Dallas Soccer: New England Revolution

Major League Soccer's disciplinary committee this week suspended New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for what was deemed a reckless challenge on FC Dallas midfielder Ricardo Villar.

Joseph’s action occurred in the 62nd minute of last Thursday's match between FC Dallas and New England. He will serve his suspension Saturday when the Revolution play D.C. United at Gillette Stadium.

Fines collected will be donated to the charitable partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.

Here's the foul.

Scoring Summary:
DAL – Ugo Ihemelu (Zach Loyd) 95+

FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd, Ugo Ihemelu, George John (Matt Hedges 71), Hernan Pertuz, Brek Shea, Ricardo Villar (Bobby Warshaw 66), Andrew Jacobson, Carlos Rodriguez, Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez.

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Bruno Guarda, Bryan Leyva, Andrew Wiedeman, Ruben Luna.

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Brek Shea 4);
SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Brek Shea 2);
FOULS: 12 (Blas Perez 3);
CORNER KICKS: 5 (Fabian Castillo 3);
SAVES: 5 (Kevin Hartman 5).

New England Revolution – Matt Reis, Florian Lechner, A.J. Soares, Stephen McCarthy, Chris Tierney, Kelyn Rowe, Clyde Simms (Pepe Moreno 79), Shalrie Joseph, Lee Nguyen, Saer Sene (Fernando Cardenas 65), Ryan Guy (Jeremiah White 88).

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Darrius Barnes, Diego Fagundez, Jose Moreno, Alec Purdie.

TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen 3);
SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Kelyn Rowe 3);
FOULS: 4 (four players with one);
OFFSIDES: 2 (Ryan Guy, Saer Sene 1);
CORNER KICKS: 2 (Kelyn Rowe 2);
SAVES: 3 (Matt Reis 3)

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Shalrie Joseph (caution; reckless foul) 62
NE – Chris Tierney (caution; reckless foul) 80

Referee: Juan Guzman
Referee’s Assistants: Ian Anderson, Adam Garner
4th Official: Bladomero Toledo
Time of Game: 2:01
Weather: Clear, 72 degrees

FC Dallas scores in stoppage time to beat New England

April, 5, 2012
FRISCO, Texas -- Skipper Ugo Ihemelu's header five minutes into stoppage time lifted FC Dallas to a 1-0 win over New England on Thursday night.

It was about time. FCD was agressive the whole match, but missed on several close opportunities. Ihemelu's header saved them from the heartbreak of a draw.

"We would've been disappointed if we didn't get the win," Ihemelu said. "We knew we put in the work, and it was worth the payoff. That's all we can ask for."

Like all the missed chances, this one nearly didn't happen, too. Head coach Schellas Hyndman almost took Ihemelu out of the game due to cramping.

"I knew if I had to come out last-minute, I would take myself out," Ihemelu said. "Once [the trainer] started working on it, it calmed down quite a bit. Fortunately, I was in the right place at the right time for that goal."

For Hyndman, he said he didn't think Ihemelu could have been more captain-like.

"What a great example for a captain, to stay in there and want to play until the end," Hyndman said.

Ihemelu got the goal, but Hyndman was particularly impressed with the return of striker Fabián Castillo. With David Ferreira out another 6-8 weeks, his speed and aggressiveness adds depth to a team that has had trouble penetrating early in the year.

"I thought he was extremely dangerous, especially earlier in the game when he had his legs under him," Hyndman said.

After tonight, FCD fans could see more of Castillo with Blas Perez instead of a lone-striker formation.

Castillo said he was frustrated that he couldn't put one in the net, but he'll take the win.

"When you create so many opportunities and don't finish them, there's always a chance the opposition is going to finish one of their own," Castillo said through an interpreter. "With the team that we had, we were confident we could get the result, and thankfully [Ihemelu] was able to convert for us and get the three points."

The win snaps a two-game losing skid for FC Dallas, who takes on lowly Montreal on April 14.

New England takes a big step back with the loss after beating Los Angeles 3-1 last week.


Shots (on goal): FC Dallas 13 (4) – New England 12 (5)

Fouls: FC Dallas 12 – New England 4

Possession: FC Dallas 42% – New England 58%

Yellow cards: FC Dallas 0 – New England 2 (Shalrie Joseph, 62; Chris Tierney, 80)

Red cards: FC Dallas 0 – New England 0

Injuries: Ricardo Villar left the game with an ankle injury. George John left the game with a concussion.

