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 got sent off in the 29th minute, got goals from Milton Rodriguez and . The Red Bulls twice equalized thanks to Mehdi Ballouchy and an own goal from FCD defender .
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 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 , 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 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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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
DAL -- Brek Shea (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 29
NY -- Roy Miller (caution; Handball) 41
NY -- Thierry Henry (caution; Reckless Tackle) 47+
DAL --(caution; Dissent) 86
NY -- Mehdi Ballouchy (caution; Reckless Tackle) 94+
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.
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee's Assistants: Bill Dittmar; Frank Anderson
4th Official: Chris Penso
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