Dallas Soccer: Jon Busch

FC Dallas looks to end 12-game win drought

July, 7, 2012
The San Jose Earthquakes saw their three-game winning streak end earlier this week without having their starting goalkeeper available.

The Western Conference-leading Earthquakes hope to have Jon Busch back in net when they try to start a new run Saturday night with a visit to last-place FC Dallas.

San Jose (11-4-3) is trying to stay ahead of Real Salt Lake for first place in the West, and it's currently three points up with a game in hand.

After closing June with three consecutive wins, the Earthquakes opened the new month on a disappointing note, losing 2-1 at Portland on Tuesday.

"We're a good team with a great attitude," said Alan Gordon, who scored his sixth goal -- tying him with Steven Lenhart for second on the team behind league leader Chris Wondolowski (14). "We take one game at a time and I feel that this team has something special.

"You know a lot of teams would hang their head after a loss like this. We just keep our heads looking forward and continue to push."

San Jose used backup goaltender David Bingham after Busch suffered a corneal abrasion that caused him to leave the team's 4-3 win over Los Angeles last Saturday. Busch, who has started 16 of the team's 18 games, is feeling better and is expected to return at Dallas.

It may not matter who starts. San Jose has yet to lose back-to-back games this season, while last-place FC Dallas is 0-7-5 during a franchise-record 12-game winless streak.

Dallas (3-9-6) had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Toronto on Wednesday after giving up the tying goal in the 31st minute. It was the sixth time during this drought that it scored first.

Even the return of David Ferreira, the 2010 MLS MVP who had been sidelined for more than a year with a broken ankle, couldn't help. He came on as a substitute in the 57th minute and took one shot.

"I thought we created some good chances in the second half when David went on," coach Schellas Hyndman told Dallas' official website. "I thought there was some good penetrating balls, whether the service wasn't there or the guy wasn't able to get to the ball or somebody blocked the shot."

Scoring has been an issue for Dallas, which has nine goals over its 0-7-5 stretch and two in the last three. Playing at home hasn't helped as Dallas has recorded three goals in its last six games in Frisco.

San Jose outscored Dallas 6-2 -- Wondolowski scored three times -- while sweeping last season's series after eight of the previous 11 meetings ended in a draw. The teams face each other again July 18.

FC Dallas visits San Jose for regular-season finale

October, 21, 2011
After being eliminated from CONCACAF Champions League play, FC Dallas looks to regroup as it still has a chance to finish in the top three of the Western Conference.

Dallas goes for its third consecutive league victory when it visits the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night in the MLS regular-season finale.

Dallas (15-11-7) failed to earn a spot in the Champions League quarterfinals after losing 3-0 at home to Toronto FC on Tuesday, a particularly discouraging finish considering it won its first two group stage games on the road.

"It's disappointing, very disappointing," defender Ugo Ihemelu said. "Play all these extra games, get so close to advancing and just have a complete letdown in the final game. It could have been historic. It could have been something really good for the club, so that's really disappointing."

Dallas cannot afford to let the loss linger. It's tied with Real Salt Lake for third place in the Western Conference with 52 points. RSL, which hosts Portland on Saturday, owns the tiebreaker after winning the season series.

Dallas is trying to avoid finishing as one of the league's four wild-card teams, which would require it to play a play-in game.

Prior to being shut out against Toronto, Dallas recorded two goals apiece in its previous two league wins. Marvin Chavez and Brek Shea scored in a 2-0 victory over visiting Vancouver last Saturday.

Shea's goal was his team-leading 11th, but first in seven games.

"It isn't easy playing so many games, but you just keep trying to work hard and improve in each one," Shea told Dallas' official website. "I started the year off well and hit a rough patch, but hopefully that's behind me now."

Shea might not find it as easy to get opportunities against San Jose (7-12-14) if midfielder Ricardo Villar can't play. Villar left the loss to Toronto with a foot injury, and it's unclear if he'll be able to play Saturday.

Daniel Cruz, who came on for Villar, would likely start in his place.

After facing the team with the worst record in the West last weekend, Dallas will take on the club just above the Whitecaps.

The Earthquakes are 1-2-3 in their last six, with five of those games coming on the road. After winning 2-1 at New England on Oct. 8, they fell 2-1 at Seattle last Saturday.

Jon Busch gave up two goals in the final eight minutes after Chris Wondolowski scored midway through the first half -- his 15th goal of the season.

Wondolowski, last season's Golden Boot winner, trails D.C. United's Dwayne De Rosario by one goal for the league lead. Wondolowski has five in the last four games, accounting for all of San Jose's scoring.

