For the second consecutive year, FC Dallas pulled ahead of Chivas de Guadalajara, but much like their opening game in last summer's SuperLiga, once again, the Hoops were unable to finish the job. On Sunday, FCD drew ahead in the 21st minute through a goal by Juan Toja, but Chivas scored twice in the final eight minutes and prevailed 2-1 at Pizza Hut Park.
"I thought that we played very well in the first half," FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said. "My intent was to have a mixture of established players with some of the younger players. The result is not what we wanted. It was two mental mistakes. We were out of position on the first one, on the PK. The second one, it was just a mistake in the back, a bad pass that led to a second goal. I thought we played well enough to win but the result was crap because we didn't win."
FCD right back Drew Moor was equally disappointed.
"We're definitely disappointed with the result," he said. "We didn't really look at it as a friendly. A lot of guys got a lot of good minutes, some guys that don't play as often as others, we got them on the field against some very good competition. Chivas played a very good game. I thought we had a very good first half and had a couple of chances there to put them away at the end, weren't able to and got punished for it."
Chivas evened the match in the 82nd minute after FCD's Michael Dello-Russo was whistled for a foul on Antonio Salazar inside the Hoops' box. Ramon Morales converted a penalty kick but the match didn't stay tied for long. In the 86th, after a bad pass by FCD midfielder Anthony Wallace, Chivas' Marco Fabian scored on a breakaway to secure the win for the visitors.
"It takes 90 minutes to win the game and it takes one second to lose a game," Hyndman said. "We had a few of those seconds today. We had two or three chances to add to the goal and it could have been 2-0, which would have deflated them a little bit. That second that we don't concentrate and put the ball in the goal leads to the defense playing harder, a little bit more pressure and mistakes. I was very pleased with the way we moved the ball and the numbers we had in the attack."
Hyndman played a total of 20 players with most of his normal starters playing at least a half. One player he was impressed with was rookie Brek Shea, who started off at midfielder when he came in to start the second half but moved forward when Eric Avila came on in the 68th minute for Abe Thompson.
"He played better when he went up front," Hyndman said of Shea. "I think it was a little bit easier for him to get the ball because of his size and individual skills. I thought he played a little bit better not having to defend as much.
"I think he's one of those versatile players that can go a lot of different places," Hyndman continued. "Maybe today, after just looking at this and why this game is more important for us, I see him more as a forward because I think he has all of those characteristics and his weakness is man-to-man defending. He might have proven himself to be a better forward."
FCD remains winless under Hyndman with an 0-1-1 mark in league matches. But the FCD coach has no illusions about how much work is ahead of him.
"I think there are a lot of points we need to work on," he said. "We need to defend a little bit better as a team. When we have our scoring chance, we need to score the goal. Those are the two most important moments in soccer. We will continue working on those areas."
One bright spot for FCD was Toja scoring his first goal since the season opener on March 31.
"I thought Toja did well," Hyndman said. "I was glad to have him on the field for a little bit more than a half. I thought he did very well scoring that goal."
The Colombian international was pleased to find the back of the net again.
"When you score, you feel fine, you feel happy and that gives you confidence," he said. "I'm happy to score. It's good for me. I feel good. I feel great. The main thing here is the team, not me. We have to start to win and start to get some points to get up in the table. We are trying to do that. I feel fine and feel good."
Steve Hunt is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.