Preview: Red-hot FCD eager to roll on against Revolution
FC Dallas return home with their unbeaten streak intact, when they play host to the New England Revolution on Saturday evening at Pizza Hut Park. FCD came off a two-game road swing with a win and a draw, reaching a 2-2 result with Texas rivals Houston Dynamo last weekend. The Revolution are coming off a 1-0 home defeat by the LA Galaxy last weekend.
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REFEREE: Mark Kadlecik. SAR (bench): Sean Hurd; JAR (opposite): Colin Arblaster; 4th: Edvin Jurisevic MLS Career: 4 games; FC/gm: 23.8; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 2; pens: 1
INJURY REPORT: FC DALLAS – OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira (R ankle); QUESTIONABLE: DF George John (groin strain); FW Maykel Galindo (L plantar fascia strain); MF Bryan Leyva (R ankle) …
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION – OUT: DF Ryan Cochrane (concussion); MF Benny Feilhaber (R ankle sprain); MF Marko Perovic (L knee sprain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Ousmane Dabo (R adductor strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: George John, Andrew Jacobson … NE: Shalrie Joseph; Stephen McCarthy
ALL-TIME (35 meetings): FC Dallas 10 wins (1 shootout), 45 goals…Revolution 22 wins (1 shootout), 63 goals…Ties 3
AT DALLAS (18 meetings): FC Dallas 5 wins (0 shootout), 21 goals … Revolution 11 wins (0 shootout), 28 goals … Ties 2
RETURN MATCH: 9/10: New England Revolution vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m. ET
LAST YEAR (MLS):
5/1: NE 1, DAL 1 (Harris 66 – Schilawski 41)
9/22: DAL 2, NE 2 (Ferreira 80; Cunningham 90 – Joseph 5; Stolica 66)
• FC Dallas have only won once in six games vs. New England all-time in all competitions at Pizza Hut Park. That win came in 2006; the streak includes one draw in league play (last year), and a 3-2 Revolution win in the 2007 U.S. Open Cup Final.
• FC Dallas last won in New England in 2003, a 2-1 win on July 16. The Revolution had won six consecutive home games vs. FCD before last year’s 1-1 draw in Foxborough.
• Coaches record: Schellas Hyndman vs. NE: P4 W1 L1 D2 … Steve Nicol vs. DAL: P19 W13 L4 D2
FC Dallas saw their shutout streak end but still lengthened their unbeaten run to eight games, with a 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday evening at Robertson Stadium. FCD has 22 points from 11 games on the season, in second place in the Western Conference.
• FC Dallas took the lead in the 27th minute. Fabian Castillo screamed a 25-yard shot off the crossbar, and it rebounded straight out to Andrew Jacobson, who headed the ball back into the goal with 'keeper Tally Hall having dived to save the initial attempt.
• But the Dynamo pulled level in the 42nd minute, as Brad Davis picked out Cam Weaver in the right of the box and he struck to end FCD's shutout run at 531 minutes.
• FCD regained the lead in the 70th minute, when Ugo Ihemelu snapped a header from a Marvin Chávez corner kick past a diving Hall. Then two minutes later, the Dynamo went down a man when Kofi Sarkodie committed a second bookable offense.
• But three minutes from full time, a Davis through ball to to second-half substitute Colin Clark opened the FCD defense, and Clark fired a low shot past Kevin Hartman to secure a share of the spoils.
• FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman made one change to the team that defeated Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 at Qwest Field. Bobby Warshaw came in at center back for George John.
• FC DALLAS--Kevin Hartman - Jackson Goncalves (Jair Benitez 46), Bobby Warshaw, Ugo Ihemelu, Zach Loyd Daniel Hernandez - Eric Alexander (Milton Rodriguez 65), Marvin Chavez, Andrew Jacobson, Brek Shea - Fabian Castillo (Ricardo Villar 84)
• FC Dallas saw their shutout streak come to an end at 531 minutes, the fifth-longest stretch without conceding a goal in MLS history. It was an FCD club record and the longest in the league this season. The MLS record is 727 scoreless minutes, set by Houston in 2007.
• “We were able to score two goals in a very, very difficult environment,” FCD coach Schellas Hyndman said. “I’m disappointed that we weren’t able to hang on at the end, but give a lot of credit to Houston and their desire not to lose.”
• FC Dallas also ended the month of May unbeaten in seven games. A year ago, FCD lost once in the month (May 20, 0-1 to LA Galaxy) – their last loss until mid-October, 19 games unbeaten. Dallas currently has an eight-game undefeated streak overall.