"Goal scorers go through hot spells and cold spells," Wondolowski told the Earthquakes' official website. "I'm on a hot one right now."

Wondolowski also had both goals in a 2-0 win over Dallas on March 26. Shea did not play because of a red-card suspension.

Dallas is 2-3-8 in its last 13 matches against San Jose.

San Jose Earthquakes 2 vs FC Dallas 0

March, 27, 2011
FC Dallas fell to the San Jose Earthquakes and the Chris Wondolowski Show 2-0 at Pizza Hut Park Saturday night in a poor first-half showing to continue a slow start for the defending Western Conference champions.

Lax marking by last week’s hero, Zach Loyd, gave the 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner Wondolowski the time and space to score twice in the game’s first 25 minutes.

Wondolowski’s first goal came in just the fifth minute of play. After receiving a ball in the box, Wondolowski took the ball off a volley with time to turn and punch the shot past a helpless Kevin Hartman. His second goal would come in just the 23rd minute after Dallas was unable to clear the ball on a set piece, heading the ball with time and space afforded by Loyd’s poor marking.

This match featured both frustrating and encouraging signs for FC Dallas.

Injuries and inconsistent play along the backline cost Dallas for the second week in a row. Last week’s misery was brought on by Brek Shea’s silly straight red card; this week’s by Zach Loyd’s abysmal defending. We’ve seen much better than this from Loyd, but Ugo Ihemelu’s absence brought the pain. The difference in the match was clearly along the two teams back lines: Dallas’s shaky and suspect; San Jose’s healthy and familiar. Additionally, Dallas’ inability to finish chances cost them dearly, most notably Milton Rodriguez’ failure on a one-on-one with ‘Quakes keeper Jon Busch at the 60 minute mark.

On the encouraging side, FC Dallas designated player and 18 year-old wonderkid Fabian Castillo made his debut and an immediate impact in the match, taking on defenders and turning them this way and that. The sheer athleticism displayed at left flank should send a clear message to Brek Shea: you now have competition at your preferred position.

Another positive was the emergence of the gritty, give-it-all team from a year ago, a far cry from the team that stepped on the field the first 45 minutes. It’s too bad Dallas allowed the early goals. This should have been a winnable match. Dallas’ punishment was to have to try to break down a boring, packed-in San Jose defense for the rest of the match. They still created chances and were unfortunate to not have received the dividends of their labors.

The MLS season is a long one, and two matches is not yet enough time to evaluate where this team could finish. But injuries and uninspired play are always cause for alarm. Dallas will go into their match with MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids Columbus Crew still searching for their first win, but with major defensive questions looming. Dallas could use a win; a tie or a loss would surely mean Dallas would simply add to the pressure of overcoming a lackluster start.

Still, there is no reason to suspect this team is in any kind of disarray. And in MLS, ending strong is much more important than starting strong. But if Dallas doesn’t start earning points soon, the going will be just that much tougher.

Schellas Hyndman post game comments.
Scoring Summary:
SJ -- Chris Wondolowski 1 (Chris Leitch 1) 5
SJ -- Chris Wondolowski 2 (Joey Gjertsen 1, Chris Leitch 2) 23

Misconduct Summary:


San Jose Earthquakes -- Jon Busch, Chris Leitch, Jason Hernandez, Brandon McDonald, Ramiro Corrales (Brad Ring 89), Joey Gjertsen (Ellis McLoughlin 73), Sam Cronin, Simon Dawkins (Ike Opara 83), Bobby Convey, Chris Wondolowski, Ryan Johnson.
Substitutes Not Used: Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Bobby Burling, Matt Luzunaris, Andrew Weber.

FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd, George John, Jackson (Ruben Luna 74), Jair Benitez, Marvin Chavez, Eric Alexander (Eric Avila 62), Daniel Hernandez, Ricardo Villar (Fabian Castillo 57), Milton Rodriguez, David Ferreira.
Substitutes Not Used: Ugo Ihemelu, Andrew Jacobson, Bobby Warshaw, Chris Seitz.

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee's Assistants: Peter Manikowski; Mike Kampmeinert
4th Official: Armando Villarreal

Attendance: 11,022
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: Clear and 68 degrees

Daniel Hernandez post game comments.

Stream of Consciousness: San Jose Earthquakes at FC Dallas

March, 27, 2011
Disclaimer: DJ Walkers Stream of Consciousness is exactly what it says it is, a stream of consciousness while watching the game. It's not a match report, but is rather meant to be entertaining. Hopefully you find it so, even if unconventional.

