FC Dallas (10-2-10, 40 pts) stretched its unbeaten streak to 13 games Saturday with a 1-0 win over Toronto FC at Pizza Hut Park. Veteran striker Jeff Cunningham scored his 129th career goal in the contest to move within three goals of catching all-time MLS goal-scoring leader Jaime Moreno. Meanwhile, much heralded “home grown” rookie Ruben Luna made his MLS debut in the match, coming on for Cunningham in the 82nd minute.
The team will have a recovery workout Monday morning at Pizza Hut Park before taking Tuesday’s training session off. They will resume training Wednesday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m., before traveling to San Jose Thursday afternoon. The team will train in San Jose on Friday.
San Jose hosts the Dallas side at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 9 p.m. Central Time. The game airs live on MLS Direct Kick and ESPN Deportes 1540 AM.
*Complete schedule for the week:
|Mon., Sept.6||Training||8:30 - 10 a.m.||adidas Field|
|Tues., Sept. 7||Off|
|Wed., Sept. 8||Training||8:30 - 10 a.m.||adidas Field|
|Thurs., Sept. 9|
|9:30 - 11 a.m.||adidas Field|
|Fri., Sept. 10||Training||TBD||San Jose, CA|
|Sat., Sept. 11||Game at San Jose||9 p.m. CT||Buck Shaw Stadium|
*All practice sessions are open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Notable this week:
FC Dallas (10-2-10, 40 pts) stretched its unbeaten streak to 13 games with a 1-0 win over Toronto FC on Saturday. The Dallas side has the longest unbeaten streak in MLS this season (Los Angeles previously had a 12-game unbeaten streak end with a 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake on June 9). The team also has the longest home winning streak in MLS this season with a current six-game streak. The all-time MLS mark for an unbeaten streak is 19 games set by the Columbus Crew from July 3, 2004 to April 2, 2005, while the San Jose Clash/Earthquakes holds the all-time MLS home win streak with 12 games from Aug. 25, 2001 to July 24, 2002.
Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman recorded his eighth shutout of the season on Saturday. He is MLS’s all-time leader in shutouts (91). He currently leads MLS with a 0.61 goals against average. The Dallas side is on pace to allow the fewest goals in club history with only 17 goals against through 22 games. The current club record of 35 goals against in 32 games was set during the 1999 MLS season. FC Dallas has not allowed a goal in 280 minutes. The last goal was scored by D.C. United in the 80th minute of a 3-1 FC Dallas victory in Washington on Aug. 14.
FC Dallas was without five of its usual starters Saturday night. Dax McCarty (strained right quad), Ugo Ihemelu (concussion), Milton Rodriguez (strained left shoulder), Daniel Hernandez (yellow card accumulation) and Atiba Harris (yellow card accumulation) all sat out the contest. Hernandez and Harris are slated to return for next week’s game at San Jose. The three injured players will be re-evaluated on Monday. George John left Saturday’s contest in the 54th minute with an apparent hamstring injury. He also will be re-evaluated on Monday.
With the win, FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn earned another Get in and Win Charity Challenge victory. The win nets local Dallas charity Dress for Success two 2011 FC Dallas season tickets purchased by Toronto FC COO Paul Bierne. Quinn also pledged four 2011 season tickets to the Frisco Miracle League a few weeks ago, courtesy of childhood friend and Chivas USA President Shawn Hunter. The two wagered the charitable donation on the outcome of the Aug. 21 match between their two sides, which saw Dallas finish on top 1-0. Following the Dallas side’s record-setting draw at Columbus, Quinn donated four 2011 season tickets to Lift Up America.