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FC Dallas home stand ends with precious little to show

Chivas USA v FC Dallas

FRISCO, TX - JUNE 23: Brek Shea #20 of the FC Dallas reacts after missing a shot on goal during the first half of a soccer game against Chivas USA at FC Dallas Stadium on June 23, 2012 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

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FC Dallas had a glistening opportunity to re-insert itself into the Western Conference playoff race: three consecutive matches at home, including two against some of the lesser fruit of MLS.

Here’s how it worked out:

  • Chivas USA, 0-0 draw
  • Toronto FC, 1-1 draw
  • San Jose, 0-0 draw

Yes, one goal and three points. So FC Dallas remains in last place in the West, drifting ever further from one of those post-season berths.

The offense simply isn’t good enough around FC Dallas Stadium right now. Blas Perez’s injury certainly took some sting from the attack, but FC Dallas’ inability to create some depth at the position is to blame, too.

Related, the Brek Shea at striker experiment at striker really should be over. FC Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman thought he had no other choice but to ask the winger to play in his team’s most advanced position, so it was probably worth a shot. But Shea simply doesn’t look comfortable there; he just doesn’t have the experience to put himself in more dangerous spots.

Shea had 11 goals and 4 assists in last year’s breakthrough campaign. He has three goals and no assists in half the season this year (injuries and Olympic qualifier duty have limited him to 12 games).

After playing just over 30 minutes on Wednesday, David Ferreira went all 90 minutes Saturday, so that’s something the Texas club can feel good about, at least.