Ricardo Salazar, the Ed Hochuli of American soccer, is your referee tonight. They don't really look alike, but their arms were definitely separated at birth.

Much smaller crowd tonight, compared to the home opener. Unfortunate, but not terribly surprising. These things take time. After all, Seattle can't sell out their stadium either.

Wait. Bad analogy. Never mind.

Wait. Wait one minute. What did I miss? Where's Brek Shea? I he with the National Team? Did he get kidnapped by aliens? Swept up in an immigration raid? You know how those immigration folks always pick on blonde-haired blue-eyed Anglo types.

Why is he neither on the field or on the bench? See, if I spent more time on the Internets, and wasted less time reading books and going to work, I would know these things. I feel so out-of-the-loop.

I know he was having a little trouble adjusting to center back, but certainly he hasn't gone and inherited the Dax McCarty memorial doghouse suite at the Hyndman Arms Hotel. Has he?

OH! OF COURSE! Now I remember. Red card last weekend. Duh.

I should start taking that herbal supplement that helps with memory enhancement; but for the life of me I can't remember what it's called.

Speaking of central defense – Chris Wondolowski beats ours for his first goal of the season, only four minutes in to the game. Well, we've always been a slow-starting team. No need to panic. He was only the Golden Boot winner last year; it's not like we were going to keep him off the board forever. Maybe he has it out of his system now, and will be a nice boy, playing quietly with the other children.

Millions upon millions of dollars spent on Designated Players last year, and lil' Wondo from Chico State, a 41st pick in the supplemental draft, leads the league in scoring. I absolutely love that. I hope the kid at least got a raise this year. Fredy Montero did, and he hasn't scored since, like, August or something.

Apparently it's cold and windy in Frisco tonight. I see some folks on the East side with blankets. Of course, the crowd is so quiet, I'm pretty sure I can hear them discussing whether it's really cold enough for a blanket, and whether pink is really the right color for a soccer game.

Oh, again with the goal, Wondolowski? 2-0 and it's not even 25 minutes in to the game yet? I'm telling you, what with the porous defense and sparse crowd, this game is taking on an eerily 2009-ish type of vibe. I actually just shivered at the thought.

Must remain calm. Must carry on.

Non Sequitur Alert: I think Wondolowski's nickname should be The Dude, because Wondolowski rhymes with Lebowski. Just a thought. Either way, he's thrashing us like a gang of German nihilists.

This is not good. I'm so desperately trying to remain positive, I'm actually going to type the following sentence:

So, we've made it to halftime only down 2-0. Not bad.

It physically hurt typing that sentence. Like stubbed toe.

I hope this gets better.

We're in the second half now, and, oh, wow, Jon Busch just robbed Milton Rodriguez. Robbed him like he had shares in Lehman Brothers. Robbed him like he left a window open at the pawn shop. Robbed him like he was flashing money at the bus station.

If you get my point.

Now things are getting interesting. Fabian Castillo is in the game, replacing Ricardo Villar.

He's a baby – 18 years old. And, he looks even younger. He'll have more trouble getting a driver's license than he did getting a work visa.

He's been on the field five minutes and he's already blown by a good percentage of of the Earthquakes. Some of them, twice. Fast, this kid is. Fast. Like Rocky in Rocky II after Mickey made him chase chickens fast.

Bah! I hope Jon Busch will have a change of heart and give Milton Rodriguez his wallet back later, because he just upped and robbed him. Again.

Things are going better. The boys are really starting to impose themselves on San Jose. We're putting on tons of pressure, and we have most of the possession. It's a complete 180 from the first half. I wonder what Sifu Schellas said to them in the locker room. But for Busch, the score would be level right now.

Ouch. I like Ricardo Salazar, and he is without a doubt one of the better referees in MLS, but he really blew a call just now that we really needed. Ramiro Corrales brought down David Ferreira at the top of the box, and Mr. Salazar just plain missed it.

Well . . . no one's perfect. Maybe he heard Carlos Ruiz was back in the league and mistook him for David.

Ohhhhhhhhh. Young Fabian just picked up the ball on the touch line, about 40 yards from goal, made a bee line for the box, popped a little cross to the goal, only to have Milton head it over the bar. This kid is giving me goose bumps. Plus, when he's going full speed, I'm pretty sure time compresses.

Whoever found this kid and brought him to Dallas should get an immediate bonus. A bar of gold, perhaps, or one of those tiny giraffes like in the DirecTv commercial. Something.

George John barely misses pulling one back with a header. Just for the record, I'm a huge George John fan. It doesn't rise to the level of man-crush, mind you, but I really like the kid. He's got size, talent, brains, humility, and a tough, winner's attitude. No down side to this guy.

