Dallas Soccer: Chris Seitz
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.
Opening thoughts on the game:
"I thought we came out prepared to play. A couple pretty severe injuries came up. You lose George [John] and Zach [Loyd] in eight minutes. I think it affected us so much so that it gave up the goal, and it might have even been their first shot on goal. I thought that Charlotte did the things that they needed to do to come away with a victory. Every time we tried to do something, we might have been our own worst enemy. I'm disappointed because I thought this was a really good opportunity to get back on track and get results. I'm disappointed, obviously, because it has Lamar Hunt's name on the trophy. I'm disappointed in our performance. I think a fan said it best, when we were coming off the field. He said the outcome was unacceptable. That was an unacceptable performance by our players."
On how the team has continually appeared to have bad luck throughout the season:
"You keep thinking that the ball bounces wrong, when we had two chances to score on that one flurry. We knocked some good balls across there, but we're just not doing enough. I have to believe that you make your own luck. Isn't it interesting that the guy who scores on the header is alone, and the guy who was supposed to mark him didn't? It's not about getting the right call or getting lucky, it's about making your own luck. We just had a poor performance."
On the few positives the team showed:
"I think we had some players that did well. I thought Jair Benitez played extremely well today. We had to move him from the left side, where he was very dominant, to the right side. Moises [Hernandez] came in and I wanted him to be in his comfort zone. He did fine for not getting a lot of playing time with us. Another one of the players that I thought did well was [Matt] Hedges. It wasn't the same performance that he has had over the past two games, but he is playing along with Andew Jacobson very well. Again, Andrew Jacobson did very well in the first half. He made things happen."
On if the upcoming break can help the team:
"It's not only the best thing for the team, it's the best thing for the coaches. The coaches have put in a lot of time and energy, and the players have put in a lot of work. The reality is a lot of those guys haven't been playing. I don't know if they were mentally tired, or if they just couldn't keep the pace up. We still have 19 games left in the MLS, so I think what we need to do right now is get some points and do things right."
On Jackson's red card:
"You know, you look at emotional intelligence. Jackson worked awfully hard. It was a nothing situation to get a red card on. If you're going to get a red card, there's a level on which that card should look like. It could be something silly or a hard play, but not to take a break and go get a shower. It's not worth that."
FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz
On losing two defenders in the first half to injury:
“It’s not one of those things where you look at as two players going off. For us it’s one of those things where we try to get the new guys involved in the game as quickly as possible. They get their first touch and we move on. It’s not one of those things you can really take a breath and be like, ‘Darn, they’re off the field.’ You don’t get that second. It’s all playing from there and you do the best you can. At the end of the day, we have a goal and we gave up, what? Two shots the whole game? And they scored two goals. We didn’t do our jobs today. We came out here and had probably one of our worst games. Now we have quite a while to rebuild and work hard. It’s one of those things where we have to come back stronger and there are no excuses.”
On the frustration of the first half of the season:
“It’s definitely been rough. It’s been one of those things where we’ve been in a lot of the games and we just haven’t been able to get the result. There’s really no sort of excuse to put out there for it. It’s one of those things where all we can really do is continue to work and come in here on those days we’ve got coming up and really put in the work to help us start turning some of those losses into ties and some of those ties into wins.”
On hitting the reset button for the second half:
“It’s one of those things where we have to work hard on both sides of the ball. Obviously, we’ve been giving up quite a few goals so we’re going to be working on our defensive shape. Coach gave us a good analogy the other day. We used to be a team that refused to lose and we’ve got to get a little bit of that back and really just push forward. We need to forget about what has already happened because there’s nothing we can do about it. We really need to get out there and make the most of every opportunity that we have.”
Head Coach Mark Steffens
“We’ve had a relatively tough season this year so far. We’ve had a ton of injuries. We’ve had guys come in late with visa problems and on and on. So we are finally getting our team together and we have played a lot better the last 10 days or so.”
“We feel like we are improving, so we knew it would be a tough battle. Obviously we didn’t think we would play with them; match-up straight up with them, so we definitely defended hard and then they’d block and we’d try and counter them a little here and there. They definitely had the better of the possession by quite a bit, but we’re real fortunate that we came out with a victory.”
On the two goals scored:
“Darryl Roberts is a really good finisher. He’s been hurt most of the season. He’s only played in about four games for us. So when he gets opportunities he puts them on frame, so that’s why we give him the ball in the box and we feel good about him putting stuff on frame or in goal when he gets the opportunity so he did that.”
“Then they were pushing up late in the game and we got it to Darryl again and he’s the one who beat one guy and slithered it across to an open runner, Nate Thorton. It was nothing more than being able to get that chance. You know, it was really only a one-nothing game.”
