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FC Dallas are finally down for the count...and have no idea how it happened.
A desperate club. A desperate club at home. A desperate club on the verge of being mathematically eliminated from postseason play.
That was you, FC Dallas.
This is how you responded: A 3-0 deficit entering the 63rd minute.
Thanks to a Herculean effort from striker Kenny Cooper, Dallas scraped and clawed its way back into the match. Just 12 minutes after finding his club's first tally of the night, Cooper struck another.
But it wasn't enough.
The final whistle blew. FC Dallas fell 3-2 to the Chicago Fire. They have officially been eliminated from playoff contention. A club that once opened the season at 8-2-3 and sat atop the Supporters' Shield will be watching from home come November.
According to Matt Barbour on MLS' official website, head coach Schellas Hyndman blames complacency for this drastic collapse:
We had such a wonderful start, one of the best starts in the history of the franchise, and then things just didn't click for us for whatever reason. We were scoring a lot of goals early, a lot of them on set pieces, and then when things started getting really difficult, we took our foot off the pedal and we got a little bit complacent.
A little bit complacent?
Sorry, coach. A 12-match winless streak that stretched from June 1 to August 18 isn't a "little bit" of complacency. It's a "little bit" more than that. The club's current five-match winless streak didn't do it any favors, either.
Two 90-minute sessions remain. The Hoops are in danger of finishing the season with just three wins in their final 23 matches.
Congratulations, D.C. United, Toronto FC and Chivas USA.
You finally have company worthy of your stature.
Watch this goal.
New rule: That's how you open your season account from now on. Take a bow, Jalil Anibaba. But one with great panache worthy of your strike.
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