FCD blown out in pre-season opener

Although they had some positive play, FC Dallas got blown out by the Houston Dynamo in Corpus Christi yesterday by a 4-0 scoreline. Dallas was let down by an inexperienced back line and showed some real deficiencies in set plays.

“It’s not the plan to come in here and lose 4-0, but we’re so far behind right now compared to where they are with training time,” said FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman. “But, it gives us a chance to look at players. All four goals had the same characteristics (set pieces). What we need to do is just continue to work.”

The first goal came in the 9th minute on an own goal by rookie draft pick Alexis Pradie, meaning FCD starts 2011 how they ended 2010.

Goal number two came off a corner when Jeff Cameron headed in the Brad Davis corner in minute 29.

In minute 39 Brad Davis notched goal three for Houston on a free kick.

After wholesale changes for the second half, the final Houston goal came in injury time when Dallas rookie Scott Gordon took down Jamaican Steven Morrissey in the box. Danny Cruz took the PK which Chris Seitz couldn't save.

One alarming incident of note occurred in the first half, according to this report in the Houston Chronicle, Jair Benitez got into some kind of altercation with Cameron and Davis in which Benitez spit in Jeff Cameron's face.

Seconds after the third goal, the players had to be separated before they lined up for the kickoff. The game was marred when Benitez and Cameron exchanged more than words.

“I think he’s an unprofessional player,” Cameron said of Benitez. “It’s just one of those things that he came up to me and it took me every ounce of my energy not to punch him in the face, hit him or retaliate. But I’m a better professional than he is. I just kind of turned my shoulder a little bit and shrugged it off.

“The scoreboard speaks for itself. It was 3-0 and it was on his field when he played. It’s one of those things that you have to let it rub off and not focus on it.”

Benitez appeared stunned when asked about the incident.

“No, he also spit (at) me,” Benitez said in Spanish. “That’s why I spit (at) him, but it’s because he spit. He’s a player that was telling me about everything. That’s why he spit (at) me and I also spit (at) him.”

Soccer America also had a few quotes form some Houston players, some of whom accused Benitez of being a dirty player.

Ching's view: “I think he’s a dirty player. We don’t need that type of player in this league. He’s a good player. But you definitely don’t need that extra antic on the field. There’s no room for it.”

As of this morning, FC Dallas says there have been fines, suspensions, or repercussions from the incident.

Coach Hyndman wasn't particularly pleased with the result. “We’ve got to get our guys healthy,” said Hyndman. “I think it’s a different game with George (John) and Heath (Pearce) and Ugo (Ihemelu) out there. I’m more concerned about our performance in the first half than in the second half. In the first half, we went against, basically, their first team and we had what we consider some of our better players on the field, but the thought right now is let’s get back to work.”

You can find some pictures of the action here at the bottom of the page. Strangely Alexis Pradie (#33) is in almost every pic.

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo

February 12, 2011 -- Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi TX

Preseason friendly

Scoring Summary:

HOU -- Own goal (Alexis Pradié) 8

HOU -- Geoff Cameron (Brad Davis) 29

HOU -- Brad Davis (unassisted) 40

HOU -- Danny Cruz (penalty kick) 93+

FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman (Chris Seitz 46), Jackson (Andrew Wiedeman 46), Bobby Warshaw (Bruno Guarda 71), Alexis Pradié, Jair Benitez (Moises Hernandez 46), Marvin Chavez (Sheldon Palmer 46, Jason Yeisley 71), Eric Alexander (Bruno Martins 46), Eric Avila (Ricardo Villar 42, Brayan Martinez 72), Brek Shea (Bim Ogunyemi 46, Bryan Leyva 71), David Ferreira (Scott Gordon 46), Milton Rodriguez (Ruben Lunan 29, Maykel Galindo 71).

Houston Dynamo -- Tally Hall (Tyler Deric 46), Kofi Sarkodie (Lovel Palmer 46), Eddie Robinson (Bobby Boswell 46), Andrew Hainault (Jermaine Taylor 46), Mike Chabala (Hunter Freeman 46), Corey Ashe (Danny Cruz 46), JeVaughn Watson (Richard Edwards 46), Geoff Cameron (Lester Peltier 46), Brad Davis (Josue Soto 46, Francisco Navas Cobo 76), Brian Ching (Cam Weaver 46), François Swaby (Steven Morrissey 46).

Misconduct Summary:

FCD -- Eric Alexander (caution) 10

Referee: Jasen Anno

Referee's Assistants: Sean Hurd; Adam Garner

4th official: Ismail Elfath

Attendance: 5,432

Weather: Clear-and-60-degrees