Dallas Soccer: Shalrie Joseph

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.

Schellas Hyndman - FC Dallas Head Coach

General thoughts on the game…

“I thought it was a really exciting game. I thought we played well the first half. I thought Fabian (Castillo) was causing a lot of problems that they were not able to handle and we created some nice scoring chances. The second half, I thought we came out a little bit slower. I thought their tactic of getting a little bit more depth so Fabian wouldn’t be able to run by them was good for them. But, I thought in this game we probably created more quality chances. Looking at the clock going down to 90 minutes, it looked like it was going to be a tie, but both teams were really going after the three points.”

On Ricardo Villar’s status…
“We’re not sure. He twisted his foot. We’ll get an X-ray on it and see how he is.

On George John’s status…
“I think with all the recent studies on concussions, you always want to favor the protection of the player. I thought we did everything right and he will be evaluated by the experts.”

On Ugo Ihemelu’s game-winning goal…
“The goal was great. I don’t know if you all noticed or not, but he was cramping when he came over to the side and he and I had a discussion about pulling him out because he didn’t know if he was going to be able to get that cramp out of his leg and I shared this with the team after the game. One of the things we’d talked about (pre-game) was to challenge yourself tonight and to challenge your teammates and what a great example for a captain to stay in there and wanting to play to the end and then come out on top with the game-winning goal.”

Defender Ugo Ihemelu

On the ball played in by Zach Loyd that led to the winning goal...

You have to compliment Zach for stepping up and being brave enough to put himself in that position. He sent a ball in a little earlier that was really dangerous and got us a corner kick. Right before the one I scored on, he made eye contact with me so I knew he was coming to me. All the compliments go to him.

On playing through cramping late in the match…

I went off and Josh [FC Dallas Head Athletic Trainer Josh Watts] was trying to work out the cramp, but it wasn’t going away. I knew we had one more sub left and I didn’t want us to have to use it on another injury, so I just tried to stay out there for as long as I could. Fortunately, after Josh worked on it, it calmed down a little bit, I stayed in and it worked out for us.

On the team’s focus heading into tonight’s match…

Today, when the game started we spoke about putting in a solid 90-minute performance. We talked about staying positive, playing well the entire game. Tonight we were able to maintain our focus and work for each other. This puts us back on track where we want to be. It gives us something to build on moving forward.

FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges

Feelings on his first professional appearance…

It feels awesome. I am always ready to come in and help the team. It makes it even better that tonight when the opportunity came, we were able to get a win.

On how FC Dallas played tonight…

It was a good overall performance by the team. We kept the ball. We moved it around. We got some good opportunities. Again, it was a good overall performance by everybody.

On New England…

New England had put together two solid wins in a row against strong opponents, so we knew we were going to have to play well to pull out a victory. We had a good showing and we were able to get the result we wanted.

New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps

General thoughts on the game…

I thought Dallas dodged just as many bullets as we did. We did a good job. We had 60 percent possession of the ball. Unfortunately at the end there, when it felt like we at least had a chance to get a draw, we didn’t finish it well.

Thoughts on deciding factors for the game’s outcome…

The chances [Dallas had] came from when we gave the ball away, when we made a few mistakes. Dictating the pace of this game was important for us. We are at a point where we need a little time to get our legs back.

Thoughts on the loss…

It is a tough way for the game to finish. It felt like we played well enough to get at least something out of the game whether it was a draw or three points. At the end of the game, we got ahead of ourselves a little with the momentum and we just couldn’t keep up.

Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph

On Kelyn Rowe…

From day one Kelyn came in and worked hard, you tell him what we need and he just puts his head down and works for the team. And that’s what we need. He’s good on the ball and he’s good when he is going against people. He can use both feet. He’s a good kid. He works hard and the sky is the limit for Kelyn.

Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe

On suffering a tough loss…

It’s tough that we played well. We really came out especially in the second half and played tough. We created some chances that unfortunately we couldn’t put away. We slipped up for five seconds and they did well to score a goal.

Were there any adjustments at half time?

Coach [Jay Heaps] made no adjustments position-wise or anything like that. He came in like, “look you guys are doing all right, just keep your heads up and let’s go out there and give them what we know we have. We saw it against L.A. We saw it against Portland. We need to see it again here and tonight.” And we did.

Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis

How did you feel about how you guys played in that first half?

We did all right. We definitely did not play our best game. We were a little bit off and we were not as cohesive as we needed to be. That being said, it was 0-0 at halftime. We came out in the second half and really turned it up a notch. We had them on their back foot for most of the second half. Unfortunately, we didn’t do the right things at the end of the game.

They had some good opportunities in the beginning of the game, and you made some nice saves, talk about how you did individually.