FCD aggressive early, goes into halftime tied 0-0

April, 5, 2012
FRISCO, Texas -- FC Dallas was aggressive on its counters early, but failed to put one between the posts as it heads into the locker room tied 0-0 against New England on Thursday.

Fabian Castillo was very active, with FCD's best opportunity coming in the 29th minute when his strike from a few yards landed just left of the goal after a breakaway.

The Toros had a few other opportunities early in the game. In the 19th minute, a Castillo through pass landed in front of Blas Perez, whose strike from 12 feet sailed just high.

Just two minutes later, Ricardo Villar's chip shot went left of the goal from just inside the box.

In the 33rd minute, Brek Shea's left footed shot from the left side of the box was saved by New England keeper Matt Reis.

New England had a few chances in the first half, but never really threatened outside of a slow roller saved by keeper Kevin Hartman in the 44th minute.

Possession has been even so far, but FCD has come out swinging after a distracting week in which the club parted ways with striker Luis Perea and lost David Ferreira for another 6-8 weeks.
April 5, 2012
7:30 p.m. CT (FS-SW+)

- LAMAR'S TAILGATE: Gates open at 6 p.m. on the North Concourse featuring Urban Crust's wood-burning oven of individual pizzas, music from DJ Jake Salem, street tacos and other food options.

- BUDWEISER BUILD-A-BAR: Check out this beer-selling station that includes a Bottoms Up Draught Unit, bar seating, plasma video screens and more!

- BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES: The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales will ride into FC Dallas Stadium and be a part of the pre-game festivities on the North Concourse. Come take a photo with these beautiful horses during their stop in North Texas.

- LAMAR HUNT, JR. TO SCARF LAMAR HUNT STATUE: One of the sons of Lamar Hunt, Lamar Jr. will scarf the statue of his father during pre-game ceremonies.

REFEREE: Juan Guzman.
MLS Career: 8 games; FC/gm: 29.5; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 4; pens: 2
SAR (bench): Ian Anderson;
JAR (opposite): Adam Garner;
4th: Baldomero Toledo


- FC DALLAS - OUT: FW Scott Sealy (L hamstring); MF David Ferreira (R ankle); QUESTIONABLE: MF Fabian Castillo (L knee); DF George John (L hamstring)

- NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION - OUT: FW Zak Boggs (R ankle sprain); MF Benny Feilhaber (L peroneal strain); MF Sainey Nyassi (R hamstring strain); DOUBTFUL: DF John Lozano (R hip flexor strain); DF Kevin Alston (L hamstring tightness)


SUSPENDED: DAL: Daniel Hernandez (through April 8); Jair Benitez (through April 8)


ALL-TIME (37 meetings):
FC Dallas 11 wins (1 shootout), 46 goals...
Revolution 23 wins (1 shootout), 65 goals...
Ties 3

AT DALLAS (19 meetings):
FC Dallas 6 wins (0 shootout), 22 goals...
Revolution 11 wins (0 shootout), 28 goals...
Ties 2


6/4: DAL 1, NE 0 (Chavez 69)
9/10: NE 2, DAL 0 (Joseph 14; Lekic 85)

- This is the only league meeting between the teams this season.
- FC Dallas won 1-0 in Frisco last year, ending a four-year winless streak against the Revolution at FC Dallas Stadium. FCD's only home win from 2007-2010 vs. New England - including in the 2007 U.S. Open Cup Final - came at the Cotton Bowl in 2009.
- Dallas has not at New England since 2003. The Revs have won seven of the eight meetings since in Foxborough, with one draw (that coming in 2010).

Coaches record:
Schellas Hyndman vs. NE: P6 W2 L2 D2 ...
Jay Heaps vs. DAL: first game


- FC Dallas allowed six goals on their two-game road trip. The four goals conceded to D.C. United matched last year's season-high, set in losses to Sporting KC (June 12) and San Jose (Oct. 22).

- With midfielders Brek Shea and Carlos Rodriguez back from attempting to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games with the USA and Panama respectively, Hernan Pertuz moved back to central defense and Jair Benitez resumed his role at left back.

