Dallas defeats University of Memphis

Philip Salyer scored a goal in the second half Saturday.

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FC Dallas downed the University of Memphis by a 6-2 final at the University of Texas at Dallas on Saturday. The two teams played a full 90-minute match with the FC Dallas lineup listed below.

FC Dallas Lineup - Ring, Gbandi (Wagenfuhr 45'), Black (Goodson 45' - Pitchkolan 84'), Yi (Moor 45'), Talley (Salyer 45'), Valakari (Wilson 45'), Mulrooney (Torres 45'), O'Brien (Cavanagh 45'), Alvarez (Maurin 45'), Johnson (Rhine 45'), Nunez (Tamporello 45')

          1    2    F
FC Dallas 4    2    6
Memphis   1    1    2

Scoring Summary: FCD - Alvarez (Talley, Mulrooney) 12', O'Brien (Mulrooney) 15', Johnson (Alvarez, Talley) 20', Mulrooney (Nunez) 37', Torres (Maurin) 54', Salyer (Moor) 67'
MEM - Britcher 32', O'Brien 74'

With the exception of goalkeeper Henry Ring, FC Dallas used two different lineups for both the first and second half and played in a 4-3-3 system. Richard Mulrooney tallied a goal and added two assists, while Arturo Alvarez scored a goal and collected an assist to give FC Dallas an early lead.

On a centering pass from Carey Talley in the 12th minute, Alvarez got a header that was flicked to the back post and gave FC Dallas a 1-0 lead. Just three minutes later, Ronnie O'Brien buried the ball in the back of the net after a nice run from Mulrooney who took a shot, gathered the rebound off a deflection and gave a nice setup to O'Brien.

Seeing his first scrimmage action with FC Dallas on the year, Eddie Johnson gave the team a 3-0 lead after Alvarez beat his man and made a centering pass to a streaking Johnson who outran the Memphis defender and pushed the ball past the goalkeeper. After Memphis cut the deficit to 3-1, Richard Mulrooney drilled a 25-yard shot to the upper right side of the net following a Ramon Nunez short corner kick pass.

In the second half, FC Dallas used goals from Mario Torres in the 54th minute and Philip Sayler in the 67th minute to stretch the lead to 6-1. The University of Memphis did strike again as Dayton O'Brien got a breakaway in the 74th minute and beat Ring to finish up the scoring at 6-2.

Head Coach Colin Clarke on the scrimmage: "It was the first time in a scrimmage situation for several of our players today, and I thought they responded well. We scored plenty of goals as it was good to see the ball hit the back of the net. There are still things we need to work on, but on the whole I felt there were a lot of positives that we can take from our match today."

FC Dallas will play at SMU on Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. before heading to Spain for two weeks from Feb. 26-Mar. 11.


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