Dallas Soccer: Rafael Marquez

Schellas Hyndman weighs in on the Red Bulls

March, 9, 2012
Asked FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman for his thoughts on Sunday’s opponent -- Red Bull New York -- after practice Saturday, and here’s what he had to offer:

Kenny [Cooper] loves Dallas. This is where his family is. He’ll have a great game. First game of the year, everybody’s excited. [Thierry] Henry obviously is a world-class player. Dane Richards can bring a lot of speed. [Joel] Lindpere is going to be the guy that probably causes us the most problems. We don’t know about [Luke] Rodgers whether he’s going to be there or not be there.

They’ve got a solid team. I saw some of the media had them picked to win MLS Cup. They’ve got the financial support. They’ve got very good players. [Rafael] Marquez won’t be playing because he was red carded last game that he played last year but I think it’s going to be a real good game. We’re really looking forward to the game, not only the season opener but we’re looking forward to the game. I think the last time we played them, we weren’t at our best. We just hit the wall and were going the wrong way but I think they’re a well-coached team and they’ve got definite talent.

Gold Cup Group A preview: Mexico

June, 3, 2011
Country: Mexico

Gold Cup appearances: 11 (1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)

How they qualified: All three teams from the North American Football Union (Canada, Mexico and the United States) automatically qualify for the Gold Cup.

Manager: Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre

Coming in as the defending champions, Mexico looks to add to its record five Gold Cup titles. Mexico defeated the United States in the 2009 final, 5-0. This team, somehow, is better. Mexico added striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who is quickly gaining attention on a global stage. He scored 13 goals in 27 appearances with Manchester United this season, earning the club’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award as voted by the fans. World Cup captain Rafael Marquez also made the squad. The veteran defender now plays for the MLS' New York Red Bulls after playing for La Liga’s FC Barcelona from 2003-10.

Mexico has a huge fan base in the Metroplex and is expected to have the biggest following during the Cowboys Stadium doubleheader Sunday. One of the favorites to win the tournament, El Tri’s first match is against El Salvador. It'll be the second meeting between these two teams in the Gold Cup. The first was in 2002, when Mexico defeated El Salvador, 1-0, in the first round of Group A.

Visiting Red Bulls no strangers to streaks

September, 16, 2010
The New York Red Bulls are getting used to going into hostile environments and trying to snap lengthy streaks.

They'll look to end the 14-game unbeaten run of FC Dallas when the teams complete their season series Thursday night at Pizza Hut Park.

New York (12-8-4) ended Toronto FC's 17-game home unbeaten streak with a 4-1 victory Aug. 21. The Red Bulls' next road game was against defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake on Sept. 4, and RSL won 1-0 to remain unbeaten at home this year.

FC Dallas is 8-0-6 in its last 14 matches.

"(It seems) every time we go away, we play a team that hasn't lost in a long time," striker Thierry Henry told the Red Bulls' official website.

Both teams are close to clinching postseason berths. New York holds the second and final automatic spot in the Eastern Conference while FC Dallas (10-2-11) is third in the West but 13 points clear of missing the playoffs.

New York is one of two teams in the league to defeat Dallas, getting two goals from Juan Pablo Angel in a 2-1 win April 17. Angel has four goals in his last three games against Dallas.

The Red Bulls have since added marquee designated players in Henry and Rafael Marquez. New York is 4-2-2 since Henry's MLS debut July 31.

"Juan Pablo Angel has had a lot of success against us already," FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said. "The addition of Rafael Marquez and Thierry Henry forces our defenders to be very good one-on-one."

Henry has two goals and three assists, and he scored the first goal in Saturday's 3-1 win over Colorado.

Marquez is expected to be available after suffering an ankle injury against the Rapids that forced him to leave in the 72nd minute. He did not practice Tuesday but trained on his own.

"I feel better, but it's a little sore," Marquez said. "It's more the pain than the inflammation right now."

Dallas midfielder Dax McCarty has scored in each of his last two matches against New York and is set for his first action since July 17 after being out with a strained right quadriceps.

The Red Bulls completed a trade Tuesday, acquiring midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy from Colorado in exchange for forward Macoumba Kandji.

Ballouchy appeared in 21 games this season, collecting three goals and five assists. The Moroccan-born 27-year-old was with the Rapids since July 2007.

"It takes a little bit to digest," Ballouchy said. "(But) I am looking forward to being involved with a better organization."

Ballouchy's last goal came against FC Dallas on July 31.