- A year ago, FC Dallas recorded 13 shutouts in 34 games - third-most in MLS (behind LA, 17, and RSL, 14), and tied for the sixth-most in a single season in league history. But they had one clean sheet over the last 11 games, and have not recorded one this season.

- Blas Perez scored his second goal in three games, joining Ricardo Villar with two goals for the team lead.


- The Revolution did not win back-to-back games over the entirety of the 2011 season. They last won consecutive games in October 2010, a 2-1 win at Houston then a 1-0 home win vs. Kansas City.

- The Revolution also snapped a nine-game winless streak (0-5-4) away from Gillette Stadium. New England last won on the road July 20, 2011 in a 1-0 victory at D.C. United.

- Kelyn Rowe's first professional goal came before a large contingent of friends and family in a place where he called home for a couple of years while attending UCLA.
After starting in a wide midfield role the week before - and moving to fullback in the course of that game - Ryan Guy was given a start up top in partnership with Saer Sene.

- Goalkeeper Matt Reis was credited with his 99th victory between the posts. Five goalkeepers in MLS history have been awarded 100 victories or more in league play.

Schellas Hyndman talks Revolution and locals connections

April, 4, 2012
I asked FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman for his thoughts on his club’s next opponent, the New England Revolution, whom FCD will host on Thursday night in Frisco and here’s what the gaffer had to say.

What are your general thoughts on the Revs, who head into this week’s game fresh off an impressive 3-1 win over the reigning MLS Cup champion Galaxy on Saturday at the Home Depot Center?

Hyndman: New England, I think they’re a team that’s playing with a lot of energy, a team that’s finding themselves. They will have goals and will have expectations but I think the thing is once you start picking up results, you start to expect it and you play with more confidence. I thought they played extremely well against a very good team in LA. I thought they completely dominated the first half and a lot of that domination was work ethic. They worked awfully hard. They have extremely high energy and that makes it easier for everybody when everybody’s on the same page on the defending phase. I thought they brought that against LA.

Ryan Guy is someone FCD drafted in the second round of the 2007 draft and someone you looked at during a past off-season. Talk about him and the niche he’s carved out for himself in New England.

Hyndman: Yeah, Ryan Guy was a player that we really like. He came in during the off-season and we saw a lot of quality in him. We saw him as a flank midfielder. That’s what he plays. I think with New England he’s been playing a little bit as a striker because of the energy that he brought and the defense has been under a lot of pressure. You look at the number of goals that they’ve given up and the number of goals that we’ve given up, we’ve given up eight goals in four games, which is nothing to be happy about. You lose a game 2-1 and you can be disappointed but you lose a game 4-1 you should be downright pissed off. When Ryan Guy was here too, we had Jackson, we had Chavez and we had Brek. It was probably the strength of our team, flank play.

What about Richardson product Lee Nguyen?

Hyndman: Yeah, we were disappointed we didn’t pick him up when Vancouver did. We tried to work a deal with Vancouver and obviously they were not going to give people away, so it became very unrealistic for us to get him what Vancouver was asking for. We were just too far back to get him.

Fort Worth Nolan HS product Stephen McCarthy had a solid rookie season for the Revs in 2011. Talk about him going forward.

Hyndman: Yeah, he’s been a good selection for them. He had a good first year, got some playing time, so you no longer have the label of a rookie. McCarthy brings special things that every team looks for. He’s got good technical ability. He’s got a great work ethic and he’s pretty strong in the air. So those are qualities that he’ll bring whether those qualities are winning balls in the middle of the field or defending corner kicks. So he’s done well for them. It takes a good first season to play and you look at New England last year and they didn’t really have a lot to be happy about with their season but he got a chance to play. That was one of the positive things. He got a chance to play. He got better because he got to play a lot. He’s a much better player now than he was last year.

New England blanks FC Dallas, 2-0

September, 11, 2011

Shalrie Joseph scored in the 14th minute for the Revolution and FC Dallas couldn't recover, extending its winless streak at New England to eight.

