Western Conference Final Position: 4th
Western Conference Playoffs: Semi-Final
FC Dallas had a steady season and winning almost half their games gave them the right to be in one of the playoff positions. Their performance in the playoff semi-final against Sounders showed many of the same issues they had in the regular season. They failed to create enough in the final third and ultimately were punished by the new MLS away goals rule. Given the Sounders impressive season though, they do have positives to take from two tough ties.
Losing the most games out of the top five in the Western Conference proved to be the difference between them and the ‘elite’ sides such as LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders.
A ten-game unbeaten run through the middle of the season saw the team move up the Western Conference as they picked up 24 points from a possible 30 in a remarkable run of form.
Failing to score in the second-leg of the semi-final game against Seattle. Although Dallas didn’t lose either of the two games going out on goal difference is agonising. In a game that many expected Dallas to lose, they had chances but by not ‘throwing the kitchen sink’ at Seattle they ultimately suffered. That said getting that far and still not losing either game does give them positives to take into 2015.
Player of the Year
Fabian Castillo – the 22-year-old is a real gem for Dallas and one they have to keep and build upon in the coming season. Scoring 10 in 27 is a great return and he found the net in big games, including the late winner against LA Galaxy in October. The Colombian also added four assists in a fine campaign. Expect more from him next year.
San Jose 0-5 FC Dallas (August 16 2014)
DC United 4-1 FC Dallas (April 26 2014)
What to improve for the 2015 season…
Shutting out games is a main area to improve on. If Dallas could have turned around just half of their losses into draws they’d have finished the season in an even stronger position with 60 points. Overall it was a great season for Dallas but they must push on next term to prove they can be one of the biggest sides in MLS. Winning games they would be expected to do is another area they must improve on. Losing at San Jose and Chicago were poor results. Luckily it didn’t cost them but consistency is a must.