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
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
“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
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
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).