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Highlights and context: Toronto equalizes late against FC Dallas

Apr 6, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

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Losing a two-goal lead is never a good thing. So FC Dallas surely cannot be too happy to have conceded two goals in the final six minutes, plus stoppage time.

If Dallas wants to be keep its place at the top of the Western Conference table, Schellas Hyndman’s men will need to learn about closing out contests.

On the other hand, there is a bigger picture to consider here … and FC Dallas keeps ticking off the positive results. Saturday’s 2-2 draw at BMO Field is yet another. We all keep talking about scheduling quirks and how FCD seems to be benefitting from a slate of March and early-April matches that fall favorably for a number of reasons. But you still have to go get the results. And at some point, it’s reasonable to simply say that FCD has some very good chemistry working.

Dallas is 4-1-1 … and that’s not one bit bad. (Remember, the champs just came and went from Toronto, only one week earlier, departing BMO Field with the very same 2-2 result.)

One takeaway from this one is how effective the defensive midfield combo of Andrew Jacobson and Michel has become for FC Dallas. The 4-2-3-1 formation is working because it free up David Ferrreira, Dallas’ creator.

Additionally, it will be important to watch the injury status to George John, who left this one with apparent concussion symptoms.

As for Toronto, consider that just one week ago Ryan Nelsen’s team conceded a late equalizer in that draw with Los Angeles. In the long run Toronto’s rookie head coach will not be satisfied with ties at home.

But considering the relative youth around the club, and considering how much roster building remains to be done around Exhibition Place, this is real progress. Last week: lose the lead. This week: rally from behind. That’s progress, any way you slice it.

Full highlights are here, including the best goal of the afternoon, a absolute wonder strike from Darel Russell in the 90th minute for TFC.

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