FC Dallas' late surge falls short in 2-1 loss

July, 19, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Marvin Chavez scored against his former team and Alan Gordon added his eighth goal of the season to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas on Wednesday.

San Jose had to withstand an 89th-minute goal from Hernan Pertuz and a missed penalty kick in the 94th minute by Jair Benitez.

The Earthquakes (13-4-4) widened their lead in the Supporters' Shield race to seven points clear of Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City. San Jose is unbeaten at home in Buck Shaw Stadium since Aug. 13, an 8-0-3 run.

FC Dallas (4-10-7) ended a 13-match winless streak Saturday, but couldn't continue its momentum, despite the debut of newly acquired designated player Julian de Guzman, traded last week by Toronto FC.

FCD's defense looks to string two wins

July, 18, 2012
The San Jose Earthquakes avoided matching their longest winless streak of the season with their most lopsided victory of 2012 last week. Now, they'll look to solidify their MLS lead when they take on an FC Dallas club that's played strong defense during a four-game unbeaten run.

The Earthquakes face Dallas for the second time in three games as they try to continue their home dominance in the series Wednesday night.

San Jose (12-4-4) played Dallas to a scoreless draw July 7, failing to break through as Dallas twice cleared the ball off its goal line and Kevin Hartman made spectacular saves on Shea Salinas and Chris Wondolowski in the final 10 minutes.

That left the Earthquakes on the verge of tying their season high of three straight games without a victory, but they convincingly averted that Saturday. Wondolowski recorded a hat trick to give him a league-best 17 goals as San Jose defeated Real Salt Lake 5-0.

Wondolowski, held to three goals in his previous seven games, earned MLS player of the week honors.

The victory moved the Earthquakes four points up on Salt Lake in the Western Conference. San Jose can further expand its lead Wednesday in advance of Salt Lake's next contest this weekend, but the league's highest-scoring team will take on a Dallas club that has been tough to crack defensively of late.

Dallas (4-7-9) has given up two goals in going 1-0-3 in its last four and earned its first victory in 14 games Saturday, 2-1 over Colorado. Fabian Castillo's goal in the 81st minute put Dallas in the win column for the first time since April 14.

"Once we start collecting more wins then we can start thinking about celebrating," said Castillo, who also assisted on Carlos Rodriguez's tying goal in the 60th.

Hartman has only faced 12 shots over the last four games after opponents put 36 on goal in the previous six. Dallas went 0-5-1 in that stretch as Hartman allowed 12 goals.

"We're a group that really works hard and it has been disappointing to put together a winless streak as long as it was," Hartman said after the victory. "There hasn't been a lot of rewarding ourselves lately, so to have gotten a win in a very difficult environment tonight, it means a lot to us."

San Jose has proved to be a challenging environment for Dallas to earn victories, going 1-2-4 in its last seven there. The Earthquakes won 4-2 on Oct. 22 in the last matchup at Buck Shaw Stadium, with Simon Dawkins scoring twice for San Jose.

Dallas has been shut out in four of those last seven road meetings and is 1-1-7 away from home this season.

Wondolowski had recorded three goals in the previous two matchups with Dallas before he was denied by Hartman on July 7. One of the shots Dallas cleared off the goal line also came from Wondolowski.

Fabian Castillo quenches winless drought

July, 14, 2012

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Fabian Castillo scored in the 81st minute and FC Dallas ended a 13-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Colorado on Saturday.

Castillo assisted on the game-tying goal by Carlos Rodriguez in the 60th minute. Rodriguez also had an assist for FC Dallas (4-9-7).

FC Dallas had not won since beating Montreal on April 14. The team was 0-7-6 since.

Omar Cummings scored in the 50th minute for Colorado (7-11-1) The Rapids lost for the third straight time, matching their season high.

Colorado won the earlier meeting 2-0 on May 6 in Dallas.

Castillo took the cross from Rodriguez in the slot and drilled a shot past keeper Matt Pickens. It was the second goal of the year for Castillo.