On Keeper Clinton Irwin’s performance:
“He’s really coming on strong. El Paso was his first game for us and he shut them out as well, so he’s really doing well as a first-year pro.”
“He helps us out because if you give up an early goal, which we have a lot this year, that kind of a mistake can flatten the whole team. So it’s really important you have a keeper who can come up with one or two big saves to keep you in the match.”
“He’s really been our second keeper all year. Our first keeper, Eric Reed, is just as good, so we feel fortunate to have two great keepers.”
Goalkeeper Clinton Irwin
“I thought we defended really well. We knew we were going to be under a lot of pressure, especially at the end of the game. We had had four games in ten days and it had started to take its toll. I think FC Dallas kind of had the same schedule, so we just battled together and defended well.”
“You get your hands on the ball in the first couple of minutes and you just get comfortable in there. After every save you just gain more and more confidence. The ball gets huge and the goal looks smaller and smaller for the forwards. It’s definitely a good feeling to have.”
On his contribution to the Eagles:
“I haven’t thought a lot about it, but I just wanted to do well and do my job. A lot of the credit has to go to the way we scored our goals. You know Darryl and Nate had two excellent finishes on our two clear-cut chances and that’s what you have to do. The next level is just be clinical with your chances.”
Dallas’ George John and Zach Loyd were forced out of the match after suffering injuries between the 24th and 41st minutes of play. Homegrown player Moises Hernandez replaced Loyd, while James Marcelin came on for John, but it was Charlotte’s substitution that made the biggest impact.
The Eagles’ Nate Thornton replaced Joseph Kwabe in the 40th minute. He needed just two minutes before he picked up an assist on a goal scored by Darryl Roberts. The play began with Thornton chasing down a long pass on the right flank and sending a cross to the back post for Roberts. There, the Trinidadian forward rose above his marker to nod a shot into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Dallas’ uphill battle got steeper in the 78th minute, when Jackson was ejected from the match following a collision with Irwin. The red card forced FC Dallas to play down a man for the remaining 12 minutes.
Pushing men forward in search of a game-saving goal, FC Dallas was caught on the counter-attack in the fourth minute of stoppage time. The Eagles’ combination of Thornton and Roberts hooked up again, this time in reverse, as Roberts received a pass on the left flank and played Thornton into space. One-on-one with FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz, Thornton calmly picked out the side-netting at the far post to give Charlotte the 2-0 victory.
How great is it going to be to get Blas Perez back for the Columbus game?
Hyndman: He’s the one that we brought in. He’s the one that’s going to help us get goals. I thought yesterday’s game in some ways was one of our better performances. If he’d been on the field, I think he would have found himself at least in front of the goal with the ball.
Jair Benitez has delivered strong performances in the last two games. Do you feel like his confidence is back up to where it was before his knee injury?
Hyndman: Yeah, he has. Confidence, I don’t know if it’s confidence. He had a little bit of an issue with his knee and LA game was a game where he was just coming back. I thought what he did in the Colorado game was he worked probably as hard as anybody on the field. I think now when you look at this game last night, I thought he was one of the bright spots.
Earlier in the week, you said you’d like to give one of the two games this week to Chris Seitz. Will he start Saturday against the Crew in goal or do you go with Kevin Hartman?
Hyndman: Yeah, Kevin’s played real well. I think what we’ll do is for all the tactical reasons, we’ll make that decision later.
1. Hartman or Seitz in Goal? ---FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman said after Sunday’s
2-0 loss to Colorado that he’d like to give one of the next two games to Chris Seitz. Will this be the game where the ex-Maryland Terrapin gets the nod or will Hyndman wait until Saturday night when Dallas visits Columbus to face the Crew? That decision was likely made after a short training session on Tuesday morning on the FC Dallas Stadium field.
2. Shea Back or Not? ---Brek Shea missed Sunday’s loss with a case of turf toe that has been bothering him for the last few weeks. He didn’t train on Monday but could still be in Hyndman’s first 11 for Wednesday. However, for that to happen, the 6-foot-4 native Texan will most likely have to have gone through Tuesday’s practice with little or no issues. If Shea was to miss the Seattle game, he would have to be considered a near lock to return to the pitch on Saturday night against the Crew.
3. Who’s in for Blas Perez Up Top? ---Hyndman may or may not have a tough decision on his hands. It all depends on how one views the situation. Conventional wisdom says the Dallas gaffer sticks with veteran Scott Sealy here even though Sealy’s results haven’t been all that notable since he returned to full health. Hyndman rolling the dice with a youngster like Ruben Luna would be an interesting move, but is likely not one he’d be willing to make, especially in the wake of having two starters out on suspension.
