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Final
Colorado Rapids
MLS Regular Season
April 8, 2011
9:00pm EDT
Pizza Hut Park
MLS LIVE

FC Dallas welcome Rapids to town in MLS Cup rematch

It’s a rematch of MLS Cup 2010 as FC Dallas play host to the Colorado Rapids on FOX Soccer Friday at Pizza Hut Park. The teams have opened this season with opposite fortunes. FC Dallas are still looking for their first victory of the campaign, after a 2-0 loss at Columbus last weekend. The Rapids are the only club perfect through three games, following their 4-1 home win vs. D.C. United last Sunday.

REFEREE: Paul Ward. SAR (bench): Joe Fletcher; JAR (opposite): Anthony Vasoli; 4th: Armando Villarreal

MLS Career: 27 games; FC/gm: 23.5; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 8; pens: 6

INJURY REPORT: FC DALLAS – OUT: DF Kyle Davies (L ankle surgery recovery); DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); QUESTIONABLE: DF Jair Benitez (L hamstring strain) …

COLORADO RAPIDS – OUT: FW Macoumba Kandji (L knee ACL tear); FW Conor Casey (L hamstring strain); PROBABLE: GK Matt Pickens (R groin strain); DF Kosuke Kimura (L hand strain)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: DAL: Moises Hernandez (U.S. U-20s)

SUSPENDED: DAL: Jackson Goncalves (through April 10)

HEAD-TO-HEAD

ALL-TIME (51 meetings): FC Dallas 24 wins (2 shootout), 84 goals … Rapids 17 wins (1 shootout), 63 goals … Ties 10

AT DALLAS (20 meetings): FC Dallas 17 wins (2 shootout), 49 goals … Rapids 5 wins (1 shootout), 26 goals … Ties 4

RETURN MATCH: 10/1 Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas, 7 p.m. MT

LAST YEAR (MLS):

7/31: COL 1, DAL 1 (Ballouchy 26 – own goal 22)

10/9: DAL 2, COL 2 (Rodriguez 27; Ferreira 37 – Larentowicz 13, 51)

  • The game is a rematch of MLS Cup 2010, won 2-1 by the Rapids in extra time at Toronto’s BMO Field. The teams played to draws in both league meetings last season.
  • FC Dallas last won at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in 2007; the Rapids last came away with a victory from Pizza Hut Park in 2008.
  • Coaches record: Robert Warzycha vs. DAL: P6 W2 L2 D2 … Schellas Hyndman v CLB: P6 W1 L3 D2

FC DALLAS

FC Dallas lost for the second consecutive weekend, going down to a 2-0 defeat to the Columbus Crew in their first road game, last Friday evening. FCD has 1 point from 3 games on the season, sitting in a three-way tie at the foot of the Western Conference.

LAST MATCH

  • The game turned for the visitors shortly after the opening half-hour, when Jackson was sent off in the 33rd minute for a pair of cautions a minute apart.
  • [inline_node:333007]The Crew then took the lead in the 54th minute. Following a nice buildup, Emmanuel Ekpo was sprung on the right flank and found Andres Mendoza in the area. He then put the ball under the left arm of diving goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
  • Columbus finished off the match in the first minute of added time when Eddie Gaven coolly cut back onto his left foot and stroked home a shot from just outside the area.
  • FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman made two changes to the team that fell 2-0 to the San Jose Earthquakes. Ugo Ihemelu and Brek Shea came into the midfield while Fabian Castillo and Ruben Luna made their first starts, with Zach Loyd, Ricardo Villar, Eric Alexander and Milton Rodriguez all dropped.
  • FC DALLAS (4-2-3-1): Kevin Hartman – Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Brek Shea, Jair Benitez - Daniel Hernandez, Jackson Goncalves (sent off 33) – Marvin Chavez (Zach Loyd 78), David Ferreira, Fabian Castillo (Milton Rodriguez 78) – Ruben Luna.