Ricardo Villar had just missed a shot for FC Dallas off a steal by Brek Shea in the 48th minute when Conor Casey got the ball on the FC Dallas side of the field.

Casey passed to Cummings along the west sideline. Cummings took several strides and connected on a shot between the legs of goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.

Rodriguez tied it with his first goal of the year in the 60th minute off a cross from Castillo. Castillo found Rodriguez alone for a header.

Hartman made a leaping save to deny Cummings a potential go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute.

The Rapids dominated play in the first half, but had nothing to show for it. Cummings sailed a header past the right post in the 10th minute off a cross from Drew Moor.

Jaime Castrillon missed the right post with a header in the 13th minute and pushed a header over the crossbar in the 18th minute. Martin Rivero's corner kick set up a header by Jeff Larentowicz, but the shot went well beyond the left post in the 24th minute.

The best chance of the half for FC Dallas came in the 36th minute when Castillo got a pass to Shea in front of the goal after getting past Colorado defender Marvell Wynne. Shea couldn't control the ball well enough and managed a harmless shot into the stands.

FC Dallas looking to add scoring punch

July, 14, 2012
The Colorado Rapids are hoping newcomer Tyson Wahl can help shore up their defense.

A trade for Julian de Guzman could help FC Dallas increase its scoring opportunities.

Colorado tries to avoid back-to-back home losses for the first time in four years Saturday night while Dallas looks to end its franchise-record 13-match winless stretch.

After Drew Moor's botched play led to the only goal in a 1-0 home loss to Vancouver on July 4, the Rapids (7-10-1) gave up two scores off corner kicks in last Saturday's 2-1 loss at Seattle.

"You've got to be big, you've got to be strong, but unfortunately that's what's killed us now," Moor told the league's official website.

Perhaps the 6-foot-2 Wahl can help with that after being acquired from Montreal on Friday for a 2014 international roster spot.

"Tyson is a natural left-footed defender with good skill and size," Rapids technical director Paul Bravo told the club's official website. "We're excited to be able to add such an experienced player without compromising our roster flexibility as we move into the second half of the season."

The Rapids, who last dropped two straight at home July 27 and Aug. 9, 2008, open a stretch of three matches in eight days with their second game against Dallas this season.

Jaime Castrillon and Martin Rivero scored in the second half to help Colorado snap a four-game road losing streak and defeat Dallas 2-0 on May 6. That was also FC Dallas' first home loss of 2012 after opening 3-0-2.

Dallas (3-9-7) makes its lone trip to Commerce City this season -- it lost 1-0 there Oct. 1 for its first 0-4 skid in MLS play since 2004 -- without a win since April 14 against the Impact.

However, coach Schellas Hyndman's club is coming off three consecutive draws, the latest scoreless with Western Conference-leading San Jose last Saturday.

Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has surrendered just one goal during that stretch.

"Maybe our luck is changing a little bit defensively, so now if we could get a few goals, it would allow us to enjoy the fruits of our labor," Hartman said.

The team hopes de Guzman can deliver some offensive punch after he was acquired from Toronto on Friday for midfielder Andrew Wiedeman.

"He also has a bit of toughness to him that will help us win 50-50 balls and control the central midfield," Hyndman told Dallas' official website of de Guzman.

Midfielder David Ferreira, the 2010 MLS MVP, is coming off his first start in 14 months due to a leg fracture, and midfielder Ricardo Villar returned last Saturday after missing 13 games due to a right foot injury. But Dallas leading scorer Blas Perez (five goals) could miss a fifth consecutive league match with a right foot sprain.

It's uncertain if Rapids first-year coach Oscar Pareja -- a former FC Dallas player, assistant coach and director of player development -- will start Omar Cummings, who is working his way back from a sprained ankle that sidelined him for more than a month.

Cummings scored his fourth of the season last Saturday as a second-half substitute.

FC Dallas, 0-3-2 in its last five games at Colorado, is trying to avoid its first five-game road losing streak since Aug. 21-Oct. 9, 2004.

FC Dallas, Leon to square off in friendly

July, 12, 2012
FC Dallas will host newly ascended Mexican First Division club Leon FC at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Pizza Hut Park.

