FC Dallas finally broke out of their brutal twelve game winless streak against the Colorado rapids. The match produced plenty of good news besides the win, the most important pertaining to David Ferreira. His elegant through ball set up the second goal, and it's clear that his vision on the field remains much the same as it was before his injury.
The team's defense, while allowing a goal, has been significantly better over the past four games and is now resembling the FC Dallas defense of last year that set a new franchise shutout streak record. With Captain Ugo Ihemelu still out with concussion symptoms
With Castillo scoring, Ferreira getting healthy and the team's defense actually defending in the second half of games, Dallas will use their new found form to take on the leagues best in tonight's midnight matchup against the San Jose earthquakes. The Toros travel to California in the hopes that struggling Colorado and Portland continue to drop points so that Dallas can continue to hold onto their playoff dreams.
The Quakes are scoring with reckless abandon and while their defense isn't anything to write home about most days, San Jose just blanked one of the best teams in the league, Real Salt Lake, 5-0, for a serious thumping. Thrashing Real Salt Lake is a major achievement, and while the Quakes seem to always find success against RSL, that does not diminish the beating the just handed out in Utah. The Toros' focus needs to be sharp and their fitness high if they hope to walk out of California with three points.
FCD will have their work cut out for them. The Quakes boast Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart and Marvin Chavez, all serious offensive threats both through the middle of the pitch and down the flanks. Fitness will be key to keep up with Chavez while size and positioning will limit the damage Wondo and Lenhart do.
The match will, for some insane reason, begin at 10pm CDT and will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.