Match Recap: FC Dallas 2, NYRB 2

Short-handed FCD lose lead in wild draw vs. Red Bulls

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FRISCO, Texas -- In a wild night at Pizza Hut Park, New York and FC Dallas
played to a 2-2 draw.

The home side, who played with 10 men after Brek Shea got sent off in the 29th minute, got
goals from Milton Rodriguez and Eric Alexander. The Red
Bulls twice equalized thanks to Mehdi Ballouchy and an
own goal from FCD defender Jair Benitez.

Although tonight’s draw snapped Dallas' six-game winning streak at
home, FCD increased their unbeaten streak to 15 games.

The game kicked off with a bang. Eight minutes in, Red Bulls
midfielder Dane Richards showcased
his pace, blowing past a pair of FCD defenders to close in on the right
side of the FCD goal. The winger let loose a grazer that 'keeper Kevin Hartman watched
hit the outside of the near post and roll out.

Richards was active again in the 13th minute, taking a shot that
nearly went into the far side of the net before Alexander, standing at
the line, headed the bending effort  over the crossbar.

Rodriguez, who got his first start in the last three games, would
give Dallas their first lead of the match 10 minutes later with his
second of the year. The play started after right back Heath Pearce and right mid Atiba Harris played well off each other on the
right flank. Pearce then sent in a cross in that Alexander headed toward
the far post from near the top of the six-yard box that Rodriguez
quickly headed in.

But the home team enjoyed the lead for all of two minutes when the
heart and soul of FCD, captain Daniel Hernandez,
pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Hernandez was
tended to by the Dallas medical staff for several minutes before leaving
the pitch, giving way for Dax McCarty to see his first action since July
17, when he left a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake with a strained right
quadriceps.

As if losing their captain wasn’t bad enough, Dallas took another
blow in the 29th when Shea was ejected. Albright had possession on the
right flank just yards in front of the FCD bench when the 20-year-old
midfielder executed a hard challenge that upended the veteran defender.
Referee Hilario Grajeda quickly reached into his back pocket and sent
Shea straight to the showers.

New York took advantage of their extra man late into stoppage time.
Lindpere raced up the left flank and delivered a nice roller in the
vicinity of the near post. Newly-acquired Red Bull midfielder Ballouchy
put a bow on his debut as he slipped between FCD defenders Zach Loyd and Benitez to drive it home for the
equalizer.

Just before the final whistle of the opening half, Hartman fell to
the ground after picking up a lower right leg injury on a dead ball
incident with Thierry Henry. Backup keeper Dario Sala warmed up before the start of the
second half and replaced Hartman between the posts for his first league
action since May 1 at New England.

Hyndman made another switch to start the second half, moving Harris
up top and dropping Rodriguez back into the midfield.

Eight minutes into the final frame, Alexander nearly returned FCD to
the lead. The midfielder dribbled into the box from the right side and
unleashed a left-footed curler from about 11 yards out that bent around
goalkeeper Bouna Condoul and rung the far post.

Alexander refused to go quietly, though, and connected for his second
goal of his career in the 68th. The FCD rookie gained possession in the
midfield and then split Ballouchy and Roy Miller to dash toward goal. Alone against
Condoul, Alexander proceeded to slot the ball just outside the 'keeper's
right and just inside the post to make it 2-1.

But the Red Bulls kept pressing and drew things level in the 82nd
minute, after Benitez’s second own goal of 2010. Once again, it was
Lindpere providing excellent service into the area that was intended for
second-half sub Juan Pablo Angel.
Benitez, in his effort to hit the ball out of play, dove and headed it
into the back of his own net.

In the 85th, Harris had a nice shot from long range that for at least
a moment looked like it might be on line. But that was before Condoul
scuttled to his right to make an excellent diving save to help New York
walk away with a point.

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Scoring Summary:

DAL -- Milton Rodriguez 2 (Eric Alexander 2, Heath Pearce 6) 24

NY -- Mehdi Ballouchy 1 (Joel Lindpere 6) 48+

DAL -- Eric Alexander 2 (Milton Rodriguez 2) 68

NY -- own goal (Jair Benitez) 82

Misconduct Summary:

DAL -- Brek Shea (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 29

NY -- Roy Miller (caution; Handball) 41

NY -- Thierry Henry (caution; Reckless Tackle) 47+

DAL -- Marvin Chavez (caution;
Dissent) 86

NY -- Mehdi Ballouchy (caution; Reckless Tackle) 94+

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls -- Bouna Coundoul, Chris Albright, Tim Ream, Carlos Mendes, Roy Miller, Dane Richards (Salou Ibrahim 87), Rafael Marquez, Tony Tchani (Juan Pablo Angel 63), Joel
Lindpere, Mehdi Ballouchy, Thierry Henry.

FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman (Dario Sala 46), Heath Pearce,
Jackson Goncalves, Zach Loyd, Jair Benitez, Atiba Harris, Eric
Alexander, Daniel Hernandez (Dax McCarty 28), Brek Shea, David Ferreira, Milton
Rodriguez (Marvin Chavez 75).

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee's
Assistants:
Bill Dittmar; Frank Anderson
4th
Official:
Chris Penso
Attendance: 15,105
Weather:
Clear and 90 degrees