Dallas Soccer: FC Dallas

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.

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, 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.

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' 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 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 ...

Jonathan Top joins US U-20 national team

May, 31, 2012
FC Dallas Homegrown player Jonathan Top is one of 20 members of the U.S. Under-20 National Team headed to Houston for a five-day training camp, followed by international games against Uruguay and Chile. The domestic training camp runs from May 30 to June 3 at the Houston Amateur Sports Park. Then the U-20 MNT travels for two matches against Uruguay, on June 6 and June 8, followed by a June 12 game against Chile in Santiago. Accompanying Top on the trip is FC Dallas Academy U-18 midfielder Daniel Garcia and former FC Dallas Academy defender Boyd Okwuonu.

“FC Dallas is very proud to have three representatives on the U.S. Under-20 National Team,” said FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo. “All three players are hard-working, talented young men with bright futures ahead of them.”

A native of Fort Worth, Top became the fifth Homegrown player to sign with FC Dallas on Jan. 12, 2011. Top made eight appearances for the FC Dallas Reserves in 2011, logging a total of 374 minutes. The 19-year-old forward recently broke into the starting lineup for FC Dallas. He picked up his first career assist on a goal scored by Blas Perez against Real Salt Lake on May 26, 2012. Top made his first start and played the full 90 minutes in a U.S. Open Cup match on May 29.

Garcia netted two goals in just 80 minutes of action last season with the FC Dallas Reserves. He has one assist for the 3-1-1 FC Dallas Reserves this season in just 47 minutes of action. Garcia also leads the FC Dallas Academy U-18 team with 18 goals in 23 games. The team currently leads the U.S. Soccer Development Academy with a record of 22-4-3 (69 points). Garcia verbally committed to the University of North Carolina in November.

A teammate with both Top and Garcia on the FC Dallas Academy U-18 team in 2011, Okwuonu played in 21 matches for the 10-1-5 conference champions last season. He then spent the second half of 2011 playing his freshman season at UNC, which claimed its second national championship in December. Originally from Edmond, Okla., Okwuonu started and played every match for the Tar Heels last fall, earning more minutes than any other field player on the team.

48 points: why the FC Dallas 2012 season is all but over

May, 30, 2012
The last couple of MLS season, where we now have more and more teams in the league ... 16 ... 18 ... 19 ... It has consequently taken more and more points to make the post season. The magic number to "safely" make the playoffs used to be 42 points in a 30 game season. Now in the 34 games season, with more teams, it looks like the number may be 48.

Granted the sample size is quite small, so we can't write that number in stone as yet. New York made the playoffs at 46 last year, but it would have taken 50 to pass Colorado for 5th in the West. Over time we'll be able to refine the number. 48 still gives us a solid number to consider.

Here's the problem for FCD, it has played 15 games so far this season and earned only 13 points, on three wins, eight losses, and four ties. That's a terrible .866 points per game. The club hasn't won a game since April 14th.

So in order to "safely" make the playoffs FCD needs 35 points from the remaining 19 games to get the 48 points. That's a whopping 1.84 points per game.

Or in other words ... 12 wins in 19 games or 12-7-0 for 36.

or 11-6-2 ... for exactly 35 ...

or 10-4-5 for 35 points ...

or 9-2-9 for 35 points ...

or 8-0-11 for 35 points ...

and that's it.

If FCD doesn't lose another game, it would still need eight wins in 19 games ...

So at a bare minimum FCD probably needs to win half the remaining games, and lose very, very few of them.

Yes, FCD has been decimated by injuries. But those players aren't going to be healthy today, and even if they are it would still take an amazing feat of recovery and resilience to make that kind of turn around and run. Consider that at the start of the season FCD was 3-2-1 for 10 points over the first 6 ... 1.6 PPG. So getting back to that form alone wouldn't get it done.

