FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes 03-27-2011 - Preview


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MLS Regular Season
March 26, 2011
9:00pm EDT
Pizza Hut Park

Playoff teams collide as Quakes rumble against FCD

FC Dallas remain at home looking for a first victory on the season, when they play host to the San Jose Earthquakes at Pizza Hut Park. FCD are coming off a First Kick draw with the Chicago Fire. The Earthquakes are looking for their first points of the season after opening the campaign with a 1-0 home loss to Real Salt Lake.

REFEREE: Ricardo Salazar. SAR (bench): Peter Manikowski; JAR (opposite): Mike Kampmeinert; 4th: Armando Villarreal

MLS Career: 124 games; FC/gm: 27.0; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 39; pens: 48

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: DAL: Moises Hernandez (U.S. U-20s) ... SJ: Khari Stephenson (Jamaica)

SUSPENDED: DAL: Brek Shea (through March 27)


ALL-TIME (42 meetings): Earthquakes 19 wins (4 shootout), 67 goals … FC Dallas 15 wins (3 shootout), 47 goals … Ties 8

AT DALLAS (21 meetings): FC Dallas 9 wins (1 shootout), 29 goals … Earthquakes 8 wins (0 shootout), 31 goals … Ties 4

RETURN MATCH: 10/22: San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m. PT


6/5: DAL 2, SJ 0 (Shea 58, 60)

9/11: SJ 0, DAL 0

  • The Earthquakes have not defeated Dallas since returning to the league for the 2008 season, FCD winning twice (including a 2-0 win last June 5 at Pizza Hut Park) with four draws.[inline_node:331690]
  • San Jose’s last win came in their only victory at Pizza Hut Park, a 2-0 victory, Sept. 3, 2005.
  • The Quakes last defeated Dallas at home on Aug. 21, 2004, a 3-0 win at Spartan Stadium.
  • Coaches record: Schellas Hyndman v SJ: P5 W2 L0 D3 … Frank Yallop vs. DAL: P22 W11 L7 D4


FC Dallas opened their 2011 season with a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire on Saturday evening at Pizza Hut Park.


  • The visitors took the lead after 17 minutes. A partially cleared freekick fell to Cory Gibbs, but his shot was parried by FCD goalkeeper Kevin Hartman. But Diego Cháves was there to sweep home the rebound.
  • FC Dallas pulled even barely a minute later. Zach Loyd carved out some space on the left and put in a rolling cross that Milton Rodríguez skipped home with a nifty backheel flick.
  • FCD finished the game a man down after center back Brek Shea was sent off after pulling down Fire striker Gaston Puerari when he looked to be clean through.
  • FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman has to replace the suspended Jair Benitez, with Zach Loyd starting at left back, while Brek Shea was given his first start in central defense.
  • FC DALLAS (4-1-4-1): Kevin Hartman - Jackson Goncalves, Brek Shea (sent off 55), George John, Zach Loyd – Daniel Hernandez – Marvin Chavez, Eric Alexander (Andrew Jacobson 72), David Ferreira, Eric Avila (Ugo Ihemelu 62) - Milton Rodriguez (Ruben Luna 65).


  • A year ago, FC Dallas opened the season with a pair of draws and just two wins in the first 10 games, but still overcame that to reach MLS Cup 2010. That followed a 2009 start that saw the club win just once in the opening 10 games.
  • “Like all first games of the year, it’s a starting point,” Hyndman said. “I thought we started off well. They were in a three-back system and we exploited that really well.”

Brek Shea, an attacking wide midfielder throughout his MLS career, made the start at center back for FC Dallas. But it came to an end after just 55 minutes, Shea receiving the first red card of the season after pulling down Chicago’s Gaston Puerari.

  • “We were playing a man down for 30 minutes. I thought we still dominated the game,” said Daniel Hernandez. “I don’t think it was our best game. The only positive thing is I know we can do a lot better. The way we played, we should have pulled out the three points, even a man down. For the most part, the big thing for us was seeing all the fans in the stands.”
  • [inline_node:331692]With Jair Benitez suspended for the season opener for an incident in a preseason game, Zach Loyd was given the start at left back and contributed the assist on the FCD goal.
  • “I thought he did a good job, played strong defense and tried to get forward and create opportunities for us,” Hyndman said.
  • Reigning MLS MVP David Ferreira had a quiet game in the season opener, after a season where he scored 8 goals and added 13 assists.
  • “I think that was one of the reasons they were in a 3-5-2 [formation] early. I thought [Ferreira] got hit a lot tonight,” Hyndman said. “I don’t know if David had his best game.”
  • On Wednesday, FC Dallas lost 2-1 to Tigres UANL in the first leg of the Rio Grande Plate friendly series. Andrew Wiedemann scored FCD’s lone goal in the 53rd minute.
  • Here’s the FCD team: Chris Seitz (Josh Lambo 46), Jair Benitez, Brek Shea (George John 88), Ugo Ihemelu (trialist 46), Zach Loyd, Daniel Hernandez (Bruno Guarda 46), Eric Avila (Bobby Warshaw 46), Ricardo Villar, Andrew Jacobson, Eric Alexander (Andrew Wiedeman 46), Ruben Luna (Peri Marosevic 72).


The San Jose Earthquakes went down to a home defeat to kick off the 2011 MLS season, falling 1-0 to Real Salt Lake on Saturday evening at Buck Shaw Stadium.


  • In a driving rain and heavy wind, Kyle Beckerman scored the game’s lone goal in the 63rd minute, lashing home a drive from outside the box that hit the inside of Jon Busch’s right-hand post.
  • Earthquakes boss Frank Yallop ran out a familiar lineup for the season opener, with all 11 starters having played key roles for the club a season ago.
  • SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (4-4-2): Jon Busch - Chris Leitch, Brandon McDonald, Jason Hernandez, Ramiro Corrales (Simon Dawkins 66) - Joey Gjertsen (Ellis McLoughlin 71), Khari Stephenson (Anthony Ampaipitakwong 81), Sam Cronin, Bobby Convey - Ryan Johnson, Chris Wondolowski.


  • After experimenting with a 4-3-3 scheme for much of the preseason, Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop started his team in his tried-and-true 4-4-2.
  • "I feel really, really upset for the guys not to get something out of that game," Yallop said. "I thought we played great tonight."
  • [inline_node:331476]Chris Wondolowski, whose stunning late season drive won him the MLS Golden Boot with 18 goals (scoring 12 over the last 12 regular season games), wasn’t able to open his 2011 account.
  • “I take the blame for this loss,” Wondolowski said. “I had three perfect balls just sitting there and I missed them all. It’s frustrating. … It’s going to haunt me for a while. It was just one of those games where it didn’t go your way.”
  • Simon Dawkins, signed on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, came on in the 66th minute for his MLS debut.
  • "Yeah, considering he's never kicked the ball in this country right until he stepped on the field," Yallop said of Dawkins. "He didn't touch it for a while, but once he did, he was what we know he is. He's a good player, and he's going to help us."
  • Dawkins moved into a spot behind the front two, but Yallop indicated he could play a little higher for the Quakes.
  • "The big thing for us to get into Simon is being more dangerous around the goal," Yallop said to Goal.com. "We've only seen a little bit of him, but I think that if he becomes a little bit more selfish he could be good around a goal and be a goalscorer too."