Jason Minnick

Match Recap: NE Revs 1, FC Dallas 0

Orlando, Fla. - New England's Sainey Nyassi sped by his defender and finished low to the far corner to give the Revolution a 1-0 win against FC Dallas today at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

The lone goal of the day, Nyassi's strike came in the 10th minute. The goal was set up by forward Zach Schilawski, who did well to get the ball to Nyassi in space, just outside the area. After receiving the pass, Nyassi used a lightning-quick move to the outside to beat his mark before sliding a shot, low to the far post behind FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz.

Despite the loss, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman seemed pleased with his team's progress.

"We played an MLS team with what was basically a brand-new squad of players," Hyndman said. "Eric Avila was probably our most-senior player on the field today. Those guys were also coming off a tough session last night. The best test of a player is to put them in a difficult environment and see how they react. Some of our guys stepped up, others still need to improve. Overall, I was happy with the game. I would like to change the result, but we have another game tomorrow and we don't want to tax the players too much."

After conceding the goal, FC Dallas gained an edge in possession nearing the 20th minute. Bruno Guarda, who looked strong on both sides of the ball throughout the match, sent a through ball to trialist Maykel Galindo. The pass split the Revolution defense and Galindo was in alone on goal, but veteran goalkeeper Matt Reis charged off his line to cut down the forward's angle. Barely beating Reis to the ball, Galindo's hurried shot went just wide of the far post.

Ten minutes later, another FC Dallas attack saw Home Grown player Bryan Leyva free up space for Galindo on the left flank. One-on-one with his defender, Galindo cut to the inside before being chopped down at the top of the area. The resulting free kick was taken by Avila, but his back post cross was well-read and intercepted by Reis.

Leyva and Galindo, who did well to create space all day, were on the attack again in the 37th minute. Leyva's chip into the box gave Galindo another long look at Reis, but the goalkeeper came up with the initial save before denying Guarda on a follow-up attempt.

New England regained an edge in possession near halftime. The Revolution earned back-to-back corners and forced Seitz to make a handful of saves just before the whistle.

FC Dallas' newest acquisition, midfielder Andrew Jacobson was a force in the center of the field for the third straight day. Near the 53rd minute, Jacobson beat a defender and muscled his way by a second before sending a cutting ball in for Galindo, who was making a run towards the near post. But, still stumbling from the second challenge, Jacobson put too much weight on his pass to Galindo and the ball shot over the end line for a goal kick.

Hyndman made several changes late in the second half to try to spur the FC Dallas attack. He brought on trialist Roberto Lopes, who nearly earned FC Dallas a penalty shot just before full time, and another FC Dallas Home Grown product Victor Ulloa. Ulloa also had a chance to beat Reis after Galindo intercepted a back pass to the goalkeeper, but again, Reis blocked the attempt on goal, this time with his body, despite being five yards outside his box.     

Scoring Summary:
NE - Sainey Nyassi ( Zack Schilawski) 10

Misconduct Summary:
NE - Didier Domi (caution) 85

FC Dallas - Chris Seitz (Josh Lambo 61), Moises Hernandez, Alexis Pradie, Scott Gordon (Roberto Lopes 65), Andrew Wiedeman, Bobby Warshaw, Eric Avila (Peri Marosevic 58), Bruno Guarda (Victor Ulloa 57), Andrew Jacobson, Bryan Leyva (Paul Ogunyemi 46), Maykel Galindo.

New England - Matt Reis - Zak Boggs, A.J. Soares, Ryan Cochrane, Didier Domi - Sainey Nyassi (Ryan Kinne 70), Pat Phelan, Stephen McCarthy, Chris Tierney (Seth Sinovic 89) - Ilija Stolica, Zack Schilawski (Kheli Dube 70).