Leon, a five-time First Division champion, returned to Mexico's top group in the spring after 10 years in the lower ranks. The club is enjoying a good Apertura 2012 preseason, topping Cruz Azul, Pumas and defending champion Santos.

FC Dallas forward Blas Perez spent the 2010-11 season with Leon, where he scored 19 goals in 28 appearances.

FC Dallas' win drought reaches 13 with draw

July, 7, 2012
FRISCO, Texas -- Defenders Hernan Pertuz and Carlos Rodriguez each cleared shots off the goal line and Kevin Hartman made two spectacular saves in the final 10 minutes to preserve a 0-0 tie for FC Dallas against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

The tie was the third in a row for FC Dallas (3-9-7), the Western Conference's worst team, and extended their franchise-record winless streak to 13 games (0-7-6).

The result allowed San Jose (11-4-4) to maintain its spot atop the MLS overall standings and preserved the league's best road record at 6-3-2.

After captain Ramiro Corrales was ejected in the 80th minute for his second yellow card within three minutes, San Jose was forced to finish the match with 10 men for the first time this season.

Still, the Earthquakes had two prime opportunities down the stretch but were unable to solve Hartman, who made outstanding saves on Shea Salinas and Chris Wondolowski in the final minutes for his MLS-record 109th career shutout.

Dallas pushed forward until the final whistle, but its last-gasp attempt in the 93rd minute, a 30-yard blast from Rodriguez, was expertly punched out by Earthquake goalkeeper Jon Busch.

Busch made three saves for his fourth shutout of the season.

Each side had chances to snap the scoreless tie in the first half.

Dallas nearly took the 1-0 lead in the 31st minute when Busch slid out to stop a shot from Brek Shea, but was unable to corral the ball.

The loose rebound bounced out to Fabian Castillo about 15 yards out, and his shot deflected off Busch and then was blocked by defender Justin Morrow.

Six minutes later, San Jose came close when Wondolowski sprinted past Pertuz into the penalty area alone. As Hartman came out at him, Wondolowski, the MLS' leading scorer with 14 goals, chipped it over him for what appeared to be a goal, but Pertuz hustled back and managed to clear the ball just before it reached the goal line.

San Jose nearly got the game's first goal in the 58th minute when a corner kick found Corrales on the far side of the box for a volley shot that bounced past Hartman, but this time, Rodriguez was there to clear it off the goal line.

Dallas' best chance in the second half came in the 76th minute when Jackson drilled a 20-yard blast just over the crossbar.

The match marked the return to the starting lineup of Dallas star David Ferreira, the 2010 MLS MVP who led the squad to the MLS Cup Final that year. Ferreira, making his second appearance and first start after missing 45 games due to ankle and foot fractures sustained April 23, 2011, played all 90 minutes.

In addition to Ferreira, FC Dallas also got the return of midfielder Ricardo Villar, who missed the previous 13 games due to a right foot injury. Villar entered the match as a second-half substitute and registered a shot in the 73rd minute.

FC Dallas looks to end 12-game win drought

July, 7, 2012
The San Jose Earthquakes saw their three-game winning streak end earlier this week without having their starting goalkeeper available.

The Western Conference-leading Earthquakes hope to have Jon Busch back in net when they try to start a new run Saturday night with a visit to last-place FC Dallas.

San Jose (11-4-3) is trying to stay ahead of Real Salt Lake for first place in the West, and it's currently three points up with a game in hand.

After closing June with three consecutive wins, the Earthquakes opened the new month on a disappointing note, losing 2-1 at Portland on Tuesday.

"We're a good team with a great attitude," said Alan Gordon, who scored his sixth goal -- tying him with Steven Lenhart for second on the team behind league leader Chris Wondolowski (14). "We take one game at a time and I feel that this team has something special.

"You know a lot of teams would hang their head after a loss like this. We just keep our heads looking forward and continue to push."

San Jose used backup goaltender David Bingham after Busch suffered a corneal abrasion that caused him to leave the team's 4-3 win over Los Angeles last Saturday. Busch, who has started 16 of the team's 18 games, is feeling better and is expected to return at Dallas.

