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Looking Back: The 2015 Series Between FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes

FRISCO - For the first time this season, FC Dallas will face a familiar foe as they take on the San Jose Earthquakes this Saturday at Toyota Stadium. Last season, FCD went up against the Earthquakes three times and got the better of the matchup, winning two games and tying one. As coach Oscar Pareja prepares his squad for this weekend’s match, let’s take a look at all three games between FCD and San Jose from last season:

 

FC Dallas 1 San Jose Earthquakes 0 - Saturday March 7, 2015

 

Dallas opened their 2015 campaign in dramatic fashion when they went up against San Jose at Toyota Stadium thanks to a late goal from former FCD striker Blas Perez.

 

The game saw neither team being able to find the back of the net throughout the majority of the game, with both teams totaling 20 shots, but only having seven on target, with Dallas having the advantage with 11 and five respectively. FCD were the aggressors in the first half, notably Perez who had three shots with two on goal as San Jose’s heads-up defensive efforts were able to squander any potential goals.

 

Just when it looked like the game was going to end in a scoreless draw, FCD finally broke through in the 92nd minute. With a flying cross going inside the penalty box, San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham punched the ball out for the clearance. The ball landed in front of defender Moises Hernandez who was able to get the ball to Perez for the game-winning header in front of the home crowd.

 

FC Dallas 0 San Jose Earthquakes 0 - Sunday June 7, 2015

 

It was a game of red cards during this eventful scoreless draw between Dallas and San Jose with three players being sent off.

 

FCD were looking to bounce back from a 4-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City and made five changes to the starting line-up. Dallas was also missing leading scorer Perez who was away for international duty. 

 

It was a frustrating game as both teams struggled to even get a shot on goal, with 20 shots between both squads, but only three being on goal.

 

The game changed in the 53rd minute in what would be the theme of the match as referee Baldomero Toledo showed a straight red to San Jose defender Mark Sherrod after a collision with former FCD goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. It would continue to be an ugly game as former Dallas defender Je-Vaughn Watson and San Jose midfielder JJ Koval were shown red cards in the 75th and 87th minute respectively.

 

FC Dallas 2 San Jose Earthquakes 1 - Sunday October 25, 2015

 

FC Dallas ended their 2015 season the same way they started it with a win over San Jose at Toyota Stadium.

 

Looking to go into the playoffs on a high note, Dallas would find themselves down early in the first half. San Jose struck first in the 13th minute as forward Quincy Amarikwa used his crafty footwork to get through defenders and find the back of the net. 

 

Despite the early goal, Dallas stayed aggressive and finally equalized in the 38th minute. Forward Fabian Castillo used his speed to get past his defender and sent a cross inside the penalty box where midfielder Mauro Diaz was able to tap the ball in for the score.

 

Both teams were able to create plenty of chances in the second half, but a red card shown to San Jose midfielder Mitias Perez Garcia changed the game. With San Jose down to 10 men, Dallas was able to capitalize in the 79th minute thanks to midfielder Victor Ulloa. Ulloa dislodged the ball under San Jose’s defender and passed it to Castillo, who found Ulloa again inside the box as the homegrown player threaded the ball between Bingham's legs and into the back of the net.