4. Is Marcelin Ready for Prime Time? ---Newly signed Haitian midfielder James Marcelin made his FCD debut on Sunday night, playing the entire second half at holding midfield and did well enough to earn solid reviews from Hyndman. The ex-SMU coach admits Marcelin isn’t match fit, but what other choice does he have than to start him at d-mid with starter Daniel Hernandez serving a suspension for this game? Not much of a choice at all, does he?
5. How Much Will FCD Have in the Tank for This One? ---Forget the fact that Dallas has just under 72 hours between games. Sunday’s loss took a lot out of FCD in several ways but playing two men down for the final 56 or so minutes will do that. And now that Hyndman’s club will hit the pitch on Wednesday night minus two starters, this is clearly an uphill battle for them to get any kind of favorable result against a team that is playing some good football right now. Schellas labeled Sounders FC as a tenacious team that is like a shark when they smell blood in the water. If that doesn’t describe FCD right now, then it’s hard to say what does.
6. (Bonus) Who Starts for Ugo Ihemelu? ---The captain is out with concussion symptons, either Matt Hedges or Hernan Pertúz will take his place. Earlier this year Pertúz would have been the obvious choice, but of late Hedges has done well filling in. Best guess at this point is Pertúz... or it could be Hedges... wait...
FC DALLAS STADIUM, Frisco, Texas
May 6, 2012
6 p.m. CT (Galavision; FS-SW;)
REFEREE: Mark Geiger.
MLS Career: 93 games; FC/gm: 26.4; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 18; pens: 31
SAR (bench): Steven Taylor;
JAR (opposite): James Conlee;
4th: Armando Villarreal
- FC DALLAS - OUT: MF David Ferreira (R foot surgery); MF Ricardo Villar (R foot strain); MF Andrew Wiedeman (sports hernia repair); MF Carlos Rodriguez (L elbow dislocation); MF Bobby Warshaw (R foot fracture); PROBABLE: GK Kevin Hartman (lower back spasms)
- COLORADO RAPIDS - OUT: DF Anthony Wallace (L Achilles tear); MF Pablo Mastroeni (headaches); MF Ross LaBauex (sports hernia); DF Marvell Wynne (R hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Jamie Smith (R knee ACL tear); PROBABLE: FW Conor Casey (L Achilles tear)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS:
DAL: Jair Benitez ...
COL: Jeff Larentowicz
ALL-TIME (53 meetings):
FC Dallas 25 wins (2 shootout), 87 goals ...
Rapids 18 wins (1 shootout), 64 goals ...
AT DALLAS (27 meetings):
FC Dallas 18 wins (2 shootout), 52 goals ...
Rapids 5 wins (1 shootout), 26 goals ...
7/14: Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas, 7 p.m. MT;
8/11: FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids, 8 p.m. CT
LAST YEAR (MLS):
4/8: DAL 3, COL 0 (Ihemelu 26; Ferreira 40, 46)
10/1: COL 1, DAL 0 (Moor 26)
- Each team won at home in their two meetings last year, the first two after Colorado's extra-time triumph in MLS Cup 2010 in Toronto.
- The last win for Colorado at Dallas came in 2008, while the last win for Dallas at Colorado came in 2007. But both teams won on the road in a fractious Western Conference Semifinal Series in 2006.
Schellas Hyndman vs. COL: P9 W2 L3 D4 ...
Oscar Pareja vs. DAL: first game
FC DALLAS TEAM NEWS
- FC Dallas took their first point on the road at LA, though they nearly pulled off a road victory. They have back-to-back games at FC Dallas Stadium before going on the road for four of the next five.
- Brek Shea has scored in each of the last two games - both goals coming on penalty kicks. He has scored the last three goals for FC Dallas.
- Shea took the penalty despite noticeably limping. He was taken off after 76 minutes in favor of Hernan Pertuz.
- Chris Seitz has started three consecutive games in goal in place of Kevin Hartman - the league's all-time career goalkeeping win leader - who has been sidelined with back spasms. FCD has allowed one goal in each of the three games.
- After missing back-to-back matches, Andrew Jacobson was able to return to the first XI, starting and playing 82 minutes. But during the week, FC Dallas lost Bobby Warshaw when he suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in a reserve match.
COLORADO RAPIDS TEAM NEWS
- The Rapids have lost four of their last five games - three of those on the road - and have allowed two goals in three of them as well.
-The Rapids uncorked a season-high 19 attempts at goal, putting seven on target.
- Jaime Castillon scored his second goal in MLS - his first came in the Rapids' second game, the 2-1 win at Philadelphia.
