New park a joy, result disappointing
FRISCO, Texas - The only thing missing from the debut of Pizza Hut Park was the result, as FC Dallas were disappointed to settle for a 2-2 tie with the MetroStars after taking a two-goal lead in the first half.
Ronnie O'Brien was a man possessed from the outset of the match as he set up both goals for Carlos Ruiz in the first half.
"It's the same as every other game we've played in the last month and a half," said O'Brien. "It's a disgrace; we can't keep scoring goals and giving up goals.
"We're never going to win a championship that way. If we don't pick it up we're going to be crawling into the playoffs which we didn't want to do."
The lethal combination of Youri Djorkaeff and Amado Guevara were given ample space in the second half, which led to the Hoops giving up two goals in six minutes.
"I don't think we stepped up and got close enough to them all around our box tonight, particularly early on in the second half," said FCD boss Colin Clarke. "And it cost us."
The second goal from the Metros was a thing of brilliance as Djorkaeff sent a stunning chip inside the far post from outside the area to beat surprised FCD 'keeper Jeff Cassar - who made his first start of the season.
"That's the only place he could have put it," said Cassar. "He's a world class player, played for the French national team. I don't think I was out of position at all. I just think he beat me with a well-placed shot."
Once Djorkaeff and Amado Guevara got going the FCD defense began to struggle.
"They're a very good team," said left back David Wagenfuhr. "[Djorkaeff is] definitely the one that makes them tick, along with Guevara. He's a great player and you can see that. He just has that bit of magic every once in a while - he surprised us all."
The organization in the back was there in the first half with Greg Vanney in the FCD lineup for the first time in a month, but the second half was a different story.
"We have to do a better job," said Vanney. "Guys were breaking through midfield and play as fast as they wanted to play.
"In the back we were chasing guys in behind, we weren't a good group, a good line tonight. When we get up 2-0 at home, it's a game you have to win."
Although he was unhappy with his team's result, Clarke was able to appreciate the significance of the day.
"It was a magnificent occasion," said Clarke. "I feel privileged to have coached in this game, it's magnificent."
Scott Joiner is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.