Can it happen? Sure, I suppose. This is sports, anything can happen. But it would take one of the great winning streaks in MLS history. So sure, why not this team? FCD is, after all, only six points back of 4th place Colorado -- that's just two wins. Unfortunately, everyone else in the conference between FCD and the playoffs has two or even three games in hand. And that's killer.

So I wouldn't hold my breath.
FC Dallas dropped a 2-0 decision to the Charlotte Eagles at FC Dallas Stadium in the third round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Dallas outshot Charlotte, 28-7, and still lost.

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.

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.

Preview: FC Dallas at Chicago Fire

May, 22, 2012
After each season series between the Chicago Fire and FC Dallas, the Brimstone Cup is awarded to the team that earns the most points.

Chicago may not even remember what the trophy looks like.

The Fire look to claim their first Brimstone Cup since it was created 11 years ago while seeking to end a five-game winless streak against struggling Dallas on Wednesday night.

Chicago captured the inaugural award in 2001 but hasn't reclaimed it since relinquishing it the following season. Dallas has gone 14-3-3 against the Fire since 2002 and 3-0-2 in the last five meetings.

This will be the only regular-season contest between these teams, meaning the winner will claim the Brimstone Cup. If the match ends in a draw, Dallas (3-6-4) will hold it for an 11th straight year.

Chicago has never beaten Dallas at Toyota Park, going 0-5-1 since it opened in 2006. Its last home victory in the series was June 12, 2005, at Soldier Field.

The Fire (4-3-3) seemingly have a good opportunity to end that skid, though.

Dallas is 0-4-3 in its last seven after a 1-all draw with Philadelphia on Saturday, last winning April 14 over Montreal. It hasn't gone this many games without a victory since a club-record 10-game stretch July 2-Sept. 10, 2005.

"I thought we played well enough to win. It's just same old story," midfielder Daniel Hernandez told the league's official website. "We can't find a way to get three points."

Dallas is 1-7-1 in its last nine road games, winning 2-1 at Chicago on Oct. 12.

The Fire are coming off a 2-1 loss at Portland on Sunday, ending a three-game unbeaten streak. After Jalil Anibaba tied the game in the 39th minute, Chicago's Logan Pause deflected a header into his own net in the 52nd minute.

"I thought that we didn't deserve to walk away with a loss," coach Frank Klopas said. "Overall, I thought it was frustrating because I feel disappointed when we lose, but when you feel that you should have walked away with points from here it's hard to take the loss."

Inconsistency has plagued a Chicago team that hasn't won consecutive games all season with an attack that has gone dormant for stretches during matches.

"We've put very good halves together, we've played very well in 60-minute stretches," defender Dan Gargan told the team's official website. "I think we're looking for a really good 90-minute performance from start to finish. That's certainly something we need to get better at."

The same goes for Dallas, which got a goal from Blas Perez in the seventh minute Saturday but little else after that. It hasn't scored a goal in the second half other than on a penalty kick since Brek Shea's tally in the 88th minute in Dallas' most recent win.

"We created some really good chances in the first half," coach Schellas Hyndman said after Saturday's match. "And then, the game just got to the point where it unfortunately got more physical than it needed to be."

Dallas has outscored Chicago 10-3 in the last five matchups.

The Report Card: FC Dallas vs Philadelphia Union

May, 20, 2012
First Touch: Two teams missing enough starters combined to make a third full side.

Second Touch: The above predicted the ugly soccer match that resulted.

The Finish: Dallas is a club desperate for something good to come their way, in the meantime grinding out a point here and there is all Hyndman is going to get from this mishmash of parts.