- Martin Rivero collected an assist for a second consecutive game, and now has three assists in five appearances since coming to Colorado.
- The Rapids were forced into one change in their back four the day before the match when center back Marvell Wynne suffered a hamstring strain in a training session at Gillette Stadium.
- Hunter Freeman made his first start for the Rapids since his first stint with the club ended in 2006, coming in for Kosuke Kimura at right back, who had started the first eight games.
- Conor Casey did not make the trip to New England, remaining behind to continue his comeback from injury.
“Thought he did very well, I thought he was really causing them a lot of problems as he was going in between the lines and getting touches,” FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman said on Monday of Jacobson’s performance against the Galaxy. “But you could tell the latter part of the game, he was finished.”
And Dallas could be getting No. 1 goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, who has now missed three straight games with back spasms, back as soon as Sunday’s visit from the Colorado Rapids.
“Yeah, we hope. We’ll have a chance to see how he progresses this week,” Hyndman said. “The nice thing is Chris [Seitz] has really played well these last two games, hasn’t he? Kevin got his chance in 2010 when Dario [Sala] made a huge mistake down in New England and he never gave that spot back. So got to be careful if you open a door too much too often, somebody might take it.”
However, it will be a bit longer before FCD supporters will see central midfielder Ricardo Villar, who has been out since the New England game with a foot injury, back on the pitch.
“No, just day-to-day, getting a lot closer,” Hyndman said.
However, looking at this thing a bit more realistically, it’s a fair statement to say that FCD was more than a bit lucky to leave the Home Depot Center with a point for several reasons. Here are a few of those:
Landon Donovan’s Shot off the Post Early in the Game---OK, so Donovan is the guy many fans love to hate and the angle wasn’t particularly a great one, but it wouldn’t have been a huge stretch to see No. 10 bury this one and put the home side up 1-0 early. Might have to check the video and see if FCD left back Jair Benitez wiped his brow in relief after this one drew iron as it was his misplay of Robbie Keane’s ball from the middle that allowed Donovan to even have a chance at the goal in the first place.
Roy Keane’s Missed PK Late in the First Half---Sure, PKs are never a 100 percent certainty no matter the level of play, but how many kicks has a guy with the resume of Keane missed in his life, much less had where he missed the goal completely? Like anyone could even know that, but it’s surely a pretty miniscule number, proving that once again, the soccer gods were on Benitez’s side since it was his shove to the back of Donovan that drew the PK in the first place.
David Beckham’s Missed Free Kick with About Five Minutes Remaining---We’ve all seen the highlights time and time again of Becks bending a free kick in for a goal, and the accomplished Brit almost did it again with about five minutes left in Saturday’s match. His effort ended up sailing a bit high but if it was down about a foot or so, it would have been in because he did an unbelievable job of bending his boot around the wall, so well that FCD goalkeeper Chris Seitz would have had no chance of even getting a finger on it.
DAL – Brek Shea (PK) 61
LAG – Pat Noonan (Chad Barrett) 92+
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Zach Loyd, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Jair Benitez, Jackson, Brek Shea (Hernan Pertuz 76), Daniel Hernandez, Andrew Jacobson (Matt Hedges 82), Fabian Castillo (Scott Sealy 93+), Blas Perez.
Substitutes Not Used: Richard Sanchez, Bruno Guarda, Bobby Warshaw, Ruben Luna.
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Blas Perez, Brek Shea, Jackson 3);
SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Brek Shea 2);
FOULS: 14 (Jair Benitez 3);
OFFSIDES: 3 (Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez, Jackson 1);
CORNER KICKS: 6 (Daniel Hernandez 2);
SAVES: 2 (Chris Seitz 2).
L.A. Galaxy – Bill Gaudette, Sean Franklin, David Junior Lopes (Pat Noonan 81), A.J. De La Garza, Todd Dunivant, Landon Donovan, Juninho, Mike Magee (Chad Barrett 74), Robbie Keane, Edson Buddle (Adam Cristman 74).
Substitutes Not Used: Brian Perk, Tommy Meyer, Bryan Jordan, Michael Stephens.
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Edson Buddle 4);
SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Pat Noonan, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane 1);
FOULS: 18 (Edson Buddle 7);
OFFSIDES: 4 (Robbie Keane 3);
CORNER KICKS: 4 (David Beckham 4);
SAVES: 4 (Bill Gaudette 4).
DAL – Brek Shea (caution) 4
DAL – Fabian Castillo (caution) 19
DAL – Jair Benitez (caution) 48
LAG – Bill Gaudette (caution)
LAG – Adam Cristman (caution) 83
LAG – David Beckham (caution) 95
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Peter Manikowski, Mike Kampmeinert
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Time of Game: 2:02
Weather: Clear, 64 degrees
On the performance:
“We withstood a lot of pressure. I’m really proud of the guys. They played as hard as they have, this is our third game in seven days and you couldn’t tell that we had just played on Wednesday night.”