It may not matter who starts. San Jose has yet to lose back-to-back games this season, while last-place FC Dallas is 0-7-5 during a franchise-record 12-game winless streak.

Dallas (3-9-6) had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Toronto on Wednesday after giving up the tying goal in the 31st minute. It was the sixth time during this drought that it scored first.

Even the return of David Ferreira, the 2010 MLS MVP who had been sidelined for more than a year with a broken ankle, couldn't help. He came on as a substitute in the 57th minute and took one shot.

"I thought we created some good chances in the second half when David went on," coach Schellas Hyndman told Dallas' official website. "I thought there was some good penetrating balls, whether the service wasn't there or the guy wasn't able to get to the ball or somebody blocked the shot."

Scoring has been an issue for Dallas, which has nine goals over its 0-7-5 stretch and two in the last three. Playing at home hasn't helped as Dallas has recorded three goals in its last six games in Frisco.

San Jose outscored Dallas 6-2 -- Wondolowski scored three times -- while sweeping last season's series after eight of the previous 11 meetings ended in a draw. The teams face each other again July 18.

FC Dallas hangs on for tie vs. Toronto FC

July, 4, 2012
FRISCO, Texas -- Kevin Hartman made a lunging hand save in the 84th minute to preserve FC Dallas' 1-1 draw with Toronto FC on Wednesday night.

Zach Loyd scored in the fifth minute for FC Dallas (3-9-6). The 38-year-old Hartman, playing in his MLS-record 400th career game, helped the club avoid a loss but it still extended a franchise-record winless streak to 12 matches (0-8-4).

"It's obviously a pretty big accomplishment for me," Hartman said of the milestone.

"When I was a kid, all I wanted to do was play soccer a lot, play professionally, so to play 400 league games means a lot to me. I thought we did everything we needed to get the three points. It was disappointing."

"I thought we gave everything we possibly had to in the game," said Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman. "It's not what we wanted but it wasn't through a lack of effort on their part."

Danny Koevermans tied it for Toronto (2-10-4) in the 31st minute with his ninth of the season.

"I can't speak highly enough of my boys, taking the game to Dallas in the second half," said Toronto coach Paul Mariner, whose squad is unbeaten (1-0-4) in their past five. "I thought maybe we didn't get off to the greatest start but we fought back well."

"It was perfect. They had us 1-0 and we had to fight back and we did it," said Koevermans, who has scored in five straight games. "We got some chances, so I think a draw is a good result for us."

David Ferreira, who won the 2010 MLS MVP award and led Dallas to that year's MLS Cup final, returned after a 14-month absence following a broken ankle in April 2011 that required multiple surgeries. The 32-year-old Ferreira entered the match as a substitute in the 57th minute.

"I think having David back, you could tell the way that he kind of orchestrates our entire attack," Hartman said. "Tonight, he showed that. I think seeing things like that really excite us, having a guy like that back."

"When I saw David on the bench, I knew what was coming," Mariner added. "Really, really pleased to see David back. He's a very special player in this league. No one wants to see great players away from their team."

Dallas nearly regained the lead in the 33rd minute, but Toronto goalkeeper Milos Kocic got a hand on Fabian Castillo's 15-yard blast, deflecting it just enough for it to slam off the crossbar.

Toronto's best chance for a late game-winner came in the 84th minute when Torsten Frings' corner kick sailed into the penalty area for a header by Koevermans that forced Hartman to make the best of his three saves on the night.

"So close, great save from Hartman," Koevermans said. "I thought it was going in the moment I hit it, I thought, 'This is the winner,' but it was a fantastic save."

"Fortunately I was able to get a good read on it and get a good push and turn it away," Hartman said. "It felt good to get a big save and keep us with a point and keep us going in the right direction."

David Ferreira could return to FC Dallas on 4th

July, 3, 2012
In last place in the Western Conference and mired in a franchise-worst 11-match winless streak, FC Dallas is in need of some help.

