HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 16: Jackson #6 of the FC Dallas is taken down by Jermaine Taylor #4 of the Houston Dynamo in the first half at BBVA Compass Stadium on June 16, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
FC Dallas cannot shake red card issues, losing a man and dropping their game to the Dynamo.
The match against FCD's Texan rivals, the Houston Dynamo, had all the hallmarks of a great matchup.
The teams were coming off a long break, Dallas finally started regaining some health, Houston was coming off an ugly loss and statistically speaking, FC Dallas had every chance of breaking their winless slump.
Sadly the game seemed to follow the formula of the season so far, with a red card to left back Jair Benitez in the second half and a goal that came partly due to the numerical disadvantage. Dallas found itself in a 2-1 hole from which they could not recover. The first goal came not three minutes into the game, with Will Bruin slotting a shot past Kevin Hartman. With the score opened up so early, Dallas dug themselves a deep ditch that they would work to get out of for the rest of the match.
The effort from Toros players was not necessarily lacking, but again the mental focus the team was supposed to have been working on seemed lacking in the second half as usual. The red card to Benitez could perhaps be a bit harsh, but his reputation precedes him and fans can not expect Jair to get any slack from MLS referees when it comes to his on field antics.
The loss saddles FCD with the dubious honor of having matched the franchise's all time winless streak at 10 games.
The next team FC Dallas faces will be the newly reenergized Chivas USA. Once Western Conference punchlines, the Goats have found new life of late via trades, including USA young stud Juan Agudelo, and solid results backed by a stingy defense. FCD fans meanwhile will be left wondering if the season is already over.
One more loss and it certainly will be.