Attendance: 15,498

Scoring Summary:
NE - Shalrie Joseph (Moncef Zerka, Milton Caraglio) 14
NE – Rajko Lekic (Ryan Cochran, Benny Feilhaber) 84

Misconduct Summary:
DAL – Brek Shea (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 25
DAL – Ricardo Villar (caution; Reckless Tackle) 74
NE – Ryan Guy (caution; Reckless Foul) 93+
FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Jair Benitez (Maykel Galindo 80), Andrew Jacobson, George John, Zach Loyd, Brek Shea (Jeremy Hall 46), Daniel Hernandez, Daniel Cruz (Ruben Luna 69), Ricardo Villar, Jackson, Maicon Santos.
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Jack Stewart, Bobby Warshaw, Andrew Wiedeman.

TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Maicon Santos, Jackson 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Jackson 4); FOULS: 16 (Jair Benitez 4); OFFSIDES: 4 (Jackson 2); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Ricardo Villar 6); SAVES: 4 (Kevin Hartman 4).
New England Revolution – Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Franco Coria (Ryan Cochrane 72), A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes, Moncef Zerka (Ryan Guy 80), Shalrie Joseph, Benny Feilhaber, Chris Tierney, Rajko Lekic, Milton Caraglio (Kenny Mansally 73).
Subs Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Kheli Dube, Diego Fagundez, Zack Schilawski.
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Milton Caraglio 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Rajko Lekic 3); FOULS: 13 (Franco Coria, Benny Feilhaber 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (Rajko Lekic 2); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Benny Feilhaber 3); SAVES: 8 (Matt Reis 8).

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: Fabio Tovar, Ian Anderson
4th Official: Jose Carlos Rivero
Time of Game: 1:55
Weather: Clear, 67 degrees
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REFEREE: Baldomero Toledo.
MLS Career: 118 games; FC/gm: 24.9; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 46; pens: 47
SAR (bench): Fabio Tovar;
JAR (opposite): Ian Anderson;
4th: Jose Carlos Rivero


NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION – OUT: MF Stephen McCarthy (L shoulder subluxation); MF Sainey Nyassi (R knee MCL sprain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Otto Loewy (L groin pain) ...

FC DALLAS – OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira (R ankle); FW Fabian Castillo (pelvis); MF Bruno Guarda (L ankle)

(ed note: Marvin Chavez injured his ankle playing for Honduras after the official injury report was released and maybe questionable at this point.)


SUSPENDED: DAL: Ugo Ihemelu (caution accumulation; through Sept. 10)


SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: NE: Pat Phelan ... DAL: Daniel Hernandez, George John, Andrew Jacobson, Brek Shea

SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: NE: Milton Caraglio, Ryan Cochrane, Franco Coria, Shalrie Joseph, Rajko Lekic, Kenny Mansally, Stephen McCarthy ... DAL: Marvin Chavez, Jeremy Hall, Zach Loyd


ALL-TIME (36 meetings): Revolution 22 wins (1 shootout), 63 goals... FC Dallas 11 wins (1 shootout), 46 goals...Ties 3

AT NEW ENGLAND (17 meetings): Revolution 11 wins (1 shootout), 35 goals ... FC Dallas 5 wins (1 shootout), 24 goals ... Ties 1
- In the first meeting between the teams, Marvin Chavez scored the game's lone goal in the 69th minute as FC Dallas won June 4 at Pizza Hut Park.
- The win in the first meeting was just the second FC Dallas win all-time in seven games vs. the Revolution at Pizza Hut Park, and the first since 2006.
- FC Dallas last won in New England in 2003, a 2-1 win on July 16. The Revolution had won six consecutive home games vs. FCD before last year's 1-1 draw in Foxborough.

Coaches record:
Steve Nicol vs. DAL: P20 W13 L5 D2 ...
Schellas Hyndman vs. NE: P5 W2 L1 D2

6/4: DAL 1, NE 0 (Chavez 69)
- The game's lone goal came in the 69th minute. Marvin Chavez rounded his defender after a run down the right flank and cut toward the near post. He slotted a low shot from a narrow angle that beat Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis on the short side.
- FCD goalkeeper Kevin Hartman recorded his MLS-record 100th career shutout, stopping two shots in the process.

FC Dallas visits New England

September, 9, 2011
FC Dallas has failed to win its last seven road matches against the New England Revolution, but may feel good about its chances to buck that trend Saturday night.

