Match Preview: FC Dallas vs. Chivas USA
FC DALLAS vs CHIVAS USA
FC DALLAS STADIUM, Frisco, Texas
June 23, 2012 (WEEK 16, MLS Game #142)
8 p.m. CT (Galavision; FSSW)
FC Dallas are looking to put an end to a long winless run when they play host to Chivas USA on Saturday evening in Frisco. FCD have matched their club record with 10 league games without a win, coming off a 2-1 loss at the Houston Dynamo last weekend. Chivas USA hit the road after a 2-1 midweek victory against the expansion Montreal Impact at The Home Depot Center.
REFEREE: Fotis Bazakos. SAR (bench): George Gansner; JAR (opposite): Bill Dittmar; 4th: Mark Declouet
MLS Career: 2 games; FC/gm: 25.0; Y/gm: 6.0; R: 0; pens: 0
- FC DALLAS - OUT: MF David Ferreira (R foot surgery); MF Bobby Warshaw (R foot fracture); DF Ugo Ihemelu (concussion symptoms); DF Alex Lee (lower abdominal strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Ricardo Villar (R foot strain); DF George John (concussion symptoms); FW Blas Perez (R foot contusion); MF Brek Shea (L foot contusion)
- CHIVAS USA - OUT: MF Marvin Iraheta (L knee ACL); MF Nick Labrocca (L hamstring strain); MF Ryan Smith (neck strain); DF John Valencia (R hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: FW Jose Correa (R hamstring strain); MF Miller Bolanos (L hamstring strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED: DAL: Jair Benitez (through June 24)
- SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: DAL: Fabian Castillo ... CHV: Oswaldo Minda
- SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: Jair Benitez, Daniel Hernandez
ALL-TIME (19 meetings): FC Dallas 10 wins, 26 goals ... Chivas USA 5 wins, 21 goals ... Ties 4
AT DALLAS (10 meetings): FC Dallas 5 wins, 11 goals ... Chivas USA 2 wins, 8 goals ... Ties 3
RETURN MATCHES: 10/7: Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas, 4 p.m. PT (Galavision); 10/28: FC Dallas vs. Chivas USA, 6 p.m. CT (Galavision)
LAST YEAR (MLS):
6/18: CHV 1, DAL 2 (Lahoud 71 - Shea 22; Jackson 85)
7/31: DAL 1, CHV 0 (Chavez 26)
- FC Dallas have a four-game winning streak alive against Chivas USA, stretching over the past two seasons, since Chivas USA won both meetings in the 2009 campaign.
- FC Dallas have won three of the last four Home Depot Center encounters with Chivas USA.
- Coaches record: Schellas Hyndman vs. CHV: P6 W4 L2 D0 ... Robin Fraser vs. DAL: P2 W0 L2 D0
FC Dallas equaled a club record with their 10th league game without a victory, falling 2-1 to the Houston Dynamo on Saturday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. FCD is in a tie for eighth place in the Western Conference with 13 points from 16 matches.
- The Dynamo took the lead in just the third minute. An attempted clear of a Calen Carr cross by FCD defender Hernan Pertuz found Will Bruin's knee in the penalty area and the deflection flew past goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
- But FCD found the equalizer in the 59th minute. Some sterling build-up play saw an attempted shot blocked in the heart of the area -- but the fortunate carom fell to Jackson, who fired home with style.
- The game took an ugly turn in the 63rd minute. Dallas left back Jair Benitez elbowed Colin Clark to draw a straight red from referee Jair Marrufo, his third expulsion against Houston in three years.
- The sending off gave the Dynamo they advantage they needed to get back on the front foot. They got it two minutes later when Hartman flapped at a Brad Davis corner kick and the ball fell to Adam Moffat, who drove the ball into the roof of the goal.
- FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman made three changes to the team that suffered a 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. Hernan Pertuz came into central defense for George John, Fabian Castillo entered the midfield for James Marcelin, and Scott Sealy started up top for Blas Perez.
- FC DALLAS (4-2-3-1): Kevin Hartman - Zach Loyd, Hernan Pertuz, Matt Hedges, Jair Benitez (sent off 63) - Daniel Hernandez, Andrew Jacobson - Jackson, Bryan Leyva (Andrew Wiedeman 58), Fabian Castillo (Carlos Rodriguez 67) - Scott Sealy (James Marcelin 87).
- FC Dallas have matched their club record winless streak of 10 games after the loss at Houston. FCD also went 10 games without a win, July 2-Sept. 10, 2005.
- "I thought that we created some really good chances. We weren't able to put the ball in the goal," said FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman. " ... I don't know if we could have won the game. I think that we had played well enough and the momentum had changed once we scored, and I don't know if they would have been able to beat us if we weren't down a man. Once they got the space to make the passes, we didn't get a lot of attack; it was just difficult."