Non Sequitur Alert:

Also, did you know his Dad's name is John John? I mean, come on, how cool is that?

Another huge save by Jon Busch, this time a diving-to-the-right save off of a Ruben Luna header. Busch is getting better with age, like fine wine. Which is ironic, since he's named after beer.

Well, full time. This was about as encouraging as a 2-0 defeat could possibly be, in any alternative universe you could conjure up. Which is to say, slightly, but not very. The first half was dismal, but the second half was unquestionably better. But for a pretty nice goalkeeping job, we'd have another draw on our hands.

And, wow, Fabian Castillo. That was a nice glimpse of our future (I hope).

I'm afraid 2-0 losses at home, however, are not going to be what it takes to get big crowds to come to the park. And we need that as much as we need goals, in the long run.

Anyway, it's early in the season. Lots of soccer left to play. See you next week for The Crew.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman

I thought the game is always made up of two parts: stopping goals and scoring goals. I didn't think we did either of those very well today. I give them credit. Wondolowski scored two very good goals. Both goals were a bit of a surprise. For us, it was a quiet first half. I didn't think we put the goalie under enough pressure. The second half we were inspired. We played extremely well. We attacked from a lot of different angles and weren't fortunate enough to pick up a goal. It's a disappointing loss for us at home. At the same time, I think it's an opportunity for us to continue to grow and continue to develop our character.

On Fabian Castillo's debut...

I thought he looked very good. It was his first opportunity to play for us. He played a little bit against the (U.S.) Under-20s, about 20 minutes. What we wanted to do was give him a chance to see how the game was being played and then put him in. I thought he made an immediate impact in taking people on, getting behind the opposition and putting San Jose under pressure.

On halftime adjustments...

We talked about how their back four was very comfortable because we hadn't gotten behind them. It doesn't matter how we get behind them whether it's a run from a striker, a flank player or even a fullback, what we need is to put them under pressure in that space. I thought we did a much better job when Castillo came in because he was able to do it by himself. And then I thought we did a much better job when Avila came on because I thought he was a little bit quicker in the midfield and the penetration. If you look at the stats in the second half, we were getting a lot of opportunities.

On switch to a 3-5-2...

It was just trying to get more numbers up. We knew the crosses were going to be coming with the speed on both flanks and we just felt like we needed another strong person up front to be on the end of them.

FC Dallas Captain Daniel Hernandez
It was ridiculous that we gave them that much space. After we gave them those two goals it was a situation where it was tough to penetrate their defense. In the first half we didn’t really have any shots on goal. Obviously, the second half it got better. We missed several chances. If we would have been able to get that first goal it would have opened up the game a little bit. I think we would have been fine. It was just one of those games. San Jose basically just wanted to defend and they did a great job of it. But at this level you cannot give up two early goals. It is just going to kill you.

Defender George John
On San Jose midfielder Chris Wondolowski
[Wondolowski] is just like any other forward really. He’s a scrapper. He’s a fighter and he gets goals – got two goals tonight.

On having two different center back partners in the first two games of the season
Playing center back has a lot to do with the partnership with the guy next to you. I played with Brek [Shea] the first game, played with Zach [Loyd] this game and not a lot of training in between because we were down in Mexico midweek. Right now we are just hitting some rough patches. It will come together.

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop

I thought Dallas obviously deserved to get something out of this game but we had two terrific goals tonight and Dallas missed a few chances. We were little worried that we lost the first game at home but I felt we came back and responded with a strong performance tonight. It was more important for Chris (Wondolowski) to get on track tonight because he missed two easy chances last week. Chris is such a good finisher, I think it was his only two chances tonight and he buried them. Simon (Dawkins) was fatigued as many of our players were in the second half but the reason why we were fatigued was because Dallas had the ball for much of the second half and pushed us to the brink of scoring.

Midfielder Chris Wondolowski

Today was really for Steven Lenhart. He had a tragedy in his family and we played with a heavy heart. He is part of our family and our hearts go out to him.

Goalkeeper Jon Busch

We will take goals from anyone we can but it seems like Chris (Wondolowski) is just picking up from where he left off last year. He was fantastic tonight and very opportunistic. We knew Dallas was going to press hard since they were down 2 – 0 after the half. It wasn’t pretty but we played effective soccer. We really wanted to win this game tonight because Steven Lenhart is going through some family issues right now so this victory is for him.

All I wanted to do was make myself look big and try to stand up against Milton (Rodriguez) and hope that he hits me with the ball. He tried to put it through my legs but fortunately, I was able to close it up and get my feet on the ball.