FC Dallas' 2011 season came to an end much the way the entire last third of the season had, with bunch of blown chances early and a moment of hesitation costing them on their own end.

Dallas had lots chances early, enjoying lots of offensive possession and outshouting New York 23 to 12 on the night. But yet again FCD played without a true striker and was unable to convert their chances. Yet once again a lone lapse in the back led to the New York goal. Even up a man after a red card to Jan Gunnar Solli, FCD couldn't take advantage before things were even at 10 men each due to a Zach Loyd injury.

NYRB eared their first goal in the 61st minute when Dane Richards grabbed a rebound from a long range shot Hartman had saved. Richards fed Mehdi Ballouchy who found the crashing Joel Lindpere in the box. The second goal came quit late in injury time after something like 6 minutes were added for the Loyd injury. Thierry Henry scored on a long counter attack breakaway when the FCD defense had crashed forward chasing the tie goal.

Attendance: 10,017

Scoring Summary:
NY – Joel Lindpere (Mehdi Ballouchy) 61
NY – Thierry Henry 98+

Misconduct Summary:
NY – Tim Ream (caution; tactical foul) 27
DAL – Ugo Ihemelu (caution; reckless foul) 31
DAL – Daniel Hernandez (caution; reckless tackle) 51
NY – Jan Gunnar Solli (ejection; serious foul play) 79

FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Jair Benitez, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Zach Loyd, Brek Shea, Andrew Jacobson (Daniel Cruz 67), Daniel Hernandez, Ricardo Villar (Fabian Castillo 82), Marvin Chavez (Maicon Santos 73), Jackson.

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Jack Stewart, Jeremy Hall, Bobby Warshaw.

TOTAL SHOTS: 23 (Jackson 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Jackson 4); FOULS: 13 (Daniel Hernandez 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 5 (Jair Benitez 5); SAVES: 4 (Kevin Hartman 4).

Red Bull New York – Frank Rost, Jan Gunnar Solli, Tim Ream, Stephen Keel, Roy Miller, Dax McCarty (Mehdi Ballouchy 59), Teemu Tainio, Rafa Marquez, Joel Lindpere, Dane Richards (Carlos Mendes 82), Thierry Henry.

Substitutes Not Used: Bouna Coundoul, Stephane Auvray, Juan Agudelo.

TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Thierry Henry 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Thierry Henry 3); FOULS: 12 (Teemu Tainio 3); OFFSIDES: 4 (Dane Richards 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Joel Lindpere 3); SAVES: 8 (Frank Rost 8).

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Craig Lowry, Peter Manikowski
4th Official: Edvin Jurisevic

Time of Match: 1:57
Weather: Clear, 67 degrees

On tonight’s match:
“Great first half, we kept Dallas very quiet on the first 45 minutes. We played well, played smart, lot of possession and a decent end product with the possession. So we definitely deserved to be up one – nil at halftime. Then you can’t say another poor start, but we were not really, really focused the first 10 or 12 minutes. They score a goal; they had one real chance to go two up in front of us. (I) thought it was a very even game and of course getting one guy out, red carded, 2-1 down, it’s a good come back the last ten minutes. I think the psyche is really well and we showed a lot of passion just to get a tie, which we definitely deserved today.”

On saying earlier in the week that the team could make a statement in the match:
“You can say in the first half we definitely made a statement to show we are a quite good team. We played very well against one of the best in-form teams in the league, a very good team. Being one-up, and then a quite even second half where we lost a little our passing game, our possession. Then of course it was very tough to go 2-1 down and get one player red carded, but to come back the last 10 or 15 minutes was very good because we suddenly started playing the way we wanted.”

On Thierry Henry’s game-tying goal:
“That’s the kind of player he is. Suddenly he can just switch on, make a difference and score a goal like that. It’s a phenomenal goal. But we didn’t perhaps set him up the way we want in the second half. The first half was okay, but the second half, just a little too quick going for final passes, killer passes. And in this heat, it kills you.”


On tonight’s match:
“It’s not like a really, really good performance for any players. They were there and we gave them a little bit too much time and space and they scored two goals, but everybody is like, when we get back at least, there are some smiles in the locker room because quitting is not an option and we must never give up. We have shown it so many times that this team can strike back and of course we needed and we wanted three points tonight.”

On if they are aware that they are squandering points that could affect their playoff position:
“We are definitely aware of the situation. Everybody was like we really need three points tonight but when we couldn’t do it, it’s like at least (we got) one point. But of course, we know it’s been too many tie games and that is not something we are happy about. We need to win games or else the playoffs are slipping away from us. That’s our main goal, as it turns out we are too far behind to win everything. It’s all about getting into the playoffs, which that’s, in the end, where we can be the champion.”