- Jackson, recalled from a loan spell with Cruzeiro EC in his native Brazil earlier this season, made his seventh consecutive start and scored his first goal of the season.
- "I thought he was excellent," said Hyndman. "I think Jackson was one of the best players on the field. He worked on both sides of the ball, scored a goal and saved one off the line. I don't know how you can get more out of a player."
- The entrance of Castillo into the FCD lineup was designed to hopefully inject a dose of pace into the club's attack, along with Jackson on the opposite flank.
- "Our game plan was getting Castillo and Jackson one-on-one isolated, and I thought we created some really good chances but weren't able to put the ball in the goal," Hyndman said. "The second half comes around and we get a goal and then we were doing some good things. ... Take away the record, but look what's on the field, and I thought we got everything we could out of the players."
- For the third game in a row, Jair Benitez was sent off in a Texas derby against the Dynamo.
- "I don't know that Houston could've beaten us if we weren't down a man, but we sure as hell made it hard on ourselves again," said Hyndman. "A very disappointing part. Give Houston a lot of credit, they found a way to win the game."
- After netting twice in two games in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with Panama, Blas Perez was kept out of the team for the Houston match. Scott Sealy made his first start since May 9.
- "Definitely on the possession side I thought we did a great job especially in the first half," said Daniel Hernandez. "Obviously the second half was a little different after the red card, but even after the red card we were still pushing up and had a few chances to score.
- FC Dallas could have Brek Shea available, who has returned to full training after missing more than a month while he served a three-game suspension.
- "I think he'll be fine," Hyndman said. "He's been out for four weeks or whatever and didn't really have any issues [today]. If we're able to get him on the field [Saturday], he may only be able to go 20 or 30 minutes, but I think he's got to be somebody we're preparing to get on the field." Said Shea: "[The toe] feels good. I felt it a little bit, but nothing too serious. It's more annoying than anything."
Chivas USA rebounded from their first loss in five games, defeating the Montreal Impact 2-1 on Wednesday evening at The Home Depot Center. Chivas USA are in sixth place in the Western Conference with 18 points from 15 games.
- Chivas took the lead in the 15th minute. A Cesar Romero corner kick found the boot of Juan Agudelo, whose touch deflected off Alejandro Moreno's thigh for the opening goal.
- But the Impact were even three minutes before the break. Davy Arnaud dashed down the right flank before sending in a cross to the near post that Felipe coolly flicked past Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
- But the home side grabbed the winner eight minutes from the end when substitute Jorge Villafana fired in a cross from the left side that Juan Pablo Angel nodded past Montreal goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
- Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser made two changes to the team that fell to a 3-0 defeat by Real Salt Lake at The Home Depot Center. Paolo Cardozo came into the midfield for Blair Gavin, and Cesar Romero started up top in place of Juan Pablo Angel.
- CHIVAS USA (4-3-1-2): Dan Kennedy - James Riley, Rauwshan McKenzie, Danny Califf, Ante Jazic - Paolo Cardozo (Juan Pablo Angel 77), Oswaldo Minda, Ben Zemanski - Alejandro Moreno (Peter Vagenas 86) - Juan Agudelo, Cesar Romero (Jorge Villafana 78).
- For just the second time this season, Chivas USA scored more than one goal in a league game (also scoring twice in the win vs. Portland on April 7).
- "We saw intelligent work; we saw good decisions with the ball which are things that you have to do," said Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser. "We talked about execution on Saturday night and I thought how we executed in the last 10 minutes of the game or so were definitely a step forward for us. I thought our decisions on the ball were good, our work rate was not to be questioned and I was very proud with the way that we finished."
- With the Montreal match coming three days after the visit by Real Salt Lake, Juan Pablo Angel was held out of the starting lineup after making his fourth start of the season. Angel came off the substitutes' bench and netted his third goal in the last seven games.
- "With Juan, there were a couple of defensive thoughts, but certainly with him it's about finding good spaces in the box and when he gets the delivery, he scores," said Fraser. "He got a fantastic delivery from Jorge tonight and certainly did very well."
- Alejandro Moreno was credited with his first goal since April 7, his second on the campaign.
- "It's three points that we really needed. We've done a lot of good things the last month of the season and it's important for us to continue to get three points," Moreno said. "There have been times this year where we deserve a little better from the games and we didn't get the points that we needed, it's about that time for us to get some consistency with our results."
- Jorge Villafana made his first appearance since May 23 and contributed his first league assist of the season.
- "One of the things that Jorge has been working on for the last year is crossing and he's become a very good and consistent crosser, so the idea for him was to find crossing opportunities," Fraser said.
- The trip to Dallas will be the first MLS game from The Home Depot Center in a month for Chivas, since their May 23 game at New York.
- "For us it doesn't matter who the next opponent is, we have to continue to improve," Fraser said. "There were some things tonight that certainly we thought we could get better and sharper at. Regardless of who we play, there's going to be that challenge."