Rapids cruise past nine-man FC Dallas

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When FC Dallas started Sunday's match against the Colorado Rapids, they were already facing the prospect of trying to win without Brek Shea, sidelined by turf toe. Two red cards later, Dallas' task went from difficult to impossible.

First-half red cards to Daniel Hernandez and Blas Perez gave the visiting Rapids a two-man edge. They eventually took advantage in the second half, with Brian Mullan setting up goals by Jaime Castrillon and Martin Rivero to give the Rapids a 2-0 victory in Frisco, Texas.

Referee Mark Geiger sent off Hernandez first when he issued the Dallas player-coach a second yellow card for a foul on Rivero, and just two minutes later issued red to Perez for a challenge on Rapids defender Drew Moor.

FC Dallas tried to hold off the Rapids, but Mullan helped Colorado break through with a perfect cross that Castrillon headed home in the 61st minute. Mullan added a second assist in the 74th when he found Rivero to make it 2-0.

What did you think of the match? Agree with the two red cards FC Dallas received? Worried about Brek Shea's status for the national team? Think the Rapids are ready to make a move up the West standings?

Share your thoughts below.

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30 Responses to Rapids cruise past nine-man FC Dallas

  1. JoeInPA says:

    Horrible reffering by Geiger. Clearly no red was deserved for Perez. And while Hernandez deserved the second yellow, the first was for dissent when DH pointed out Geiger missed a clear yellow card foul against a FC dallas player.

    Geiger is a disgrace

  2. JRP says:

    Winning a game with a two man advantage is no reason to climb the rankings. Colorado is a good team. But even Galaxy could pull off this kind of a win.

  3. Nick says:

    +1. Perez red was absurd…I am not a supporter of either squad, was disappointed ref ruined game.

  4. 2tone says:

    Turf toe can take awhile to get over. Shea may miss out on this USMNT camp. My vote goes to Pontius to be on the squad.

  5. A wise man once says:

    I don’t know about that…

  6. gstommylee says:

    High boot with studs up is dangerous and is a red card. It was a legit red.

  7. bcoug says:

    Not knowing what was said, I have no idea if the first yellow was deserved. That being said, once he was playing on one yellow Hernandez needed to show MUCH better judgement – that second yellow was totally warranted. Hernandez needed to understand the situation he as in (whether it was fair or not) and adjust accordingly.

  8. gstommylee says:

    Perez is an idiot for leading in a challenge with studs up high boot. That was completely unnecessary had he kept his foot down he would have never been sent off.

  9. gstommylee says:

    How long has Shea been out with Turf Toe?

  10. downintexas says:

    JoelinPA, FCD ran over Geiger’s dog once.

    Well, replace repeatedly with once, and son with dog.

  11. Ivar Clam man says:

    anyone wanna make a bet that Dallas will beat the Sounders ?

    link to youtu.be

  12. Chris Heck says:

    And with this loss, the New York Red Bulls are the only team in MLS undefeated at home.

  13. CDavis says:

    I spoke with Drew after the game and even he said it shouldn’t have been a red card.

  14. CDavis says:

    It must of been pretty bad whatever he said, because Brian Mullen was throwing plenty of F-bombs at Geiger and the bench side AR and he did not get a yellow. He was loud enough those of us 12 rows up in the stands could clearly hear him.

  15. CDavis says:

    Going to be tough for Dallas without Hernandez and Perez. Shea probably won’t be back on Weds either.
    Maybe Sealy will get a shot at forward and look better, he hasn’t shown much at outside mid.

  16. RB says:

    Winning any game is reason enough to move up in the standings (the word used in the report).

  17. JRP says:

    Nope. But I will bet that RSL will beat Seattle on Sat.

  18. Tom p says:

    Well deserved reds by both idiot players. Nuff said. I am positive they will be seeing more judgement later this week. Hoping MLS will start flushing these no skilled thugs out soon. No smarts at all.

  19. lassidawg says:

    Possibly, but Seattle still hasn’t played its best game and they only have one loss, and that was on a crap PK call.

  20. brian says:

    Perez is hardly a no skilled thug

  21. Dos says:

    I find Hernandez to be completely hilarious . . . this is the second time already this season he’s gotten tossed after two cards? That is a joke . . . he is completely to blame for both cards, especially making a typically brash challenge while already sitting on a card! It made me laugh – the ref you rec’v a yellow for berating is not giving you the benefit of the doubt going forward

  22. Polo says:

    MLS has really poor officiating.

    This was not one of those cases. Both red cards were well deserved. The second yellow for DH could have been a red card by itself. These guys just don’t learn. You can’t make tackles like that and expect to stay on the pitch.

  23. 2tone says:

    Little less than a week. Turf Toe can take up to a month to get over in some cases. I don’t know if Shea has a severe case or not though.

  24. Jason says:

    Hernandez deserved his red as the second yellow foul was orange color on its own on top of what he said to get his first yellow.

    Perez should have gotten yellow. The foul could have gone either way on card color and the game didn’t need a second red there. The foul looked worse than it was from the referee’s POV though.

  25. Steve says:

    Got the red right, no question. Cleats up, right into opposing player, never even tries to pull down when he realizes he won’t get ball (which he never really had a shot at), that was a definition red card. Just the fact that the announcer called it immediately, before the ref gets there, before he sees a replay tells me it was the right call-those guys watch a lot more football than most of us.

  26. Rory says:

    I think it depends… do you give a red for doing something recklace with no contact, or do you have to make contact?

  27. Dos says:

    Kamani Hill has looked very good for someone who seemed to be pretty unheralded during his time abroad, and through the process of coming back

  28. CrazyJon85 says:

    I agree with jason, hernandez definitely deserved his 2 yellow sendoff. As for perez, i also agree that the foul could have gone either way. to be honest i thought it was a red. Great goal by Rivero tho

  29. Air Jordanz says:

    Turf Toe is a horrible misnomer because it seems like a silly injury.

    In reality, it is extremely painful to run with, let alone walk.

    Source: personal experience

  30. Air Jordanz says:

    Don’t forget Houston, who has yet to play at home.