FRISCO – There are dull 0-0 draws and there are exciting scoreless games. Tonight you have to say falls into the second category as FC Dallas gave San Jose their first road shutout of the season with some spectacular defensive plays.
1) FC Dallas knew the aerial threat that San Jose forward Alan Gordon posed and the big man was able to free MLS Golden Boot leader Chris Wondolowski through on goal with a flicked header in the 36th minute. Wondolowski was able to chip the ball over an onrushing Kevin Hartman, but Hernan Pertuz never gave up on the play, spectacularly clearing the ball off the line less than a foot from goal. Pertuz was solid defensively all night and his game-saving play was the most exciting moment of the first half.
2) Dallas was forced into some more last-ditch defending late in the game as San Jose, a team with a league-leading 13 goals in the last 15 minutes of games, pushed for the late winner. It was Matt Hedges and Kevin Hartman who stepped up on this occasion. In the 84th minute, the Quakes broke Dallas’ offside trap, springing Shea Salinas and Wondolowski in on goal. Hedges was able to get a piece of Salinas’ shot with a sprawling effort and Hartman was able to clean up the rest to keep the game scoreless.
3) It wasn’t looking good for Dallas as Chris Wondolowski, perhaps the deadliest striker in the league, broke the offside trap again late in the game bearing down on Hartman’s goal. The all-time MLS shutout leader was able to make a big save on Wondo’s right-footed effort while smothering the rebound to preserve his third shutout of the season and MLS record 109th of his career.