FC Dallas returned to the adidas Field today at 10 a.m. Central Time following its 3-1 win in Kansas City on Saturday. The team now prepares to host the Chicago Fire Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Pizza Hut Park (Fox Soccer Channel).
FC Dallas can clinch a playoff berth with a win against the Fire or if Kansas City fails to win at Red Bull New York. Forward Jeff Cunningham has a chance to tie Jaime Moreno for most goals in an MLS career. Cunningham scored his 131st goal Saturday against Kansas City. Moreno’s career total is 132.
FC Dallas also extended its unbeaten streak to 17 games. The team is now two games behind Columbus' 19-game run in 2004-05. Part of that streak is FC Dallas’ current 12-game road unbeaten streak, an all-time MLS record.
Warm-ups began at 10 a.m. and lasted approximately 20 minutes. The first team then jogged on an adjacent field before completing a recovery session led by Michael Johnson Performance's Steward Carlisle. Remaining on the adidas Field, the FCD reserves got plenty of touches on the ball by completing a dribbling circuit on the east sideline.
Next, FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman split the players up into four teams of three:
|Marco Feruzzi||Ruben Luna||Edson Edward||Peri Marosevic|
|Eric Avila||Victor Ulloa||Moises Hernandez||Bryan Leyva|
|Andrew Wiedeman||Bruno Guarda||Jason Yeisley||Brek Shea|
MLS pool goalkeeper Chris Sharpe patrolled the south goal while Dario Sala worked the goal to the north. In a 40 x 40 area, the orange and green teams played against the blue and white teams. Team colors determined the amount of touches each player had on the ball per possession.
Wiedeman scored his first goal during the second game. He nearly had two when he torched a ball towards the upper 90 a few minutes later, but the shot just missed catching the near post.
After Hyndman reconfigured the drill, Leyva knocked a shot off the crossbar. A long ball in to Marosevic caused Sharpe to charge off his line, but the striker chipped a ball over the sliding goalkeeper to put away his first goal of the day. Leyva had another solid attempt on goal, but was denied by Sharpe’s diving save to his right. Going the other direction, Luna out-jumped his marker to force a ball by Sala.
Neither team could score in the fourth match. Following five minutes of scoreless soccer, Hyndman announced the match was going into extra time. Marosevic nearly ended it early, with a sharp ball at the back post, but Sharpe made a full-extension save to his left to keep the match going. Another long pass to the far corner looked to be beyond Marosevic’s reach, but the speedy forward tracked the ball down and chipped it back into the center of the area. Ferruzzi and Leyva brought the ball down, but could not find a good look on goal. Just as the ball was about to be cleared away, Wiedeman came rushing forward and buried the game-winner.
Kyle Davies on his first start since March 27
"It had been about a year since I played 90 minutes. It felt great. I have spent a lot of time playing next to Zach Loyd with the reserves, so I felt pretty comfortable in there next to him. Having Heath Pearce and Jair Benitez in there certainly helped as well."
Dario Sala on the Kansas City game
"Pregame warm-ups went really well. Even though it was raining, the ball felt secure in my hands. [Drew Keeshan] kept telling me to keep the momentum going into the first half. I felt really good."
Hyndman on Kyle Davies
"We started Kyle because we needed someone in there with some size and some experience at center back. He played very well."
Hyndman on Edson Edward’s debut
"If you count extra time, he got about 12-15 minutes of playing time. I thought he did very well. There was a lot of pressure on us and we needed another physical presence in there. At times, Kansas City was running four forwards at us. Once we put him in there we got the third goal and the pressure was gone."
Edson Edward on his debut
"Coach told me to go in there and play simple. Having Zach and Kyle in behind me made my job a lot easier. They were closing up those alleys all night. I had no idea I was going to play though; I looked over during warm-ups and Coach [John] Ellinger gave me a shout."