Assistance may be on its way with the possible return of midfielder David Ferreira before Dallas faces a team it has dominated.

Ferreira, who has been sidelined for more than a year with a broken ankle, could return to the pitch as Dallas hosts last-place Toronto FC on Wednesday night.

FC Dallas (3-9-5) has tumbled down the standings after a 3-2-1 start. The club set a franchise record for consecutive games without a win after a scoreless draw against Chivas USA on June 23 dropped it to 0-7-4 in its last 11.

Kevin Hartman, who is in line to become the first MLS player to make 400 appearances in this match, made one save for his second shutout this season and first since April 5. It was the fourth time FC Dallas failed to score in a match and 10th time they were held to one or no goals during their winless streak.

While it's been a difficult two months for Dallas, it could be in good position to end the winless stretch Wednesday. The club is optimistic Ferreira, the 2010 MLS MVP, could return for his first league game since breaking his ankle in Vancouver on April 23, 2011.

Ferreira helped lead Dallas to the MLS Cup finals in 2010 with 10 goals and 16 assists that year. He had three goals in six matches in 2011 before being injured.

"More than anything, I'm just happy for him to hopefully get his opportunity to get back on the field," teammate Daniel Hernandez told Dallas' official website. "I know it's been a rough 15 months for him."

Besides the potential return of Ferreira, Dallas could also be helped by facing a team it has dominated. After losing the first meeting in 2007, Dallas has won three straight and gone unbeaten in nine matches (6-0-3) against Toronto. FC Dallas is 4-0-1 at home against Toronto (2-10-3), which has the fewest points in the MLS.

Ferreira has three assists in four games versus Toronto.

Toronto opened the season with an MLS-record nine straight losses, but has taken points in five of six matches. It is coming off a 1-all draw against New York last Saturday, with Danny Koevermans scoring the tying goal in the sixth minute.

"I think what you can recognize a little bit is that it's not beautiful flowing football, but we are a little harder to beat than we have been in the past," said coach Paul Mariner, who took over from Aron Winter on June 7.

Toronto is 1-1-3 since Mariner took over, outscoring opponents 9-8 after being outscored 21-8 under Winter.

Midfielder Eric Avila will face his former team for the first time since a midseason trade to Toronto last year. In 12 games this season, he has one goal and one assist.

Toronto, which won 3-0 at Montreal on June 27 for its first road win this season, has never won consecutive league road matches since joining the MLS in 2007.

Draw extends winless streak to FCD-record 11

June, 23, 2012

FRISCO, Texas -- Dan Kennedy finished with three saves to help Chivas USA tie FC Dallas 0-0 on Saturday.

With the tie, FC Dallas (3-9-5) extended its winless streak to 11 games to set a new club record. The previous record of 10 games without a win was from July 2 to Sept. 10, 2005.

FC Dallas is 0-7-4 during its winless streak and has been shutout four times during that span. Chivas USA is 5-7-4 and salvaged a tie despite only managing a season-low two shots. FC Dallas finished with 13 shots.

In the 65th minute, FC Dallas' Brek Shea had a clear shot from 10 yards which Kennedy batted away near the bottom left corner of the net. Kennedy also made a diving save in the 28th minute after Jackson Goncalves fired a shot from near midfield that forced Kennedy to dive to his right to punch away the shot.

Shea played for the first time since May 12 against Columbus, missing the last four games due to a combination of a three-game suspension and an injured left foot.

Shea, who led the team in goals last season, almost left the game in the 19th minute after he collided with Kennedy on a run to the net. Dallas was already missing four starters due to injury from its opening day starting 11.

Both teams have struggled to score goals all season with neither team scoring more than two goals in any game.

FC Dallas tries to end skid vs. Chivas USA

June, 23, 2012
FC Dallas is on the brink of recording its longest winless streak in team history, but a matchup with Chivas USA might help it avoid that dubious feat.

While attempting to end its 10-game drought, Dallas will seek to continue its mastery of a potentially fatigued Chivas squad Saturday night.

