Dallas thwart Galaxy to reach MLS final
FC Dallas shocked David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy 3-0 on Sunday to reach Major League Soccer's championship match.
Colombian midfielder David Ferreira scored one goal and created another for Dallas as they won the MLS Western Conference final to reach the MLS Cup. They will take on the Colorado Rapids on 21 November in Toronto. The Rapids beat San Jose 1-0 on Saturday.
George John and Marvin Chavez also scored and goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, formerly with the Galaxy, made six saves for Dallas. Ferreira gave Dallas a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute, collecting a pass from Chavez at the top of the penalty area, making a full turn and firing inside the left post. It was the only shot on goal by Dallas in the first half while the Galaxy, urged on by their home fans, threatened often.
Before Ferreira's goal, the Galaxy had three chances to take the lead, but Hartman denied them all. In the eighth minute, Hartman dived left to deflect Mike Magee's 30-yard shot with his left hand. Hartman blocked Juninho's 15-yard blistering drive in the 21st minute, then two minutes later he leapt to tip Beckham's bouncing 50-yard free-kick away from the upper right corner.
Beckham injury concerns
Former England captain Beckham played all 90 minutes for the fourth time in five games despite suffering a groin injury. "We saw right at the beginning of the game, probably 15 minutes in, that he had a problem," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. "We talked to him at half-time. There was a chance that we were going to take him off but he stayed in."
The 35-year-old former Manchester United star was sidelined for six months after tearing his left Achilles tendon in March while playing on loan with AC Milan. The injury kept Beckham, England's most-capped outfield player, from playing in his fourth FIFA World Cup™. He played his first match of the season for the Galaxy on 11 September.
"He has been playing through a lot of pain in the last few weeks, more than you know," team-mate Landon Donovan said. "When you come back that quickly at that age from an Achilles injury, there are going to be residual effects."
Hartman kept Donovan from equalising in the 31st minute by diving to his left to deflect the unmarked Donovan's 30-yard effort with both hands. John doubled the score in the 54th minute, converting Brek Shea's cross from the left from three yards out. Honduran international Chavez made it 3-0 in the 73rd. Ferreira threaded a pass through the defence to an unmarked Chavez, who slotted the ball home.
With the victory Dallas became the last of the original MLS teams still in existence to advance to the championship match.