Well as I start my pre-season training for match reports in the upcoming season, I figured I would start with something I could do live. Reason being was so I could experiment with an idea or two, and since these games were very hard to get a hold of (unless you love little screens on the internet or can understand the Spanish language), it made for a good opportunity. Please note that these won’t be as indepth as my delayed match reports generally are, but I’m pretty sure you’ll get the gist of what happened.
Match One: FC Dallas v Chivas Guadalajara 1. Quick story: Game of good tempo that will be marred by controversy. An apparent hand ball led to Chivas canceling out Dallas’s opener and then in retaliation to an elbow, Drew Moor gets himself sent off. In the end it was a hard earned point by Dallas, but in reality it should have been all three.Lineups (from Soccernet.com) FC Dallas: 30 Ray Burse, 4 Chris Gbandi, 11 Clarence Goodson, 14 Drew Moor, 15 Adrian Serioux,12 Arturo Alvarez, 6 Pablo Ricchetti, 5 Marcelo Saragosa, 8 Juan Carlos Toja, 34 Ricardinoh R. 20 Carlos Ruiz. Bench: 1 Shaka Hislop, 17 Aaron Pitchkolan, 19 Bobby Rhine, 16 David Wagefuhr, 13 Dan McCarthy, 25 Domenic Oduro, 7 Abe Thompson.Guadalajara: 1 Luis Ernesto Michel, 29 Mario de Luna, 20 Edgar Mejia, 26 Antonio Ocampo, 4 Hector Reyonso, 27 Omar Arellano, 13 Sergio Avila, 18 Javiee Baez, 28 Juilio Cesar Naba, 23 Antonio Salazar, 21 Sergio Alejandro Piedra Santana. Bench: 17 Alfredo Talavera, 38 Jorge Candenas, 8 Jose Antonio Olvera, 14 Jose Antonio Patlan, 50 Pablo Cesar Chavez, 70 Edgar Solis, 42 Jesus Padilla.First Half: Note: Due to issues from MLS/Superliga’s websites, unable to pick up any of the action from the first half in real time. The MLS Website promised the game and well they got us the game…just it only took them half an hour to do so. I wonder what would have happened had the first game been the Galaxy game? From the little bit of action I could make out from not so legal means (sorry MLS had you got everything up in time I wouldn’t have had to do so) Chivas could live to regret the three clear cut chances they had. Dallas really looked out of sync and took a while to get into the flow of play. Their passes were bad, without any proper weight; and that took them away from building any attack. Goodson played out of his shoes for Dallas at the back in the first half, and it will take a more concerted effort by the entire back four if they are to keep a goal out of the net.Second Half: Ricchetti needs to be careful with his choice of challenges already on a yellow card. Dallas doing a much better job to start the second half building up their play, but Chivas is holding firm at the back. Ricardinoh with a good run, however his cross fails him…then again, there was only one man back for service. So close from Chivas. Santana’s cross in just missed Salazar with Moor clearing for a corner. On the corner, Burse does well to get a hand to the ball. Gbandi with not one but two bad crosses towards the box in succession. Baez left out to dray with a cross in the fifty-sixth with no one at the near post and a man trailing at the back. AND WHAT A GOAL BY ARTURO ALVAREZ. THE PASS FROM RUIZ TO TOJA WAS SIMPLY DEVINE AND WITH TWO MEN RUNNING FORWARD, THE CENTRAL DEFENSE FAILED TO PICK UP EITHER MAN. THE PASS TO ALVAREZ WAS SIMPLY PERFECT AND MICHEL GOT CAUGHT TRYING TO COME FORWARD AS THE CHIP GOES RIGHT OVER HIS HEAD. DALLAS 1 CHIVAS 0.Immediately Chivas with pressure. Burse went out to collect and Naba’s chip nearly goes in save Goodson’s head. Off the corner, Burse again with a good reflex save. At the other end, Ricardinoh earns the free kick which Michel easily clears. Great challenge by Toja deep in the corner and works well to earn the free kick. Serioux does well to clear from Arellano. AND CHIVAS COMES RIGHT BACK WITH A GOAL AND BOY WILL THIS CAUSE CONTROVERSEY. THE BALL WAS PLAYED DOWN BY OLVERA WHO THEN SLOTS IT HOME NEAR POST. THE REPLAYS CLEARLY SHOW THE BALL BEING PLAYED BY THE HAND FOR AN ADVANTAGE. BURSE HAD NO CHANCE AS THAT SHOT WAS WITH PACE. DALLAS 1 CHIVAS 1.OH DEAR NOT WHAT WE NEEDED TO SEE. DREW MOOR TOOK WHAT LOOKED TO BE AN ELBOW TO THE FACE AND UPON GETTING UP, THE FISTS MADE AN ATTEMPT TO FLY. ONCE THE MELEE SUBSIDED, DREW MOOR WAS SENT OFF. QUITE FRANKLY BOTH MOOR AND SALAZAR SHOULD HAVE SEEN RED CARDS. Great run by Naba to stay onside and good run by Burse to collect. Alvarez does well to earn corner kick, and off the corner kick, Ruiz does well to stay onside, but he must have been the only one in the park who thought he was off. The challenge by Michel was a bit rash, but he barely got ball first. Toja does well to earn a corner that Alvarez does well to recollect and Rhine doing better to earn a second corner in succession. However the attacking spell ends quickly as the Rhine couldn’t find Alvarez from Michel’s parry out. Great chance for Chivas late into stoppage time, but Olvera’s free kick was weakly sent out of play.Final Thoughts: Dallas even a man down, had a few good chances to outright win the game, but they will feel robbed as Chivas’s goal looked to be as blatant a handball you will see. The red card to Moor was correct, but when he was elbowed inside the penalty area and no card or penalty given, it’s a severe miscarriage of justice. If Dallas wants to make a serious run at winning this competition, their defensive unit will have to quit all the scrambling play and make a more concerted effort to stay as a unit. All things considered for Dallas, a well earned point.