to assemble a player pool for

2014 World Cup qualifying.

“I think any camp is important when you play with the national

team. But yeah, first impressions are important,” said Shea, who

was not selected by previous coach Bob Bradley to the Gold Cup

roster. “I’m excited. Any time you get a chance to play for your

country it is an honor. Hopefully I get a chance to play against

Mexico.”

One of Shea’s U.S. teammates – Landon Donovan – will try to get

the Galaxy back on track. Los Angeles was completely overrun at

Portland in a 3-0 defeat Wednesday, giving the expansion Timbers

their biggest MLS victory to date.

“We made it hard on ourselves,” Donovan said. “We knew they were

going to play and this would be the biggest game they played all

year and we weren’t ready for it.

“(The streak) was a good run. There were probably a couple times

where it could have been broken up but tonight we didn’t deserve to

win and we paid for it.”

Donovan, who is tied with New York forward Thierry Henry for the

league lead with 11 goals, has 114 overall and will move ahead of

Ante Razov for third in MLS history with his next tally.

The Galaxy are 6-0-5 at home, outscoring opponents 16-6 while

recording six shutouts.

Dallas’ Kevin Hartman, who played for the Galaxy from 1997-2006,

has five clean sheets in his last seven MLS matches. He is the

league’s all-time leader in wins (168) and shutouts (105).