FC Dallas (3-9-4) matched its winless streak from July 2-Sept. 10, 2005, with a contentious 2-1 loss at rival Houston last Saturday. Before giving up the go-ahead goal in the 76th minute, Dallas players were involved in a brief tussle after defender Jair Benitez hit Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark in the head.

Benitez is suspended for his team's attempt to snap an 0-7-3 skid and the start of a season-high three-game homestand.

"I think we're getting to the point in the season where we really need to get results," defender Zach Loyd told the league's official website. "We keep dropping in the standings with less and less games to make up points so I think with the three-game home stretch here, we're shooting for nine points."

FC Dallas will now be facing a team it's beaten four straight times, and Chivas USA (5-7-3) will also be playing its third match in eight days.

Chivas has already earned one victory during its hectic stretch, 2-1 over Montreal on Wednesday, as Juan Pablo Angel broke the tie in the 82nd minute with his third goal in five games. The club's second win in nine league matches snapped a three-game winless drought.

"Certainly we gained some confidence out of doing some things well in this game and ultimately getting a result," coach Robin Fraser said. "We have to regroup and get ourselves ready for what's going to be a difficult game. Regardless of Dallas' record, they're a team full of good players. For anyone to take them lightly would be ridiculous."

Chivas probably won't do that because it hasn't scored in each of its last two games in Dallas, dropping both by 1-0 margins. FC Dallas has won 2-1 in each of the other two recent matchups, both on the road.

Brek Shea opened the scoring during a win in Southern California last June but is questionable for this game because of a bruised foot. Leading scorer Blas Perez, George John and Ricardo Villar are listed as questionable while four other players remain out, most notably David Ferreira.

Chivas forward Jose Correa and midfielder Miller Bolanos remain questionable while four other players are expected to sit out.

FC Dallas' slump continues with loss to Dynamo

June, 16, 2012

HOUSTON -- Adam Moffat scored his first goal of the season in the 76th minute to give the Houston Dynamo a 2-1 win over FC Dallas on Saturday night.

Moffat converted a big rebound for Houston (5-4-4) after FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman made a save on a corner kick by Brad Davis.

FC Dallas (3-9-4) is winless in its last 10 games and played the last 26 minutes with just 10 players after Jair Benitez was given a red card. Benitez hit Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark in the head.

That play started a minor scrum between both teams, but cooler heads prevailed.

Jackson Goncalves tied the score in the 59th minute when he put a rebound past Tally Hall after Scott Sealy's initial shot caromed off Dynamo Houston defender Jermaine Taylor.

Both teams created multiple scoring chances in the first half, but Houston grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third minute on Bruin's goal. FC Dallas defender Hernan Pertuz tried to clear the ball, but his attempt deflected off Bruin and past Hartman from about eight yards out.

Dallas had six shots in the first half and nearly tied the score twice. The best chance came in the 16th minute when Sealy beat Hall from 15 yards out, but his left-footed shot hit the far post.

Hall finished with three saves, and Houston improved to 9-3-7 all time against FC Dallas and 6-1-3 at home against its intrastate rivals.

FC Dallas visits rival Houston Dynamo

June, 16, 2012
The Houston Dynamo haven't been satisfied with their play, but some time at home could help them get on track.

The Dynamo look to stay undefeated at their new stadium when they meet FC Dallas on Saturday night.

Houston (4-4-4) is tied for sixth place in the Eastern Conference and is hoping to make a move over the next few weeks while taking advantage of a favorable stretch in its schedule.

The Dynamo play four of their next five and seven of nine at BBVA Compass Stadium, where they have allowed one goal in going 2-0-1 since it opened May 12.

As promising as its home play has been, Houston was unable to carry that defensive effort over in a 3-1 loss at Vancouver on Sunday. The Dynamo played their first seven games on the road, winning their first two, but have since gone 0-4-3 away from home.

Houston's players said coach Dominic Kinnear made a point by placing the club's record on a board during a recent practice, urging the team to stick together.

"Regardless of how many games we've had on the road, we're a team that feels that we should be at the top of the standings," captain Brian Ching told the Dynamo's official website. "We're not there and he was just showing us the reality of it."

