Match Recap: FCD 3, Philadelphia 1

Cunningham brace propels FC Dallas over Union


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At just over a year to the
day that Jeff Cunningham started an epic scoring streak that saw him reel off
16 goals in FC Dallas’ final 14 games, the veteran scorer netted two in a 3-1
win over the Philadelphia Union at Pizza Hut Park on Sunday.

HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 3, Philadelphia Union 1

Cunningham, a second-half substitute, added the brace with the game tied at one
apiece after the Union had goalkeeper Brad Knighton dismissed early in the
first half for denying a goalscoring opportunity.

The visiting side drew first blood nine minutes in when Alejandro Moreno
bundled home his first goal of 2010. However, Dallas took full advantage of the
extra man, scoring three unanswered goals.

Union head coach Peter Nowak made several changes to his first XI from the
group that fell 2-1 to Columbus at PPL Park on Thursday. Most notable of those
changes was Knighton getting his first start in place of Chris Seitz.

Nowak also inserted 29-year-old Colombian newcomer Juan Diego Gonzalez into one
of his center back spots. Gonzalez most recently played for Deportivo Pereira
in his native Colombia.

FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman made just one change to his first XI from
Thursday’s 2-2 draw with UEFA Champions League winner Inter Milan. Kevin
Hartman returned to goal for his 14th straight start.

The visitors took the early 1-0 lead under interesting circumstances. Union
All-Star forward Sebastien LeToux took a shot from the left side that was
stopped by Hartman. After FCD defenders Heath Pearce and George John tried to
clear the ball unsuccessfully, Moreno got a shot off that was deflected and
ended up in the back of the net.

However, any momentum generated by the goal evaporated just 13 minutes later
when Knighton upended Brek Shea inside the left side of the box, drawing a red
card by referee Jair Marrufo. Seitz took his position in goal, where he
immediately faced David Ferreira's PK.

On the resulting spot kick, the Colombian midfielder knocked it into the top
half of the right side of goal, tying the game at 1-1. It was Ferreira’s third
goal via the penalty spot this year.

Hyndman made one change to start the second half, bringing on Cunningham for
Eric Avila. FCD shifted into a 4-4-2 with the veteran striker paired with
Milton Rodriguez up top.

The combination of Cunningham and Rodriguez opened things up for FCD. In the
58th minute, Cunningham nearly headed one in after a great cross from Benitez,
but his effort struck the crossbar before going over the top of the Union net.

However, the seasoned goalscorer finally rediscovered his scoring touch in the
75th when he headed home off Shea's serve. Cunningham then added a second tally
in the 81st minute, converting with his right foot following a nice through
ball by Ferreira.    

With today’s defeat, the Union’s road record falls to 1-8-1. They host Real
Salt Lake on Wednesday at PPL Park. FCD have now won four straight at PHP and
their unbeaten streak improves to nine games. They face D.C. United next
Saturday at RFK Stadium.

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Philadelphia Union 1, at FC Dallas 3
Pizza Hut Park  
Attendance: 8,732  
Philadelphia Union (4-10-3)
FC Dallas (7-2-9)  
Scoring Summary:  
PHI -- Alejandro Moreno 1 (unassisted) 9  
DAL -- David Ferreira 5 (penalty kick) 24  
DAL -- Jeff Cunningham 5 (Brek Shea 3, Jair Benitez 1) 75  
DAL -- Jeff Cunningham 6 (David Ferreira 6) 81  
Misconduct Summary:  
PHI -- Brad Knighton (ejection; Denied Goal Scoring Opportunity (Foul)) 22
PHI -- Michael Orozco Fiscal (caution; Tactical Foul) 55  
PHI -- Andrew Jacobson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 66  
Philadelphia Union -- Brad Knighton, Cristian Arrieta, Danny Califf, Juan Diego
Gonzalez, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Justin Mapp (Chris Seitz 23), Eduardo Coudet,
Kyle Nakazawa (Jordan Harvey 46), Fred, Sebastien Le Toux, Alejandro Moreno
(Andrew Jacobson 63).
Substitutes Not Used: Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo, Roger Torres, Nick
FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman, Heath Pearce, Ugo Ihemelu (Zach Loyd 20), George
John, Jair Benitez, Atiba Harris, Eric Avila (Jeff Cunningham 46), Daniel
Hernandez, Brek Shea, David Ferreira, Milton Rodriguez (Eric Alexander 77).
Substitutes Not Used: Marvin Chavez, Edson Edward, Bruno Guarda, Dario Sala.
Referee: Jair Marrufo  
Referee's Assistants: Jason Cullum; Bill Dittmar  
4th Official: Jasen Anno  
Time of Game: 1:53  
Weather: Sunny-and-100-degrees