The Revolution have not had much time to recover after blowing a three-goal lead in their last match as they get ready to host Dallas.

New England (4-11-12) built a 4-1 halftime lead Wednesday at Philadelphia before conceding three goals in the second half to settle for the draw. The Revolution are 0-2-5 in their last seven matches.

"When you score four goals in a game, you expect to win," coach Steve Nicol said. "But, they put a lot of pressure on us in the second half."

The mood in the locker room was predictably down for New England, which has 24 points to tie Toronto FC for the fewest in the Eastern Conference.

"I mean we are all questioning each other and trying to find answers right now," captain Shalrie Joseph said. "How we can give up a 4-1 lead is just frustrating, we're not mentally tough and we're not doing the things necessary to hang on to a lead. From my standpoint, we're just a young team and we're not mature enough to hang on to a lead."

New England is 0-3-4 in its last seven home games, while Dallas (13-7-7) ended a six-game losing streak at Gillette Stadium with last year's 1-all draw.

Dallas won 1-0 over New England at home June 4 as Marvin Chavez scored. The club is well rested since it has not played since ending a three-game winless streak with a 3-2 win at Sporting Kansas City on Aug. 27.

That doesn't mean that all Dallas players have been completely idle. Brek Shea, tied for third in the league with 10 goals, played the full 90 minutes twice for the United States during the international break.

Although the 21-year-old Shea failed to score for the U.S., new coach Jurgen Klinsmann was impressed by what he saw.

"I think we have some very interesting youngsters coming through the ranks," Klinsmann said. "Brek Shea is definitely one of them. He's full of energy, he's creative, and he's fast and has a good physical presence."

Dallas has also been boosted by the news that George John will remain with the club after the defender nearly joined Blackburn Rovers of the English Premier League.

"I got over there and it was a really good experience," John told FC Dallas' official website. "They welcomed me with open arms and it's just that the timing wasn't right. We are going to maintain a relationship and right now I'm back with FC Dallas."

Dallas will be without defender Ugo Ihemelu, suspended due to yellow card accumulation.

The Revolution's last three matches have ended in draws in which they conceded the tying goals in the 87th minute or later.

"Hopefully we'll pick our heads up and be ready for Dallas on the weekend," Joseph said.

Talking tactics: New England Revolution at FC Dallas

June, 5, 2011
Well that was a welcome change. In last night's 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution, FC Dallas returned to a possession-based attack. The Hoops played their most fluid offense since David Ferreira's injury, but an uninspired New England had just as much to do with the end result.

Stats tell the story

Some sports fans moan about how a soccer match's final scoreline can belie the game's ebb and flow. And they're right. A 1-0 victory is just as likely to be a result for the underdogs as it is for the favorites.

Looking beyond the scoreline, however, can easily reveal the 'feel' of a particular game. Against New England, the stats show Dallas was dominant. They held 60% of possession, completed 158 more passes, placed 6 more shots on target, and completed 13% more of their passes (81% to 68%). It was a masterclass performance.

Praise - or blame - for the statistical disparities can be placed at the feet of both teams. New England used a very defensive 4-5-1, often sitting nine men behind the ball. Dallas then had plenty of space to work the ball upfield. The Revolution rarely pressed until the Hoops were within 15 yards of the penalty area.

Add in a Dallas side that pressed high up the pitch, and you had a recipe for one side to control possession. Unfortunately, Dallas was unable to turn their control into goals, mostly due to poor finishing. In the first half, Brek Shea, Fabian Castillo, Marvin Chavez, and Eric Alexander each produced heavy touches in the box when a more deft effort would have led to a goal.

Outstanding goalkeeping

Despite Dallas' heavy touches in the box, the Hoops would have been up early if not for the stellar play of goalkeeper Matt Reis. Not only did he make 7 saves, he routinely cut off dangerous crosses, perhaps the most difficult task for a keeper to master.

But one shaky moment from Reis handed Dallas 3 points. In the 68th, a simple punt forward to Chavez placed the attacker in a one-on-one with center back AJ Soares. The Honduran flitted by the defender and streaked into the box. Reis, for some reason, leaned away from his near post, allowing Chavez to slip the ball into the net.

Schellas Hyndman will certainly take the result, though it wouldn't be a surprise if he forces his team to participate in a series of finishing drills before next Sunday's match against Sporting Kansas City.