Hartman: 8 - Kept the side in the match when Philly decided that applying some pressure to Dallas was their best defensive move

Pertuz: 5 - Was playing a tidy match, and then like the sun rising became this week's injury victim

John: 7 - While the defense struggles overall, John is showing off new level of form

Hedges: 6 - This kid appears to be as solid as a rookie gets

Benitez: 4 - I swear he's getting paid based on attempted passes over 20 yards - successful or otherwise

Jackson: 4 - A very "meh" night for the Brazilian who still looks to be finding his chemistry with a team that never fields the same 11

Hernandez: 4 - The grizzled vet is having to work harder than ever

Marcelin: 4 - Oddly quiet and absent for much of the match

Jacobson: 5 - Great effort to support Blas, just could never complete that one creative move

Leyva: 5 - Still loses the ball too easily, looks a bit scared in 50/50 situations - but we are promised there's magic in those shoes. His set pieces are superior to Hernandez.

Perez: 6 - Simply having to come far too back to get involved. His struggles are more about the team than him


Rodriguez: 3 - A tough score for being put in a tough spot, but he really struggled. The fact Hyndman had to play someone so clearly not match fit is very telling of just how bad the roster situation is.
Luna: n/a

FC Dallas ties Philadelphia Union

May, 19, 2012

FRISCO, Texas -- Gabriel Gomez scored in the 56th minute to help the Philadelphia Union tie FC Dallas, 1-1, on Saturday night.

Blas Perez scored for Dallas in the seventh minute.

Philadelphia (2-6-2) stopped a three-game losing, and Dallas (3-6-4) extended its winless streak to seven games -- the club's longest streak since a 10-game run in 2005.

Gomez scored on a header into the left corner of the net from the top of the goalie's box. Gomez collided with goalkeeper Kevin Hartman on the play and left the game in the 58th minute as he limped to celebrate his fourth goal of the year.

The Union's Carlos Valdes fired a long ball from near midfield that bounced off Dallas' Carlos Rodriguez and to Gomez. The goal came on Philadelphia's first shot of the game. It was the first time all season that the Union did not have a shot in a half. For the game FC Dallas outshot the Union 11-9. Dallas' Perez had an open shot at the Union goal, but goalkeeper Chase Harrison blocked the shot for one of his two saves in the game.

Perez opened the scoring when he headed a shot into the right corner of the net. The scoring sequence was started after Bryan Leyva curled a corner kick from the right corner to George John. John directed the ball to Perez, who made a diving header from inside the goalie's box.

Dallas played the first of three games without midfielder Brek Shea, suspended after he kicked a ball at an assistant referee in a 2-1 loss to Columbus on May 12. The Union played without starting midfielder after Freddy Adu, suspended for picking up two yellow cards in the team's 3-2 loss to New York on Sunday.

Catching up with David Ferreira

May, 18, 2012
2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira is inching ever so closer to returning to the field. “El Torito” addressed the media Friday and while he says he’d like to return in time for the FCD match at Houston on June 16, it looks like seeing him back around the first part of July would be a bit more realistic.

What is your mental outlook right now?

Ferreira: At the beginning, I was sad I wasn’t on the field. I was not with the team, but I was being strong, trying not to take the negative stuff and just focusing on the comeback because that’s what was best for the team.

How do you feel knowing the fans expect big things from you once you do return?

Ferreira: I’m calm. I know the expectations are big. People have communicated that to me -- that the fans are waiting for me. I have to first take care of what I have to do in my rehab. They’re waiting for me to come back and that’s what I’m working for, David Ferreira to come back and help the team.

How tough has it been for you to watch this team struggle over the last month?

Ferreira: It’s hard. I suffer watching the guys struggle. To overcome that, we need to work, we need to focus to get the results we need to get.

David Ferreira back in July is most realistic scenario right now

May, 18, 2012
On the day that 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira addressed the media about how his recovery was progressing, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman also talked about where he thinks his No. 10 is currently at on the road to recovery.

“Yeah, I think the reality is we’ll have him back in June, doing some training but end of June or early July, he should be back on the field,” Hyndman said

But don’t interpret his guarded statement to mean that he can’t wait to have “El Torito” back on the field. “It would be a good addition for us,” Hyndman said.