Dallas Soccer: Fabian Espindola

Preview: FC Dallas-Real Salt Lake

May, 25, 2012
Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis will be missing a number of key players due to injuries and international call-ups.

His club is still in better shape than FC Dallas.

RSL will try to extend its home winning streak to five Saturday night when Dallas looks to end its eight-match winless stretch.

Playing for the first time since a 1-0 victory at Seattle on May 12, Real Salt Lake (8-3-2) will be without goalkeeper Nick Rimando, Alvaro Saborio, Will Johnson and Kyle Beckerman on Saturday as they're all on international duty. The club also could be missing defender Chris Wingert (hamstring) and midfielder Javier Morales (quadriceps).

Kyle Reynish is expected to make his second start of the season in goal for RSL, while midfielders Yordany Alvarez and Luis Gil and defender Chris Schuler could see plenty of minutes against Dallas.

"We want to try to rotate the team in a way that we keep a strong spine or core group of players," Kreis told RSL's official website. "We will certainly hope for the same throughout the rest of the season."

Real Salt Lake, one point back of MLS-leading San Jose, is hoping to maintain its edge at Rio Tinto Stadium, where it is 5-1-0. The club's last five-game home winning streak was May 1-June 9, 2010.

RSL is 4-0-1 at home against Dallas since Rio Tinto Stadium opened. Real Salt Lake holds a 12-4 scoring edge in those contests.

That does not bode well for an FC Dallas club that's 0-5-1 on the road in 2012. Dallas (3-7-4) joins Portland and Toronto as the only teams without a victory away from home.

Dallas doesn't have a win on any field since a 2-1 victory over expansion Montreal on April 14. A 2-1 loss in Chicago on Wednesday stretched the team's winless streak to eight, two shy of the franchise record.

"We need to get points any way we can, a win, a tie, whatever," rookie defender Matt Hedges told the Fire's official website after scoring his first MLS goal Wednesday.

If the club is going to pick up any points Saturday, it will have to do so without midfielder Brek Shea, who will complete his three-game suspension after kicking the ball at an assistant referee in a 2-1 loss to Columbus on May 12.

Shea scored on a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time in a 1-all draw against visiting RSL on April 25.

Dallas played that match without suspended striker Blas Perez, while Real Salt Lake did not have forward Fabian Espindola and defender Jamison Olave available after both were red-carded in a 3-1 loss at San Jose on April 21.

Real Salt Lake is on a season-best 3-0-2 run since ending a two-game losing streak in last month's match with Dallas.

RSL's last six-game point streak was a 3-0-4 stretch June 11-July 23.

These teams conclude the season series Aug. 18 in Utah.
Anyone expecting FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman to have the least bit of sympathy for Real Salt Lake, who heads into Wednesday’s match at FC Dallas Stadium missing two of its better players as forward Fabian Espindola and defender Jamison Olave will both be unavailable after being ejected from Saturday’s loss at San Jose, should probably look elsewhere.

Of course, Hyndman has already had to and is currently dealing with a roster depleted by injuries and he has also lost two players to suspension already this year. That being considered, it wasn’t at all shocking to hear the soccer sinsei channel the philosophy of Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington when it came to being without two of your best players.

“Yeah, it’s what we all go through. Whether it’s a suspension here or there’s a card there, it’s something we all go through. Sometimes the referee gets it right and sometimes they don’t get it right. I can’t think of a time when we’ve gone in with our strongest lineup this year, so we’ve lived with suspensions,” Hyndman said. “We’ve lived with injuries and we’re still living with it. I think it all evens out at the end.”

Mental mistakes cost FC Dallas against Real Salt Lake

July, 10, 2011
FC Dallas traveled to Real Salt Lake on Saturday in the first of a regular season - US Open Cup, home and home series; but came away empty handed as mental errors cost them the game. In a hard fought and physical match between two of MLS best sides little things made a big difference.

"This was a huge, huge match for us," said RSL coach Jason Kreis. "Probably the biggest one we’ve had this season against what I think is arguably the team that is in the best form right now. A positive result, doesn’t matter to me the score, to get all three points at home against them was big for us. It wraps up the series where we drew with them away and win at home."

First Kevin Hartman's un-characteristic gaff on a usually simple long range shot let the ball bounce off his hands and into the net. "It just seemed like the ball moved late," Hartman said. "They obviously had guys in the box kind of anticipating me losing it and I just thought about that too much and it maybe knuckled and got behind me. It was unfortunate. I think the most important thing for me is it really kind of changed the game."

The two sides were evenly match most of the game, aside from Hartman's gaff. But one distinct missing piece really hurt FC Dallas: the absence of captain Daniel Hernandez in midfield. Hernandez was left out of the travel squad as an injury precaution, and FCD clearly suffered in the midfield for his absence.

"We’re going without our captain and team leader, Daniel Hernandez," coach Hyndman said. "We left him behind at the last minute and I think that there was a little bit of confusion in our midfield between the three of them. But I thought they did do a pretty good job of just trying to stay compact and block the passing lanes and try to make the play predictable going out wide."

Bobby Warshaw started in the captain's place and was adequate most of the game, but FCD lacked their cohesiveness in midfield and the possession suffered. A particularly egregious pass by Warshaw as time was running out allowed RSL to get a 2nd goal at the death of the game. Fabian Espindola with the goal after Warshaw's brutal error.

Without Hernandez's calming influence and with no one of the caliber of David Ferreira to break down RSL with a game changing pass, the Reds Stripes never really threatened to light up the score board. RSL was first sides in the last month to have enough pace in the back to counter the penetrating FCD mids. Jamison Olave in particular had the closing speed to make up for his beaten teammates on multiple occasions.

The two teams will now travel to Dallas and meat again in the US Open Cup Quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

Attendance: 17,734

Scoring Summary:
RSL – Andy Williams (Kyle Beckerman) 47
RSL – Fabian Espindola (Will Johnson) 94+

Misconduct Summary:
RSL – Kyle Beckerman (caution; Persistent Infringement) 29
DAL – Jackson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 37
RSL – Jamison Olave (caution; Tactical Foul) 67
DAL – Brek Shea (caution; Tactical Foul) 71
DAL – Bobby Warshaw (caution; Tactical Foul) 90
RSL – Nick Rimando (caution; Delaying a Restart) 93+

FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Jair Benitez, Brek Shea, Bobby Warshaw, Andrew Jacobson (Ricardo Villar 30), Eric Alexander (Eric Avila 60), Jackson, Marvin Chavez (Milton Rodriguez 75).
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Bruno Guarda, Ruben Luna, Andrew Wiedeman.

TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Jackson 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Jackson 2); FOULS: 14 (Bobby Warshaw 3); OFFSIDES: 4 (Marvin Chavez 2); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Ricardo Villar 2); SAVES: (Kevin Hartman 5)
Real Salt Lake – Nick Rimando, Chris Wingert, Chris Schuler, Jamison Olave, Tony Beltran, Will Johnson, Kyle Beckerman, Ned Grabavoy (Fabian Espindola 66), Andy Williams (Collen Warner 81), Luis Gil, Alvaro Saborio (Jean Alexandre 88).

Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Reynish, Arturo Alvarez, Nelson Gonzalez, Rauwshan McKenzie.

TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Fabian Espindola 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Fabian Espindola 2); FOULS: 14 (Kyle Beckerman, Alvaro Saborio 3); OFFSIDES: 3 (Alvaro Saborio 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Kyle Beckerman 3); SAVES: 2 (Nick Rimando 2)

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Craig Lowry, Claudio Badea
4th Official: Armando Villarreal
Time of match: 1:51
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 88 degrees