Blake Owen is the editor and publisher of futbolforgringos.com.

Match photos: New England at FC Dallas

June, 5, 2011
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman

“It was really a good performance on FC Dallas’ part. The thing we didn’t do is in the first half we didn’t put away our opportunities. That always makes a team and especially the coaches very nervous because when you don’t finish your opportunities, you get frustrated and the opposition starts to believe you can’t score. So they start to throw more people forward. This was one of those games that if you don’t win, you make a mistake and they score… one of those games that you just hate yourself and you can’t sleep because it’s a game you should have won [based on] the way you played. The shots were 16-3. That should tell you something about the game itself. Our boys came out in the second half as focused as they were in the first.”

On the Marvin Chavez goal…

“This was his first goal of the year and it couldn’t have come any better. Watching Marvin many times during games, he has that speed to get around the corners, running at the keeper and he just gets there and hits the ball as hard as he can sometimes right at the keeper, sometimes over the goal. Tonight he showed some composure late in the game to keep it low and score the game-winning goal.”

On possession…

“It’s something we’ve been working on. It’s nice to be able to say we’ve been working on something and then see the progression. I really thought it was better tonight. New England hasn’t won a game on the road, so it’s tough for them. They may have a mental barrier about being on the road. It was extremely hot, like a sauna. If it’s hot for the coaches sitting there, you can imagine what it is like for the players out there giving you everything they have. At the same time, I don't think the weather conditions affected us as much. We’re either used to it or a little stronger mentally and being at home we wanted to win. So we got the three points.”

On Kevin Hartman’s 100th career shutout…

“Fantastic! What a terrific accomplishment. I don’t know who the second person is (all-time in MLS) as far as shutouts, but I’ve got to believe it’s quite a ways from what Kevin has. I think it shows a great career, a person who has been very loyal to MLS and didn’t take opportunities to go internationally and a person who last year when we picked him up he was a player that Kansas City did not bring back. So, I think it was a huge loss for them when you see the type of player he’s been for us. I’m really very proud of him and pleased for him and his family.”

FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman

On holding on to the clean sheet…

"We were very persistent. We continued to attack and possess the ball. We played them in a pretty hostile environment in terms of the heat, and it really worked to our advantage."

On earning his MLS record 100th career shutout…

"It certainly is something I'm extremely proud of. I feel like I'm part of something here in Dallas. I feel like I've played on some great teams in the past where guys would work both sides of the ball, and shutouts are always something that takes more than just a goalkeeper."

Forward Marvin Chavez

On turning down Gold Cup call up from Honduras…

"It wasn't a very easy decision to make. I had to think a lot about it, but I thought about this group and the injury problems, and I'm happy with my decision."

On scoring the game-winning goal…

"I beat the defender to the line and inside the box. I then saw Milton [Rodriguez] open, but I was confident I could score. Luckily, I made it."

Defender Ugo Ihemelu...

On shutting down the NE attack…

"They have some solid, creative players and Shalrie [Joseph] in the middle to help create chances. We just stayed organized tonight, kept up the communication and helped each other. It all starts with communication and I think we've been getting better at it as the season progresses and that's been crucial to our success so far."

Matt Reis- Goalkeeper for New England Revolution

Thoughts on tonight’s game

“We didn’t have that much possession. We gave them the ball a lot and they got a lot of opportunities. We made one mistake and costs us the game”

After a level first half, what was the mindset going into the second half?

“We had done well keeping it 0-0, but still needed to keep better possession of the ball. If we kept better possession we would have given them less chances and have the ability to create chances ourselves. It was also trying to get forward more and keep them under pressure, we didn’t do that.”

What’s the key to turn it around?

“Scoring goals. We haven’t scored a goal in a couple games and with us if we make one mistake it usually comes back to haunt us.”

Thoughts on the Texas heat tonight

“It wasn’t as bad as it can be here, but it is a little bit of a change for us. We aren’t used to the hot and humid weather. It is taxing on your body, if you don’t have the ball a lot and your chasing all night it makes it that much harder.”

Zak Boggs- Midfielder for New England Revolution

Thoughts on the game

“They were in our half most of the game, we didn’t get much possession and when we did we didn’t keep it long, and we didn’t get that many chances because they (FC Dallas) were coming at us the whole time.”

