Match Recap: FCD 1, Chivas USA 0

Shea's goal enough as FCD top Chivas USA

Final: FC Dallas 1, Chivas USA 0

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

FRISCO, Texas --- In a game where quality offensive chances were at a
premium, FC
Dallas
midfielder Brek Shea connected on a header in the 71st minute
as FCD handed Chivas USA a 1-0 defeat Saturday at Pizza Hut Park.

The win was the third straight for FCD (9-2-9), who ran their
unbeaten streak to 11 games and moved within three points of second
place in the Western Conference behind Real
Salt Lake
.

FC Dallas haven’t lost since a 1-0 setback to the LA Galaxy
on May 20, and they improved to 6-1-3 at home this season.

Shea’s game-winning header drifted to the far post past Chivas USA
goalkeeper Zach Thornton, who made a
string of impressive saves on the night to keep FCD at bay until
midway through the second half.

Jair Benitez picked up the
assist on a lofty cross to the back post, where Shea popped the header
back across the goalmouth for his fifth goal of the season.

FCD had the first chance of the night, when David Ferreira took an
early free kick from about 30 yards out that was snuffed out by
Thornton. Thornton’s finest moment came in the 54th minute, when he
stretched to parry away a curving free kick from FCD striker Milton Rodriguez.

Thornton’s FCD counterpart, fellow veteran Kevin Hartman, was called upon in the 33rd
minute when Chivas USA’s Dario Delgado tried to tuck a shot inside the
near post. Hartman was up to the challenge, lunging to the right post
to make his first save of the evening.

Hartman added another on a snap header by Michael Umaña in the 77th,
and topped that with a gorgeous reaction save on Delgado one minute
later.

FC Dallas veteran striker Jeff Cunningam entered the match for
Rodriguez in the 58th minute but failed to score, leaving him at 128
career MLS goals, four behind all-time leader Jaime Moreno of D.C. United.

Chivas USA (5-11-4) are winless in their last three matches, and have
now won just twice in 11 matches away from the Home Depot Center this
season.

For full stats, visit the MLS MatchCenter.

Scoring Summary:

DAL -- Brek Shea 5 (Jair Benitez 2, David Ferreira 8) 71

Misconduct Summary:

DAL -- Atiba Harris (caution;
Reckless Foul) 34

CHV -- Jesus Padilla (caution;
Unsporting Behavior) 79

DAL -- Daniel Hernandez
(caution; Unsporting Behavior) 79

CHV -- Paulo Nagamura (caution; Tactical Foul) 89

Chivas USA -- Zach Thornton, Jonathan Bornstein, Michael Umana, Dario
Delgado, Ante Jazic (Sal Zizzo 82), Justin Braun (Carlos Borja 46), Ben Zemanski (Jesus Padilla 74), Paulo
Nagamura, Rodolfo Espinoza, Alan Gordon, Giancarlo Maldonado.

Substitutes Not Used: Michael Lahoud, Osael Romero, Marcelo Saragosa, Kevin
Guppy.

FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman, Heath Pearce, George John, Zach Loyd, Jair Benitez, Atiba Harris, Daniel
Hernandez, Eric Alexander (Eric Avila 64), Brek Shea (Jackson Goncalves 85),
David Ferreira, Milton Rodriguez (Jeff Cunningham 58).

Substitutes Not Used: Marvin Chavez, Edson Edward, Bruno Guarda, Dario Sala.

Referee: Paul Ward

Referee's Assistants: Daniel Belleau; Greg Boles

4th Official: Jasen Anno

Time of Game: 1:52

Attendance: 10,309