On the match:
“Coming back one goal down, one man down into the game, you can always say we came back. But we were in control of the game and again, out of nowhere, they scored a goal. The first one took a deflection, not as big as the one we scored, but at the end of the day they played better than us in the second half. I think saying that, I thought we didn’t do badly playing with 10 men in the last two minutes. But again, it wasn’t a consistent one. We played well in the first half, and we didn’t play well in the second half. So we’re going to have to work, work hard, and try and grab some points.”

On the second half, and if the weather had an affect:
“I don’t know, don’t get me wrong, it was crazy hot out there, and humid. As I said, we played better in the first half, which I thought some time in the first half, we kept cool around the box and had more awareness on the ball. We may have had another opportunity to score a second goal, we didn’t. They played better than us in the second half. They scored two, should have scored three. We hit the post, so maybe at the end of the day maybe the draw was a fair one. But we have to be more consistent, not only playing well one half.”


On if there is a sense of frustration that they gave up a 1-0 lead again:
“Yeah, I mean it’s definitely frustrating to give up a lead, especially after the first half where we controlled most of the game and knocked the ball around pretty well and created a few chances. To give up the two goals early in the second half but you can look at it the other way too. Down to 10 men and we fight back and Thierry (Henry) hits a good shot and scores a good goal. To be down to 10 men and to come back and tie it, you have to take a little something from that.”

On when squandering points becomes a liability heading towards the playoffs:
“It started two months ago. For some reason we aren’t winning games so it’s frustrating and like I said, it was an issue two months ago and it’s still an issue. So we have to figure out a way to dig even deeper and come away with three points next game.”

On Dallas’ first goal tonight:
“They played a couple good touches and that ball to (Marvin) Chavez who was toeing the line, he did well to stay onside and they slipped a pretty good ball to him and I was just trying to get over and get anything on it and unfortunately I got too little on it and put some top spin on it, over Frank (Rost) and under the crossbar.”


On the tie:
“Of course we are happy with a tie. I thought we were very poor in the first half. I did not think we played very well in the first half. Being down a goal, to come back, I think showed a lot of character and courage on our part. Being up a goal, you are disappointed. Both of us had difficult road trips. It took a lot of character for us to come back from that first half.”

On the first half and being down one-nil:
“I think we are still kind of in that (Rafa) Marquez, Henry mentality—these guys are so good. The more and more we play these Red Bulls we will start to recognize yes they are exceptional players of course, but we cannot change our game.”

“I just thought we had a couple of players who were really off in the first half. It seemed like whenever we were at a trigger point to get something going, the ball ended up on the other player’s feet. That was the disappointing part. I thought the Red Bulls came out with a lot of intensity, a lot of focus. It was one of those things where they have a lot to get done here.”

On Marvin Chavez:
“He is just a busy player. It was a lot of work out there today. He is a busy player, there was a ball save as well that he broke through. Today the ball broke through to him, in those cases.”


On if the team made offensive adjustments at half time:
“No, I just did not think we played very well in the first half. We came into halftime just talking about playing better. We kind of played well in the first ten minutes. Then we let up and they started attacking. Halftime we just talked about coming out and playing our game. We made a sub kind of early in the second half. We put Bruno (Guarda) in and it helped tremendously.”

On of the team showed RBNY too much respect:
“I think we gave them just too much space and let them do their thing.”

On his near goal in the second half:
“I came across wide and I made my run. It bounced and I could not get there before it bounced. I just tried to get something on it and I ran into the goalie. I thought it was a goal, but oh well.”


His overall thoughts on the game:
“The heat here was substantial. We train at 8:30 a.m. in Dallas because we have the similar heat. Today was difficult for us. I imagine it was difficult for both teams.”

“I did not think we really had our best performance in the first half. The second half we came back and I thought played very, very well. We were able to catch two goals. Unfortunately, I did not think we did a great job shutting down (Thierry) Henry, by the time we got so many numbers over there I just could no longer see it. So I am disappointed we gave away the two points.”

On Henry’s Goal:
“I think he got the ball--he is very good on the ball. He was able to cut and we weren’t able to get enough guys over there to put him under the type of pressure that he needed to be under from 19 or 20 yards out. I’m not sure it was a product of the heat, I think he is one of those guys that is able to cut to find time and space. We did not do as well as we would have like to have with it.”

On Marvin Chavez’s performance:
“He is one of those guys that is willing to work for us offensively, he is able to win the ball in advantageous spots. He gets to the goal quickly. He makes good runs. He is a small guy, he is willing to compete against much bigger defenders and try to win headers for us. We get numbers forward and are pretty quick up there but he is someone that is able to hold the ball for us. At the same time he is able to move us into a spot where we are going to be dangerous. So he is someone that is willing to do it defensively as well as offensively. He came through with some great scores today.”



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