FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas earned a 6-0 victory over Memphis today on the adidas Field at FC Dallas Stadium. Three of Dallas’ goals were scored by midfielder Andrew Wiedeman, who netted the hat trick in just 45 minutes of action.
FC Dallas took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute on a broken play that began with a clearance from goalkeeper Chris Seitz. A Memphis defender misjudged the ball near midfield, allowing Fabian Castillo to win the ball and dribble in alone on Memphis goalkeeper Conor Hurley. Castillo feinted right before going to his left and finishing into an empty net.
In the 32nd minute, right back Scott Gordon played a perfect ball over the top to Castillo, who was in alone for a second time. Castillo beat Hurley, but his lob shot over the goalkeeper didn’t have enough momentum to find the back of the net before a Memphis defender caught up to the ball on the goal line and knocked it over the crossbar.
Gordon finally earned an assist on his third perfectly-weighted pass of the half in the 37th minute. After receiving the ball on the right flank, Gordon lobbed a pass into the area for Panamanian striker Blas Perez. Perez barely beat Hurley to the ball at the top of the area, chipping a one-touch shot into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
FC Dallas extended its lead to three goals in the 53rd minute when Bobby Warshaw sent a ball outside to right back Alex Lee. Lee went inside on his defender and delivered a ball into the feet of Andrew Wiedeman at the top of the area. Wiedeman sent Scott Sealy in on goal with his first touch, allowing the forward to go around second-half goalkeeper Cody Uzcatequi and finish into an empty net.
Just four minutes later, Homegrown player Jonathan Top gained control of the ball on the left side, dribbled to the top of the area and delivered a cross on the floor to Wiedeman at the far post. Wiedeman finished his first of the day low to the near post to hand Dallas a 4-0 lead.
FC Dallas extended its lead to 5-0 in the 61st minute when left back Jair Benitez sent a cross into the box for Wiedeman, who volleyed a right-footed shot into the back of the net.
Memphis had a chance to get on the board after Wiedeman’s second goal when Mark Sherrod came free of his defender on the receiving end of a free kick from about 35 yards out near the left touch line. Sherrod just missed a one-touch finish that trickled wide of the left post behind Seitz.
Wiedeman netted his third goal of the day in the 80th minute, thanks to a nice through ball played down the center of the field by Bruno Guarda. Wiedeman made a nice turn with the outside of his left foot to go by his marker before slipping a shot under the arms of Uzcatequi.
FCD – Fabian Castillo 25
FCD – Blas Perez (Scott Gordon) 37
FCD – Scott Sealy (Andrew Wiedeman, Alex Lee) 53
FCD – Wiedeman (Jonathan Top) 57
FCD – Wiedeman (Jair Benitez) 61
FCD – Wiedeman (Bruno Guarda) 80
FC Dallas (2nd half) – Chris Seitz, Jair Benitez (Moises Hernandez 75), Christian Ibeagha, Scott Gordon (Jonathan Top 77), Alex Lee, Bryan Leyva, Bobby Warshaw (Kleyner Bejarano 66), Bruno Guarda, Andrew Wiedeman, Jonathan Top (Jeison Quinonez 67), Scott Sealy.
Memphis – Conor Hurley (Cody Uzcatequi 45), Chandler Gagnon, JJ Greer, Andreas Guentner, Jordan Johnson, Tiago Reichert (Patrick Toh 21), Cody McCoy (Thomas Shannon 36), Wil Linder, Paul Banks (BJ Williams 21), Liam Collins, Mark Sherrod (Austin Gross 44).