Houston will try to get this crucial home stretch off to a good start against rival FC Dallas (3-8-4) in a matchup for the El Capitan trophy, and the Dynamo appear to have an edge.

Dallas is two points out of last place in the Western Conference and has gone 0-6-3 in its last nine MLS games. The team has been off from league play since a 3-2 road loss to Real Salt Lake on May 26, and it also fell 2-0 to Charlotte in a U.S. Open Cup match three days later.

Dallas' winless streak is its longest since a 10-game stretch in 2005.

"Coach (Schellas Hyndman) kind of gave us a good analogy the other day," goalkeeper Chris Seitz said after the defeat to Charlotte. "We used to be the team that refused to lose, and we've got to get a little bit of that back."

While second-leading scorer Brek Shea has completed a three-game suspension after kicking the ball at an assistant referee in a 2-1 loss at Columbus on May 12, he will miss Saturday's match with turf toe. Forward Ugo Ihemelu is also out with concussion symptoms.

Their absences won't help a club that has been outscored 15-7 while going 0-6-1 away from home. Dallas hasn't gone winless in eight straight road matches since an 0-7-1 stretch in 2003.

Dallas has two wins in its last 11 games against Houston and was 1-6-3 all-time at the Dynamo's previous venue, Robertson Stadium.

FC Dallas ready to put squeeze on Houston

June, 14, 2012

Coming to ESPN2 on Saturday night: Major League Soccer's Texas Derby (pronounced "darby"), between FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo.

And oh, Dallas is ready. Like, really. Just check the video, in which players like Brek Shea use all sorts of instruments -- crutches, paintball guns, large trucks, you name it -- to smash the fruit most reminiscent of the orange-clad Houston Dynamo.

Hey, even manager Schellas Hyndman joins the orange crush ...

FC Dallas injury update: a mixed bag on the news front

June, 5, 2012
After taking last Thursday and Friday off from training, FC Dallas returned to the practice field in Frisco on Monday morning and besides Blas Perez and Carlos Rodriguez, both of whom are with the Panamanian national team, there were several other players absent from the session. Here’s a breakdown from FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman.

M/F Fabian Castillo (sprained left ankle)

Castillo has been recently sidelined with some ankle issues but the good news is he’s returned to the practice field.

Hyndman’s Take: He’s fine. He’s training again.

CB Ugo Ihemelu (concussion symptoms)

Hyndman had said last week before the U.S. Open Cup loss to Charlotte that the team was giving their current captain some pills to help with his headaches. Here’s an update:

Hyndman’s Take: I think they made some progress but still, he didn’t train today.

CB George John (left USOC game early as precaution)

John had left the USOC loss to Charlotte during the first half as a precaution as it was thought he might have a concussion. However, it appears he has no symptoms, another bit of good news for Dallas.

Hyndman’s Take: George, seems to be all right but again, precautionary. So we’ll make some decisions on that as well.

CB Zach Loyd (see George John)

Like John, Loyd also left the Open Cup loss in the first half as a precaution with a potential concussion. But the major difference between his and Big George’s situation is that Loyd required stitches while John did not.

Hyndman’s Take: Zach got quite a few stitches, I think 20 stitches across the eye, so it was a pretty bad cut. The swelling has gone down obviously quite a bit. Stitches come out tomorrow. We were also a little concerned there might have been some phase of concussion, so what we did today was just let him work a little bit in tennis shoes and on fitness depending on if there was any throbbing pain or anything but he seemed to have gotten through it OK. From what he’s telling me, he doesn’t really have any of those symptoms, so I think he’s going to be all right.

M Brek Shea (turf toe)

Besides serving a three-game suspension after kicking a ball at a referee, Shea has also recently been bothered by a rather nasty case of turf toe. Hyndman offers an update, which might cast his availability for the next game on June 16 at Houston into some doubt.

Hyndman’s Take: Brek’s not training yet. We’re hoping for about another week. He’s out there jogging a little bit, so he’s out of his boot. That’s a good sign.