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Game 22: Crew 2 – FC Dallas 1

September 1, 2008

The Crew wrapped up their tour of the west Saturday in Dallas. They left with another come from behind win. They now have three straight wins, are in first by two points, and Schelotto is raising his game and the team with him. Not a bad month of work.

Much like two weeks ago, Dallas had several chances early. Several shots rang off the post as FCD looked to go up early. The Crew had a couple set peices early, but they would fall short. Again, much like two weeks ago, Dallas would take the lead. Jeff Cunningham received a pass and easily rounded Chad Marshall and shot past William Hesmer.

Before my pessimism could set in, the Crew pressed to equalize. Within three minutes, Schelotto’s corner found Chad Marshall. Marshall’s flick found Alejandro Moreno. Moreno redirected the ball past Dario Sala to tie the game. The Crew pressed on as Schelotto had a moment of individual brilliance. His cutback on Drew Moor freed him to lob a cross to a wide open Eddie Gaven. Gaven’s header put the Crew up 2-1 before halftime.

The Crew would hang on throughout the second half. Dallas pressed, but the Crew defense would hold on. Andy Iro capably stepped in for Danny O’Rourke. Eddie Gaven excellent form continued. Evans, Rogers, and Carroll shored up the midfield. Moreno got back into goal scoring form. Most importantly, Schelotto continued to impose his will on the game. This is a team on a role.

I expect to see the Crew continue their strong play. Pat Noonan should be able to play a greater role, and Emmanuel Ekpo will be back in town next week. Yes, the Crew will be missing Moreno and Hejduk, but this is a team that has responded to challenges all season. They responded to a strong Dallas offense and secured the only away win of the weekend in the league. I expect they will rise to meet more challenges throughout the regular season and into the playoffs.

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