Colorado Beats Dallas 2-1 to Claim MLS Cup

COMMERCE CITY, CO - SEPTEMBER 18: Conor Casey  (R) of the Colorado Rapids is celebrates his goal with Omar Cummings  (L) in the 35th minute against the New England Revolution to give the Rapids a 2-0 lead at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on September 18, 2010 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

You’ll have to excuse me for not putting up a full analysis tonight. Ben and I both live and work quite close to FC Dallas’ home base in Frisco, TX. We’re awfully sore losers.

A few quick thoughts:

1st Half

  • The formations were what we (and everyone else) predicted, 4-4-2 for Colorado and 4-1-4-1 for Dallas.
  • Colorado pinched in wingers Mullan and Smith to combat Ferreira in the middle. However, this gave room for Dallas on the wings, which Marvin Chavez made use of to set up Ferreira for the first goal (35).
  • Dallas’ left flank (Shea and Benitez) was vulnerable. Colorado right back Kimura got the better of both of them.
  • Colorado was helped out by the easygoing refereeing. Their physical style took its toll on Dallas.
  • Player of the half: Marvin Chavez – he was Dallas’ best threat.

2nd half

  • Mullan and Smith played wider defensively. On the Colorado goal-scoring sequence (57), Smith intercepted a path intended for winger Brek Shea.
  • Conor Casey’s equalizing strike was made possible by Smith. Not only did he intercept a pass, he blew past substitute right back Zack Loyd, who wasn’t much better than the man he replaced – Jackson.
  • The introduction of Jeff Cunningham brought new life to the Dallas attack. Shea, contrary to our prediction, was quiet. The Hoops were much better after he went off.
  • Player of the half: Casey – the big man was everywhere.

Extra Time

  • Both teams were exhausted. In some ways, it may have hurt Dallas more, as Ferreira lacked the energy to drop into his own half to receive possession.
  • The winning goal (own goal – George John, 107) was terribly lucky, or unlucky, depending on your point of view. But center back Ihemulu sent a clearance straight at Colorado, which started the sequence that ended with Kandji’s shot deflecting off John.
  • Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens was huge in the second period of extra time. His 121st minute stop of John’s attempted redemption was the play of the game.
  • Best players: Pickens and Dax McCarty – McCarty was Dallas’ most consistent player over the full 120.

That’s all the energy I can muster to write about the game today. Ben and I will have a podcast up by tomorrow evening with a full match breakdown, plus more coverage of Team USA’s 1-0 victory over South Africa last week.

We’ll have to talk about something that won’t make us depressed.

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  1. AG says:

    I have never seen a team that deserved to win more than FC Dallas. Even as I say that, I realize that is very often the case in soccer. FC Dallas scored the only well deserved goal of the night, and almost had a couple more. I have never seen such a game be lost to two UGLY UGLY goals. Colorado didnt deserve the win, at all. Colorado is the Championship Team, but FC Dallas is the best team in the MLS.

    Oh yea, I hate Connor Casey.

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