FC Dallas falls 2-0 in scrimmage vs. New York Red Bulls
CANCUN, Mexico – FC Dallas fell 2-0 to Red Bull New York today in preseason action in Cancun, Mexico. New York’s goals were scored by former FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper and Red Bull’s 2011 first round SuperDraft selection, Corey Hertzog.
FC Dallas nearly took the lead in the ninth minute when Fabian Castillo sped by a defender on the right flank and delivered a pass inside to Blas Perez, who was making his run 12-yards from goal. Perez hit a shot with his first touch, striking the outside of the right post. It would not be the last time Dallas would be denied by the post.
Castillo looked creative on the ball once again in the 14th minute. The young Colombian weaved his way through three defenders before New York goalkeeper Ryan Meara charged off his line to take away a goal.
Despite holding an advantage in possession, FC Dallas surrendered the first goal of the match in the 33rd minute. The play began when Red Bulls defender Jan Gunnar Solli fed the ball up the right flank to Dane Richards, who split a pair of defenders and found Cooper making a diagonal run to the front post. Cooper waited on the pass before striking a turn-around shot into the far side netting with his first touch.
FC Dallas battled back and earned a throw-in deep in Red Bull territory in the 40th minute. U.S. National Team defender Zach Loyd took a quick throw, picking out a streaking Perez at the top of the area. Meara charged off his line to intercept the pass, but Perez arrived first and nodded a ball past the goalkeeper only to have his second attempt of the day ricochet of the near post and dribble out of bounds.
Both teams opted for a fresh 11 to start the second half and Red Bulls guest player Jose Angulo could have made it 2-0 when he was through on goal off a Hertzog through ball. Angulo, however, was unable to keep his left-footed shot down. With 20 minutes to play, FC Dallas hit the woodwork for the third time, as Bruno Guarda’s first-touch volley slammed off the left post and shot back into play. The play was setup by FC Dallas Homegrown player Bryan Leyva, who looked dangerous the entire second half.
A questionable call went against FC Dallas in the 85th minute. Defender Christian Ibeagha looked to have a clear path to goal just before being hammered to the ground by a Red Bull defender well inside the area. Unfortunately for Dallas, the referee allowed play to continue, only to have a penalty kick go against them in the 90th minute.
On the play, Red Bulls defender Jonathan Borrajo was adjudged to have been fouled in the box by Ibeagha. Hertzog stepped to the penalty kick and delivered a shot to the left side of goalkeeper Chris Seitz to hand FC Dallas a 2-0 loss.
The next time the two teams will face off will be on Sunday, March 11 at FC Dallas Stadium at 2 p.m. CT in a match to be televised live by NBC Sports Network – the first MLS game broadcasted by the League’s new national partner, NBC.
NY: Kenny Cooper (Dane Richards, Jan Gunnar Solli) 33
NY: Corey Hertzog (penalty kick) 90
FCD: Brek Shea (caution) 41
FCD: Bruno Guarda (caution) 48
NY: Brandon Barklage (caution) 82
New York Red Bulls (First Half) – Ryan Meara, Jan Gunnar Solli, Markus Holgersson, Stephen Keel, Roy Miller, Dax McCarty, Victor Palsson*, Rafa Marquez, Joel Lindpere, Dane Richards, Kenny Cooper
New York Red Bulls (Second Half) – Jeremy Vuolo (GK), Jonathan Borrajo, Matt Kassel, Leobardo Alvarez*, Connor Lade, Jhonny Arteaga*, Ryan Maduro*, Brandon Barklage*, Giorgi Chirgadze* (Sacir Hot 61’), Jose Angulo*, Corey Hertzog
FC Dallas (First Half) – Kevin Hartman (GK), Zach Loyd, Ugo Ihemelu, Hernan Pertuz, Jair Benitez, Andrew Jacobson, Ricardo Villar, Fabian Castillo, Scott Sealy*, Brek Shea, Blas Perez
FC Dallas (Second Half) – Chris Seitz (GK), Kleyner Bejarano*, Matt Hedges, Christian Ibeagha, Scott Gordon, Bruno Guarda, Bobby Warshaw, Rodolfo Espinoza* (Andrew Wiedeman 81’), Bryan Leyva, Nicolas Gianni* (Moises Hernandez 81’), Ulises Mendivic*
* - Trialist
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman
General thoughts on the game
This is preseason and we’ve been working awfully hard, doing a lot of fitness running on the beach. I noticed a few players had heavy legs today. We still managed to hit the post three times. Bruno Guarda hitting that cross from Bryan Leyva, Blas on a header and again after taking that pass from Fabian Castillo.
We had some nice combinations and we created some really nice scoring chances. We’re not where we want to be but we’re also in preseason. We’re working hard. These types of games are always important because they send a message to the opposition. They also send a message within our own team. If you work hard, you get the results you want. We had a lot of players do their best today. The breakdowns came. It was a very difficult day for both teams but the game was a lot closer than the score indicates.
On what he expects on opening day from New York after seeing them today
Most of the players you saw on the field today will be on the field on opening day. They’re going to get Thierry Henry back. They’ll have Luke Rodgers back. They may have some other players that step in there for one reason or another, but for the most part that is the team we’re going to face. For us, we’re very pleased with the work we’re getting done. We’ve got to get guys working together. We really haven’t had much of a chance to work on team shape. Next week is an important week for us in Dallas. We’ve got to get some things done. Today set the stage for what I think will be a really good game when New York comes to FC Dallas Stadium.