On building consistency:
“This is our ninth game and we’ve had nine different lineups. We’ve yet to get any consistency, because people are getting call-ups or injuries or suspensions from the disciplinary committee, so for us to come out tonight and fight as long as we did against a very good team … I’m not worried about us.”
On how even the game was:
“We played a very good team tonight. I think if you look at everything from the stats we’re very similar all the way across. Both teams had great scoring chances. I think what we take away from this is, if you’re a fan watching it on TV you’ve got to love this type of soccer from both teams.”
On the Galaxy offense and the tying goal:
“I can’t think of a team in the league that you would want to be one goal up on at their home (less) than the Galaxy. Because they have so many weapons, they serve the ball so well, they’re very physical in the box, they’ve got a lot of firepower. That goal they got at the end was probably one of their weaker chances.”
On getting the first road point:
“Your whole mentality is to get points. For us we were talking about, we have yet to win on the road and we have yet to get a point on the road. We were two minutes away from getting that first win, but I’m proud that we come away with not only a point but, I think, one of our better performances to date.”
FC DALLAS GOALKEEPER CHRIS SEITZ
On FC Dallas’ first road point:
“Obviously we’ve had a nasty bit of luck as of late on the road so to get out of LA with a draw is not a bad thing. At the same time, we put ourselves in a great situation to win and I think the team defense for the majority of that game was outstanding. The guys put a lot of heart into what we were doing and the game plan.”
On the Galaxy’s late pressure and the tying goal:
“I don’t know how many guys they had forward at the end, but they definitely didn’t make it easy. They had great services coming into the box and they had big guys in there trying to win first and second balls. For a good 10-15 minutes we won the majority of the second balls, one squirted out and a guy was in the right place at the right time. It’s unlucky; we put in a heck of an effort.”
On Robbie Keane’s penalty kick:
“It’s one of those things where you just try to stay big. I thought he was going one way and he ended up going the other. I don’t know what he saw, but when you go to a side you just try to stay as big as possible and those things happen, so we were a bit fortunate with that.”
FC DALLAS MIDFIELDER BREK SHEA
Overall thoughts on the Galaxy:
“They spread us out well, they kept the ball well. They were hitting long balls into their forwards and they have big forwards that like to fight. I think our center backs and defenders did well, just unlucky.”
On getting the road point:
“Obviously we’re excited for the point, but it also sucks because I think we should’ve had three. I guess we’ve got to start somewhere. As much as it sucks, we have to look at it as a positive because it is our first point on the road.”
FC DALLAS MIDFIELDER ANDREW JACOBSON
On the team’s performance:
“It’s a long season, a lot of games, if you can play like that for a whole season you’re going to gain a lot of points. Maybe this time you gain one point, but if you can do that consistently, you’ll be getting three points a lot.”
On playing with the lead:
“We have a lot of great attacking players and we can’t try to be something we’re not. We need to come out and attack. We want the ball, we’ve got guys that can beat guys and if we come and sit back we’re not using them.”
On playing three games in seven days:
“Three tough games, going into Vancouver, flying home two days later playing Salt Lake, then flying out the next morning to play LA. We got two points out of the week, but it was good performances, those were very good teams. Everyone’s going to be up there at the end of the season, so it’s something we’re going to have to draw on later on in the season when we have that third game in a week again.”
LA GALAXY HEAD COACH BRUCE ARENA
On Landon Donovan not taking the PK:
“I don’t know the detailed discussion Robbie (Keane) and Landon (Donovan) had. Robbie wanted to take the kick and Landon said ‘fine’. Now I’ll be honest with you, if any team has the choice between Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan or (David) Beckham taking penalty kicks, you’re real happy. The easiest thing to do in the aftermath is be critical and say ‘missed a kick.’ There aren’t any better players in the world to take penalties than Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan. We missed it tonight.”
Overall thoughts on the game:
“Both teams played real hard and getting a goal in extra time (we) can’t be complaining about the point (gained). It’s that simple. We missed the penalty. We had some good chances during the game. There weren’t a whole lot of chances in the game by the teams. But we had enough to get ourselves two or three goals and didn’t, so we put ourselves in that position. It was a great finish opposite by Pat to get us the point.”
