FRISCO, Texas – When the offense is scoring goals, the defense is subpar. When the defense is on it’s game, the offense can’t put the ball in the net. Such is life for FC Dallas these days.
While they limited Chivas USA to just two shots in their first shutout in 11 games, Dallas couldn’t find a goal in a disappointing 0-0 draw with Chivas USA. Brek Shea showed signs of returning to his old swashbuckling self and Jackson had his moments, but Chivas ‘keeper Dan Kennedy was always there to snuff out the danger.
HIGHLIGHTS: DAL 0, CHV 0
“We just haven’t put the whole thing together for 90 minutes,” midfielder Andrew Jacobson said after the draw. “We have stretches where we put a lot of pressure on them, but can’t seem to find that goal.”
Despite outshooting Chivas USA 13-2 and holding nearly 58 percent of the possession, Dallas were unable to create many clear chances to test Kennedy.
Shea, back in the starting lineup after four games out, led all players with six shots on goal, giving the Chivas backline problems all evening, but the goal never came.
“It was a real pleasant surprise how well [Shea] played, with his first touches, his crosses and his work to get open,” said head coach Schellas Hyndman.
With 10 days to regroup before FC Dallas get their next chance to end a franchise record 11-game winless streak, the message from Hyndman after the game was to focus on the positives – mainly, the shutout – and hope the returns of playmaker David Ferreira and target man Blas Pérez solves the goal-scoring issues.
“We’re getting guys healthy, guys are going to be coming back,” Jacobson said. “There’s nothing you can do except keep going and build off the positives, which is we got a shutout.”