Thoughts about the team’s defensive shape

“I thought our defense shape was good. They definitely did very well moving off the ball. We talked at halftime that we needed to pass players along better, talk better and I thought we did that.”

Thoughts on the heat

“We knew that this was going to be a tough place to play and it’s a very good team we came against and the heat was for both teams, both teams had to deal with that. The second half was much more favorable for them.”

Steve Nicol- Head Coach of New England Revolution

Overall thoughts on game

“A lot of the problems we had tonight were giving the ball away. We either gave it away or didn’t give a good pass when we were not under any pressure. We turned it over too many times and away from home, that is always going to lead to the opposition scoring”

Thoughts about defensive shape and problems of the game.

“The goal was disappointing, shape was ok, when you turn the ball over under no pressure, Dallas took advantage. When we gave the ball away, when you turn the ball over so much your encouraging the opposition to come after you, its hard enough when your away from home.”

Six days till New Revolution play again, what they must do from tonight to Friday when they take the pitch again.

“We get back on the training field and try to get better passing the ball.”

Kevin Hartman earns 100th career shutout in FCD win

June, 5, 2011
FC Dallas locked down the defense again last night against the New England Revolution, earning Kevin Hartman his 100th career shutout and the 1-0 vistory. The shutout was the seventh of the season for goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, who became the first player in Major League Soccer history to earn 100 career clean sheets.

"It certainly is something I'm extremely proud of," said Hartman when asked about the 100th shutout. "I feel like I'm part of something here in Dallas. I feel like I've played on some great teams in the past where guys would work both sides of the ball, and shutouts are always something that takes more than just a goalkeeper."

The FCD offense is still out of sink and the club struggles to replace the influence of David Ferreira. One positive sign, Marvin Chavez finally got on the score sheet with a goal in the 69th minute.

FC Dallas dominated possession from the first whistle, dominating possession 61% to 39% and out shooting the Revs 16 to 3 on the night. “[Possession] is something we’ve been working on, coach Hyndman said after the game. "It’s nice to be able to say we’ve been working on something and then see the progression. I really thought it was better tonight." Hopefully positive steps for FCD in perhaps their most dominate display since they lost their MVP.

Attendance: 10,363

Scoring Summary:
DAL – Marvin Chavez (Fabian Castillo) 69

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Stephen McCarthy (caution; reckless tackle) 23
NE – Ryan Cochrane (caution; tactical foul) 45
DAL – Zach Loyd (caution; tactical foul) 58
NE – Pat Phelan (caution; tactical foul) 89

FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Jair Benitez, Brek Shea, Andrew Jacobson, Daniel Hernandez, Eric Alexander (Milton Rodriguez 67), Marvin Chavez (Eric Avila 92+), Fabian Castillo (Bobby Warshaw 79).

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Moises Hernandez, Bruno Guarda, Ruben Luna.

TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Brek Shea 5);
SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Marvin Chavez 4);
FOULS: 6 (Fabian Castillo, Daniel Hernandez 2);
OFFSIDES: 4 (Fabian Castillo 2);
CORNER KICKS: 6 (Marvin Chavez 4);
SAVES: 2 (Kevin Hartman 2)

New England Revolution – Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Ryan Cochrane, A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney, Stephen McCarthy (Sainey Nyassi 70), Ousmane Dabo (Pat Phelan 53), Didier Domi (Darrius Barnes 59), Shalrie Joseph, Zak Boggs, Rajko Lekic.

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Kenny Mansully, Franco Coria, Zack Schilawski.

TOTAL SHOTS: 3 (Zak Boggs, Shalrie Joseph, Rajko Lekic 1);
SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Shalrie Joseph, Rajko Lekic 1);
FOULS: 12 (Kevin Alston, Zak Boggs, Stephen McCarthy, Pat Phelan 2);
OFFSIDES: 1 (Rajko Lekic 1);
CORNER KICKS: 3 (Chris Tierney 3);
SAVES: 6 (Matt Reis 6)

Referee: Mark Kadlecik
Referee’s Assistants: Sean Hurd, Colin Arblaster
4th Official: Edvin Jurisevic

Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Sunny, 97 degrees

After unbeaten May, FC Dallas hosts Revs

June, 4, 2011
After going through a busy stretch in May with an unbeaten mark, FC Dallas wants to use June to maintain its momentum.