On David Junior Lopes:
“I thought he made a couple of mistakes, that’s obvious. He’s aware of that. We have to try to grow with the player. Give him more experience with our team and hopefully eliminate those mistakes. He’s a good defender, you just have to cut down a few mental errors and he can be a very capable center back. I don’t know if you can call it concentration—mistakes. It is very easy for all of us. We’re the experts when we’re sitting on the bench or the press box or whatever. It is not as easy as it looks out there. I don’t think it is concentration, but there were certainly some mental lapses.”
LA GALAXY MIDFIELDER LANDON DONOVAN
On Robbie Keane’s penalty:
“He did everything right he just miss hit it a little bit. The guy has taken many penalties and has made many penalties. I am sure the next time he takes one it will go in. It’s been a while since those guys have hit the net and we are trying to get them more chances we are not doing a good enough job getting them chances in front of the goal so I thought I would help a little bit.”
On his missed opportunities:
“The first one got a way from me a little bit. I was a little bit in between steps but I should have done better. The second one I just kind of reacted and (Chris) Seitz made a good save. It was sort of one of those nights that we need one of those to fall our way if we were going to win this game but still a great effort to get something out of it.”
On Bill Gaudette’s performance:
“It was great. It was seamless. We are all thinking about Josh (Saunders) and making sure that everything is going okay with him. For coming in on short notice I thought he was great. We probably should’ve had a shutout tonight.”
LA GALAXY FORWARD PAT NOONAN
On the game-tying goal:
The ball was up in the air and landed at Chad’s feet and he did a nice job of pulling the ball up and he laid it off perfectly for me. I just tried to put it on net. I’m looking at him, I don’t think he was looking at me, but he heard me— that’s what he said. He laid it off perfectly.
On the Galaxy creating scoring chances:
“We are creating chances that is the positive if we weren’t then we would be worried about that but we are creating chances and sooner or later they are going to go in and when they go the flood gates are going to open.”
LA GALAXY GOALKEEPER BILL GAUDETTE
On getting the start tonight:
“Every player in this locker room wants to be on the field, that is what we are all here for and that is what we work hard for everyday. My number was called and I was excited obviously I would have been more excited if we would have gotten the three points.”
On tonight’s game:
“I felt like we created the better chances, but things didn’t fall (our) way. That’s part of the game. Some days they are going to fall your way some days they won’t. But luckily Pat (Noonan) was able to come in and provide a huge boost for us in that tie. Sometimes a tie is a good thing. We are not happy. We are not satisfied. Obviously we are home and we want three points but at the end of the day it is a hard fought tie. Dallas came in did their job sat back counter attacked us hard and that is what teams are going to do here at home. They are not going to come out and push numbers forward they are going to wait for us to kind of get stretched out and create chances like that. At the end of the day we are happy that we came out with a point but we are not satisfied with the result.”
LA GALAXY MIDFIELDER DAVID BECKHAM
On tonight’s game:
“I think it’s a good point at the end of the day because we both had luck at times but we also had a lot of chances throughout the game. I think we had more chance in the first half than the second half. Our overall play wasn’t as sharp as it has been in the last few weeks but we definitely deserved the point, so we’ll take it. Dallas came here and have had a couple of hard games recently and they came here, worked hard and made it hard for us and good pace on the break. It’s up to us to come back but we are happy with the point.”
On the missed penalty kick:
“Landon (Donovan) is obviously a penalty taker. Robbie [Keane] is a penalty taker. So between them two they decided. It is just one of those things; you’re brave enough to step up for a penalty kick. Sometimes you score, sometimes you miss, but I have always thought anyone who steps up is a brave person.”
On LA’s goal in stoppage time:
“I think it shows the character of the team, getting it back late. Sometimes you have to fight all the way to the end of the game, the final whistle. If you do that, there is always a chance you will get a goal. We felt we should have had a couple goals in the first half. We had some really good chances in the six yard box. We might have been fortunate to get the draw but we also could have won the game. I think you’re always proud as a player of a team that comes back from a goal down or comes back to win a game or draw a game. We’ve done well to come back from this tonight.”
On Bill Gaudette’s performance:
“It is great for Bill (Gaudette) to come in. He’s done a great job and to fill Josh’s [Saunders] boots after last week is difficult but he came in and had a strong performance. He kept a few good shots out and also he’s very commanding in coming for the ball. It was a good night for him.”
“I think he’s probably about 80, 85 percent right now. I think he’ll probably be ready to go against Colorado,” Hyndman said of Hartman. “That will give him a little bit more rest time. He wasn’t able to open it up completely yesterday [Wednesday] in training, so because of that we’ll keep him out of this game.”
However, the outlook isn’t quite as certain with midfielder Ricardo Villar, who continues to be sidelined with a big toe issue. “Don’t know, I think the ideal situation would be Colorado but I don’t know,” said a perplexed Hyndman.
