Champions League: Toronto And FC Dallas Forced to Replay While LA Galaxy Win
It was a strange time for both FC Dallas and Toronto FC as they were getting ready to play each other as the two MLS sides are in Group C, but of course their countries they call home are different. It looked like a decent crowd at BMO Field was going to get an entertaining game.
A fantastic chip by Jackson Goncalves in the 18th minute gave FC Dallas the early lead, but around the 32nd minute the first half was officially delayed for the first time due to a horrible thunderstorm that came over the city of Toronto, with lightning striking all over the place. After a good hour or so the rain stopped and both sides were able to finish the first half.
Once they reached halftime and headed back to their respective locker rooms, the thunderstorm returned. And after a long and lengthy delay, CONCACAF officials decided to suspend the match and replay it in its entirety the next day at 10:00 on Thursday morning.
In the replay both sides were playing strong and it looked like it was going to be scoreless at the half until Martin Chavez was taken down in the Toronto area by Richard Eckersley and FC Dallas got a penalty. Daniel Hernandez took the spot but pushed it wide of the far post.
But inside the first minute of first half stoppage time, FC Dallas would get a goal. A corner at the far end for FC Dallas and it was Jack Stewart coming in from the NASL’s Minnesota Stars on loan who headed the ball past Milos Kocic.
It was a scary night on Wednesday, August 24 as the terrible lightning flashed all over the city and at BMO Field. A great picture on Fox Soccer Channel showed a giant bolt hitting the CN Tower that looked like something out of a Hollywood movie.
Moving on to the final group stage match of the MLS calendar which, of course, featured Los Angeles Galaxy hosting Costa Rican side Alajuelense. This would be Robbie Keane’s first CONCACAF Champions League appearance and he didn’t disappoint.
Neither did David Beckham as he put in another solid performance for the Galaxy. In the 38th minute it was Omar Gonzalez who got the first of the match as he ran into the ball with his head from the far side corner kick.
The final nail in the coffin came in the 77th minute when substitute Chad Barrett came in six minutes before for Adam Cristman. On an attacking run Barrett trailed the play as the cross from Sean Franklin came across the six yard box and Barrett smacked it home. Beckham started the play by bringing the ball up and finding Franklin on the far side.
So after two weeks of group stage action all MLS sides are at a combined record of eight wins, a draw and a loss (if you want to count Toronto vs FC Dallas) and two straight wins on Mexican soil. Right now these sides are taking advantage of riding the coat tail of Real Salt Lake’s performance from the last edition and it’s looking good.