The club will try to extend its streak to nine straight matches without a loss when it hosts the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

FC Dallas (6-3-4) is 5-0-3 in its last eight, with seven of those matches coming in May. The June slate is more forgiving with four matches -- one on the road.

"I think the month of June is really a good month for us when you look at the schedule," coach Schellas Hyndman told FC Dallas' official website. "We want to use this month as more of a training month because we don't have to travel as much."

There's room for improvement after Dallas' 531-minute shutout streak ended during last Saturday's 2-2 draw with Houston. Before that contest, goalkeeper Kevin Hartman had not allowed a goal since May 1.

"We need to continue to push ourselves," Hartman said. "I think that we had some great results in May and now we can just challenge ourselves to just play better and better soccer."

New England (3-5-4) is 0-3-2 on the road, although it owns a history of success in Dallas with an 11-5-2 all-time record.

The club will be without midfielder Benny Feilhaber, slated to join the United States national team for the Gold Cup tournament. Feilhaber, though, won't be playing for anyone after suffering an ankle injury in last Saturday's 1-0 home loss to Los Angeles.

The Revolution received good news, though, with captain Shalrie Joseph remaining available after the midfielder declined an invitation to play for Grenada in the Gold Cup.

"Obviously we're delighted we're going to have him," coach Steve Nicol told the Revolution's official website. "I think any team in the league wants Shalrie stepping on the field for them, and we're certainly no different."

New England also could get a boost if defender Ryan Cochrane is available. Cochrane's condition has improved since he left last week's match with a concussion.

Nicol needs to decide who will replace Feilhaber, and Pat Phelan is a prime candidate. Feilhaber's ability to possess the ball will be missed in humid conditions with the temperature expected to reach the high 90s.

"You can't be chasing," Phelan said. "It's important to go out there and make the field as big as you can, do your work off the ball and get in good spots to maintain possession, because if you're just chasing around, they'll pick you apart."

Both 2010 matches between these teams ended in draws, although Dallas' ability to hold on to the ball helped result in totals of eight yellow cards and two red cards for New England in those contests.

"They're a dynamic team," Phelan said. "They've got a lot of guys that can hurt you off the dribble. They keep possession well, they're solid in the back."

FCD Reserves fall 1-0 to New England

February, 23, 2011
In a scrimmage that appears to mostly be reserves, young players, and trialists for the Red Stripes, FCD dropped a 1-0 loss to New England Revolution. Sainey Nyassi scored the loan goal for the Revs on an assist by Zack Schilawski.

Of particular interest to FCD fans might be Moises Hernandez who seems to have become the 2nd choice right back behind Jackson after the Heath Pearce trade. A home gown player, Hernandez has seen a lot of PT this spring. Andrew Wiedeman seems to be fully entrenched at outside back now, it's been a long time since we've seen him play anywhere else. Both played 90 minutes.

Alexis Pradie, Bobby Warshaw, Andrew Jacobson, and Maykel Galindo all also played 90 minutes. It's also nice to see home grown players Bryan Leyva and Victor Ulloa on the sheet.

A name FCD fans may not know is Roberto Lopes, he's an attacking mid or forward in on trial while the team in down in Florida.

Scoring Summary:
NE - Sainey Nyassi ( Zack Schilawski) 10

Misconduct Summary:
NE - Didier Domi (caution) 85

FC Dallas - Chris Seitz (Josh Lambo 61), Moises Hernandez, Alexis Pradie, Scott Gordon (Roberto Lopes 65), Andrew Wiedeman, Bobby Warshaw, Eric Avila (Peri Marosevic 58), Bruno Guarda (Victor Ulloa 57), Andrew Jacobson, Bryan Leyva (Paul Ogunyemi 46), Maykel Galindo.

New England - Matt Reis - Zak Boggs, A.J. Soares, Ryan Cochrane, Didier Domi - Sainey Nyassi (Ryan Kinne 70), Pat Phelan, Stephen McCarthy, Chris Tierney (Seth Sinovic 89) - Ilija Stolica, Zack Schilawski (Kheli Dube 70).