But fellow midfielder Andrew Jacobson could return to action this weekend after missing the last few games with a hamstring issue. “AJ will be making this trip and hopefully we’ll be able to get him on the field,” Hyndman said.
General thoughts on the match…
I thought we really came out very slow. I thought that first 10, maybe 15 minutes, they had numerous opportunities in our attacking third to create shots and put the ball in the back of the net and we were able to survive. I thought after that we started picking it up, putting a lot of pressure on them, probably the latter 20 minutes of the first half, a lot of crosses, which is something we were talking about. We felt like with (Jamison) Olave out they would have a little trouble adjusting and we came close, but weren’t able to get the goal. We got a PK called. I didn’t see it, but the way the ball went off, I thought there might have been a hand ball.
The foul count was 12 to 5 in the first half and that was a real concern. It was very disruptive and a real concern. I think when Carlos (Rodriguez) went down with a dislocation of the elbow, it must have taken a lot out of the players. You don’t know what that does when a teammate is injured and everybody is looking at it, so I don’t think we had a very good second half, but we had an effort.
On the performance of Chris Seitz…
Chris is a solid keeper. As you know, a couple of years ago, he started for Philadelphia and I think it might have been the wrong place for him, an expansion team, giving up a lot of goals. I think, mentally, he was shot. We were able to pick him up and I think he finally has confidence. Last week when he went in, he wasn’t prepared. Kevin got hurt in the warm-ups, so (Seitz) really wasn’t nervous or scared, he just went in. So I was very interested to see how he would respond in this game, being able to sleep on it and prepare himself mentally and I think that he had a good game.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz
General thoughts on the match…
I think we came out with really good intensity. Towards the end of the first half we were really putting them under pressure. We created a lot of good chances. Defensively, we did well. We limited their chances and they’re a good team. They have been really successful on the road. The draw is a little disappointing for us, but as they say, on to the next one.
Did the early save you were forced to make give you confidence?
Yeah, anytime you get to touch the ball early in a game, you feel more comfortable. All ‘keepers want to get a feel for the ball early. Defensively, we held them to a decent amount of shots. We did pretty well.
Talk about your save on Saborio in the second half.
It was one of those where, you kind of hope he takes a big touch, but he didn’t take one big enough that I could come out and make a play. Brek made one heck of a run back to make his next move predictable for me and that gave me time to come out and close him down. But honestly it all started with Brek making that trek back following a free kick deep in our attacking third of the field.
FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea
You were attacking for a lot of the first half, what were you able to take advantage of in RSL’s defense?
They crowd the middle so much and play so much in the center that we were able to take advantage out on the flanks and get some good centering passes and crosses off.
Talk about your penalty kick goal
It’s good to get a goal. Doesn’t matter how you get it. I am glad that I was able to covert it and help the team.
Were you glad to get a point out of this match considering all the injuries?
We have some new players, injuries, suspensions… It was good to get a point. I thought we should have won, but it’s good to at least get a point.
FC Dallas forward Jonathan Top
How did it feel to make your debut?
It felt good to get those first minutes in against Salt Lake. We weren’t able to get the win, but everyone worked hard and now we have to focus on our match Saturday against L.A.
What does it mean to you to get playing time?
It means a lot. It means a lot for any of the younger guys to get playing time. Whenever one of us gets time, we are all happy for one another. We’ve worked hard for it and we are always pushing each other. We just need to be ready whenever that time comes.
What did Schellas say to you before you went in?
He said just to play with confidence and work hard – make it difficult for them to play out of the back. That’s what I tried to do.
Was the speed of the game faster than what you were used to?
It was a little faster, but we see that in training every day. I did need to adapt quickly to it but overall I felt fine out there.
Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis
Does having not won in Dallas get into guys’ heads?
I don’t know. That’s a better question for the players. I’m pleased with a point, but I wanted all three. That’s kind of where I am at. We’re pleased with a result. We’re pleased we didn’t lose our third game in a row. With a little bit more and a little bit better, we come out of here with all three.
On the penalty kick call…
I am again disappointed in another referee’s decision. I have not watched the replay yet. For me, there is just no way that can be called a penalty kick. Whether it hits the player’s arm or not, it just seems indifferent. The Dallas player has not even touched the ball so it’s not like they were making an attempt on our goal. Someone who reads the game or is involved with the game more, knows that is never a penalty kick.
What did you do at halftime?
Just a couple of small tactical adjustments. I asked the guys for a little bit more, for a little bit better. This is the second game in a row where we were in a tough spot. We gave up a goal right before halftime and that can be very mentally draining. We stuck together and played a much better second half. I am very pleased with both of our second half responses in our last two games so we’ll see if we can’t stretch that 45 minutes into 90.
Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran
On the penalty kick call
I’m going to have to see it again to really comment on it, but just from what I thought happened during the play, I cleared it off of somebody and it came back and barely grazed my elbow. I was pretty disappointed with the call at the time. There is really no chance for me to get out of the way of that ball. I have to check it out again and then I will be more able to comment on it.
Real Salt Lake forward Emiliano Bonfigli (through a translator)
On making a difference in the game right away…
You work hard to get as many minutes as you can and luckily today I was able to get a lot of minutes. I’m proud to be able to come in and score a goal to help the team out and get a point.
Real Salt Lake midfielder Will Johnson
On the goal by Emiliano Bonfigli…
I just turned, saw him making a run and just tried to put it in (Bonfigli’s) path. I think he did the hard part. I’m just happy that we got the goal back and we were able to get a good road point.
Everyone’s really happy for him. He’s been working really hard in training and in the reserve games. Obviously with the Espindola suspension tonight, it was probably more than likely that he was going to get an opportunity to come in. This game is all about taking your opportunity and he’s certainly done that tonight. It’s put him in a good spot for more extended playing time in the future.
On Real Salt Lake being winless in Dallas…
Every game’s different and for whatever reason we haven’t been able to get a win down here, but we’ve played well at times and we’ve had opportunities at times, but it just hasn’t quite happened for us yet. But, we’ll take a road point in Dallas any day. On the road, we just try to get to a point where we give ourselves an opportunity to win. We gave ourselves that opportunity tonight and we’re unlucky not to come out of here with the three points.
Jair Benitez is fine and is available.
Hartman is technically listed as questionable on injury report but Schellas said he's unavailable. So Chris Seitz should start with Richard Sanchez as the backup.
Andrew Jacobson is questionable.
“It’s just an issue I’m working through. I injured it last Tuesday and then I felt like I was back to close to 100 percent. Went through a majority of the warmup and then it just tightened up on me,” Hartman said. “I have enough confidence in Chris [Seitz], I don’t want to go out there and play less than what I feel is adequate. The last thing I want to do is go out there and have to get subbed out in 10-15 minutes and try to do something that’s selfish and not very team-oriented. Chris I thought did a great job. I’m going to continue to rehab and try to get back as quick as I can.”
Seitz was saddled with the loss thanks to a first-half goal by Vancouver’s Camilo but delivered an overall solid performance for FCD.
“Excellent, it’s never easy for any player to be called in at the last second. For a goalkeeper, it’s probably even more difficult because you’re warming up and all of a sudden your starting goalie goes down in a warmup. We worked on Kevin and when Chris got back in from the warmup, we told him he was going to go ahead and start. He was focused, prepared. He had no issues with it,” Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said.
In a way, the fact Seitz found out he was starting for the first time in 2012 right before the game actually worked in his favor.
“Most of the time when you go to players and tell them hey, tomorrow you’re starting they got all night to think about it and they get a little nervous and you don’t know how it affects you. He never had that chance but I thought his performance was very good. I thought he was solid,” Hyndman said.
And as for the precision strike that Camilo knocked in for the game’s only goal, his head coach found no fault at the hands of his young keeper.
“The goal that Camilo scored on him, I don’t think it would have made a difference if Kevin [Hartman] was on the field or [Tim] Howard was on the field. I think it was just struck very well,” Hyndman said.
So, considering how well Seitz performed against the Whitecaps, FCD fans should expect the ex-Terrapin to start again on Wednesday when Real Salt Lake visits Frisco, right? Well, that may or may not be the case.
“I have no idea about Wednesday about this point. Last week, I started rehabbing on Wednesday and I was practically ready for Saturday. We’ll see how it loosens up and how it responds to treatment,” Hartman said.
Of course, his head coach hopes to have him back. But in the event, the 36-year-old keeper can’t go, he also has an insurance policy in place to back up Seitz should he start against RSL in just two days.
“Right now, he hasn’t ruled himself out for the game against Real Salt Lake but we’ll have to wait and see. What we’ve done is we’re keeping Richard [Sanchez] here. Richard’s been called in by the Mexican Under-20 national for training and we decided to keep him here in case Kevin does pull himself out,” Hyndman said.”
One factor working in Hartman’s favor is that he has no history of back injuries, which could mean this might be an issue that quickly passes for “El Gato”.
“No, it was the first time I’ve ever felt it. It’s something with my SI joint with just the tightness in my lower back. I’ve been on some anti-inflammatories and hopefully they continue to work,” Hartman said. “Go see the chiropractor this afternoon [Monday] and see what happens and how I feel tomorrow."
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