Aug 19, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT
Hmmm. Impressive, late-season charge from FC Dallas? Haven’t we seen one of these before?
Schellas Hyndman’s team just bulldogged its way back into the playoff chase in the most highly of unlikely ways, with consecutive wins on the road, over two of the Western Conference leaders, no less.
On Wednesday, they frustrated the Canadian pooh out of Vancouver in a David Ferreira-inspired 2-0 win. And Saturday, they got the best of Real Salt Lake in a David Ferreira-inspired 2-1 win.
Truly, this must be one of the best weeks, results-wise, in FC Dallas history.
It is all about Ferreira – with a side of George John’s return, plus Brek Shea being in a better place. Ferreira, the 2010 MVP, returned to the field about six weeks ago following a 15-month injury absence. Now, as the Colombian playmaker has polished his touch and fitness, his presence has completely revitalized the team.
It’s not just the skill; it’s the man’s drive and leadership. What midfielder Daniel Hernandez put on his Facebook feed after last night’s win in Utah: “Finally playing like a team. Not so much for the wins, but the fight!”
In 2009, FC Dallas was 6-11-5 heading into September. Having stabilized matters, playing about .500 soccer through August, they went on a late tear, with a 5-1-1- record heading into the season’s final match. A couple of those results, like a 6-3 win in Los Angeles, were real stunners. Dallas went into Seattle on the final day in search of a win and a playoff berth.
Seattle prevailed, but the point was well made: At that time, no MLS club relished a playoff date with Hyndman’s side.
With Ferreira back and performing at such a high level once again, it’s probably looking quite the same now. The side is 5-2-2 in matches that Ferreira starts, and is unbeaten over its last four.
Here are highlights of last night’s win at Rio Tinto, including Ferreira’s stoppage-time game-winner:
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