TEAM NEWS

  • FC Dallas has just 1 point from 3 matches. But they got off to a slow start a year – opening 1-4-0, and winning just twice in the first 19 games – before reeling off a 19-game league unbeaten streak.
  • FCD has seen two players sent off in the first three games, playing a man down for the final 57 minutes Friday after Jackson was booked twice in two minutes.
  • “We need to finish the game with 11 people on the field,” Hyndman said to the Dallas Morning News. “That would certainly be beneficial to our cause. It’s very, very difficult to get a bead on the team’s performance level when you play shorthanded so often.”
  • There will be another shakeup on the backline with Jackson suspended for the Colorado match. Brek Shea was sent off in the opening game of the season.
  • “The word I use is emotional intelligence,” Hyndman said. “Jackson had two yellow cards within a minute. That’s not the way you want it to be. He really made it difficult on the rest of the team. I was happy with the way the game was going up to that time.”
  • Colombian youth international Fabian Castillo made his first MLS start, along with homegrown product Ruben Luna. They joined a starting lineup that also included a 21-year-old Shea and 22-year-old Jackson.
  • [inline_node:333188]“You want to get young guys out there. You want to give them opportunities,” said Hyndman. “Castillo had some very good moments and I thought Ruben played well, especially in the second half. It’s not those two guys that are hurting the team. I think the more established players can help a little bit more by calming things down, but for FC Dallas, it was a very disappointing night and you didn’t see a lot of very good soccer.”
  • FC Dallas has now been shut out in back-to-back games and gone 252 minutes since scoring their lone goal of the season.
  • 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira is “a marked man,” Hyndman said. “It’s just not one player after him. The whole team is trying to shut him down. He or a player on the ball has to be protected.”
  • FC Dallas has acquired the rights to striker Maykel Galindo from Chivas USA for a 2012 first-round supplemental draft choice.

COLORADO RAPIDS

  • The Colorado Rapids remain the only team with a perfect record after three games following a 4-1 win against D.C. United last Sunday evening at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids have 9 points from 3 games and lead the Western Conference by two points ahead of the LA Galaxy.

LAST MATCH

  • Caleb Folan put the Rapids into the lead in the 38th minute when he latched onto a perfectly weighted ball from Jeff Larentowicz and feinted past the D.C. defense before connecting well with a left foot drive past Pat Onstad.
  • United evened terms in the 70th minute through a Santino Quaranta first-time volley at the far post from a cross by rookie Chris Korb.
  • [inline_node:332815]But barely a minute later, Rapids midfielder Jamie Smith popped up in the box to head home an Anthony Wallace long-range cross to push the Rapids back in front.
  • Folan then completed his double when he outjumped the D.C. defense to expertly head a Sanna Nyassi cross into the right hand corner of the net in the 81st minute.
  • Omar Cummings, who was rested for the start of the game and did not come on until an early second-half injury to Conor Casey, finished off a header in injury time off an assist from midfielder Pablo Mastroeni.
  • Rapids head coach Gary Smith made one change to the team that defeated Chivas USA 1-0 at The Home Depot Center. Conor Casey came back into the lineup for Quincy Amarikwa.
  • COLORADO RAPIDS (4-4-2): Matt Pickens – Kosuke Kimura, Marvell Wynne, Drew Moor, Anthony Wallace - Brian Mullan (Sanna Nyassi 72), Pablo Mastroeni, Jeff Larentowicz, Jamie Smith - Conor Casey (Omar Cummings 52), Caleb Folan (Quincy Amarikwa 87).

TEAM NEWS

  • Newcomer Caleb Folan, acquired from Hull City in England just before the start of the season, overcame an ankle injury that kept him out of full training during the week to score his first two MLS goals.
  • "I'm not sure (Folan) could have wished for a better home debut," Gary Smith said. "I'm not sure I could have. I think he's just started to show what he is capable of. He's a big, strong, athletic lad, and we've seen that he can score goals as well."
  • Although Conor Casey was still slowed by a calf injury that put him on the substitutes’ bench the week before at Chivas USA, he started ahead of Omar Cummings, who was coming off international duty.
  • [inline_node:333189]However, Casey was forced off early in the second half with Cummings coming on in his place – and Cummings scored his first goal of the season. Casey suffered a hamstring injury that will put him out of action for 2-4 weeks.
  • The strike pair of Casey and Cummings that has led the Rapids for the past three seasons has played together for just an hour this season, in the season opener. With Casey hurt and Cummings away with Jamaica for the Chivas game, Smith ran out a makeshift partnership of Caleb Folan and Quincy Amarikwa
  • “Having just the two forwards is not enough,” Gary Smith said. “We need more competition.”
  • The Rapids are the only team remaining with 9 points from 3 matches. Real Salt Lake, who had last weekend off, is the only other club left with a perfect record (2-0-0).