• After three consecutive home games, FC Dallas embarked on a two-game trip in four days to Seattle and Houston – and came away with four of a possible six points.
• “I think that we’ll look back and maybe see an opportunity lost, but at the same time, we proved to ourselves and Houston that we’re able to go on the road and find success,” goalkeeper Kevin Hartman said.
• After five consecutive appearances as a substitute, rookie Bobby Warshaw made his first MLS start, coming into central defense in place of George John. Warshaw was the club’s first-round selection (17th overall) out of Stanford University in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.
• “It was the first time Bobby started, and it was a difficult game for him,” Hyndman said. “He played against [Cam] Weaver and [Will] Bruin, two big, strong strikers, and then you have ]Geoff] Cameron coming in. We expected it was going to be a physical game in the box.”
• John had suffered a groin injury in the late stages of the midweek victory in Seattle and managed to close out the match, but was unable to rebound for the game against Houston.
• “This was a situation where instead of sending him home to Dallas, we brought him to Houston to give him a couple of days to see how he felt and we did a test on him before the game and he just couldn’t go,” Hyndman said.
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution went down to defeat at home, losing 1-0 to the LA Galaxy on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution have 13 points from 12 matches, in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
• The game's lone goal came in the 69th minute. David Beckham served in a curling low cross from the right flank and Miguel Lopez cut across a defender to hit a glancing header inside the far post beyond the outstretched Matt Reis.
• Revolution head coach Steve Nicol maintained the same team for a third consecutive match, keeping the group that lost 2-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium.
• NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-2-3-1): Matt Reis - Kevin Alston, Ryan Cochrane (Franco Coria 46), A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes - Shalrie Joseph, Stephen McCarthy (Zack Schilawski 74) - Zak Boggs (Sainey Nyassi 67), Benny Feilhaber, Chris Tierney - Rajko Lekic.
• The Revolution were shut out for the fifth time in eight games against the LA Galaxy. They’ve scored five goals in all over that stretch.
• “When it gets to that critical point, we're just not getting it done,” Nicol said. “[Against LA], we had three great chances and we just didn't quite get it done. That sums up a lot of the stuff we do. Sometimes, we look pretty good, but we don't get it done. That's where we are at the moment.”
• The Revolution nearly found the equalizer in stoppage time, but Landon Donovan cleared a Shalrie Joseph header off the line and Zack Schilawski hammered a close-range shot off the underside of the crossbar.
• “It would be nice to create chances throughout the entire game instead of do or die. It’s not easy, a lot of things have to be right,” Schilawski said to The Boston Globe. “And I think we’re showing progress as far as getting chances -- scoring is one of those things that when it clicks it starts to come easier and easier. And when it starts coming, we’ll be tough.”
• The Revolution have taken just one point from six games when they’ve allowed the first goal, in the bottom four percentage-wise in MLS, matched by Sporting KC and Toronto FC and ahead of just Real Salt Lake, who have lost both games when they’ve conceded first.
• “It’s hard to play from behind, especially for our team. Mentally, we have to stay with it for 90 minutes,” Joseph said. “When we give up that goal to start the second half and then we start pushing the tempo some more, the game was really wide open and that’s good for the neutral supporters to see such a game so wide open. Tonight we just couldn’t finish our chances.”
• The Revolution were forced into an early change when center back Ryan Cochrane had a clash of heads and had to come off at halftime. Cochrane is listed as out for the Dallas match with a concussion.
• As well, Benny Feilhaber suffered an ankle injury that is expected to not only put him out of the U.S. team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but out of action for a month.
• In response, Shalrie Joseph informed the Grenada Football Federation he is declined the invitation to play for his country in the Gold Cup.
• “If we had more points and team was playing well, it’d be a different position — I would have been more comfortable leaving and coming back in couple weeks," Joseph said. "The best decision is to stay [in New England]. I can’t afford to leave my team in this position and play in a Gold Cup tournament. The team needs me more than anything else.”
• The game against FC Dallas will be the 10th of 13 games thus far against Western Conference opposition for the Revolution. Two of New England’s three wins have come in the Eastern Conference (D.C. United, Sporting KC).
• “I think the biggest problem we have is we’re naïve. We don’t make the best decisions at time. I think that’s our biggest problem. Between the sync and the final third, we’re just that wee bit out, whether it’s a bad decision or a bad pass or a bad run,” Nicol said. “We have a real solid team. … We’re just a little bit away.”