I did what I needed to do back there. I kept us in the game as long as possible.

What was your experience with the tornados that came in town?

The weather came in, the hotel got on the intercom and said there was weather coming our way and it would be best if we seek cover. The hotel was great. The staff was great and everything was very orderly.

Are you happy with the way you guys played up until the goal?

No, I think we definitely did not play our best game. We did enough to at least get a point, but it was not in the cards tonight.

New England blanks FC Dallas, 2-0

September, 11, 2011
9/11/11
12:22
AM CT


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

FC Dallas visits New England

September, 9, 2011
9/09/11
8:00
PM CT
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.
New England Revolution at FC Dallas
Pizza Hut Park. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

TV: TXA21

Watching party for the U.S.-Spain friendly at 3:30 p.m.
River Club access will be limited to those with club season tickets, but the game will be shown on the big screens in stadium.

Between matches FCD will have a Crawfish Boil and a FIFA11 Xbox tournament on the North Concourse.

MATCH DAY INFO:
- 3:00 p.m. Gates open
- 3:30 p.m. USMNT vs. Spain watching party
- 5:30 p.m. Crawfish Boil, Live Music and FIFA11 Xbox tournament
- 7:00 p.m. March to the Match led by Ignacio Barbero, an FC Dallas Season Ticket Holder since 1996
- 7:30 p.m. Kickoff
- Recognition of the Street Soccer Dallas team during halftime
- Join the FC Dallas Supporters during the 19th minute for 96 seconds of chanting. Chanting will start with "I Believe in FCD" followed by "Dallas 'Til I Die" and conclude with "FC Dallas Ole Ole Ole"

FCD came off a two-game road swing with a win and a draw, reaching a 2-2 result with Texas rivals Houston Dynamo last weekend. The Revolution are coming off a 1-0 home defeat by the LA Galaxy last weekend.

REFEREE: Mark Kadlecik.
MLS Career: 4 games; FC/gm: 23.8; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 2; pens: 1
SAR (bench): Sean Hurd;
JAR (opposite): Colin Arblaster;
4th: Edvin Jurisevic

INJURY REPORT:

FC DALLAS – OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira (R ankle);
QUESTIONABLE: DF George John (groin strain); FW Maykel Galindo (L plantar fascia strain); MF Bryan Leyva (R ankle) …

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION – OUT: DF Ryan Cochrane (concussion); MF Benny Feilhaber (R ankle sprain); MF Marko Perovic (L knee sprain);
QUESTIONABLE: DF Ousmane Dabo (R adductor strain)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

SUSPENDED: none

WARNINGS:

SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none

SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS:
DAL: George John, Andrew Jacobson …
NE: Shalrie Joseph; Stephen McCarthy

HEAD-TO-HEAD

ALL-TIME (35 meetings):
FC Dallas 10 wins (1 shootout), 45 goals…Revolution 22 wins (1 shootout), 63 goals…Ties 3

AT DALLAS (18 meetings):
FC Dallas 5 wins (0 shootout), 21 goals … Revolution 11 wins (0 shootout), 28 goals … Ties 2

RETURN MATCH: 9/10: New England Revolution vs. FC Dallas, 6:30 p.m. CT

Coaches record:
Schellas Hyndman vs. NE: P4 W1 L1 D2 …
Steve Nicol vs. DAL: P19 W13 L4 D2

FC DALLAS

- FC Dallas saw their shutout streak come to an end at 531 minutes, the fifth-longest stretch without conceding a goal in MLS history. It was an FCD club record and the longest in the league this season. The MLS record is 727 scoreless minutes, set by Houston in 2007.
- FC Dallas also ended the month of May unbeaten in seven games. A year ago, FCD lost once in the month (May 20, 0-1 to LA Galaxy) – their last loss until mid-October, 19 games unbeaten. Dallas currently has an eight-game undefeated streak overall.
- After three consecutive home games, FC Dallas embarked on a two-game trip in four days to Seattle and Houston and came away with four of a possible six points.
- After five consecutive appearances as a substitute, rookie Bobby Warshaw made his first MLS start, coming into central defense in place of George John. Warshaw was the club’s first-round selection (17th overall) out of Stanford University in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

- The Revolution were shut out for the fifth time in eight games against the LA Galaxy. They’ve scored five goals in all over that stretch.
- The Revolution have taken just one point from six games when they’ve allowed the first goal, in the bottom four percentage-wise in MLS, matched by Sporting KC and Toronto FC and ahead of just Real Salt Lake, who have lost both games when they’ve conceded first.
- The Revolution were forced into an early change when center back Ryan Cochrane had a clash of heads and had to come off at halftime. Cochrane is listed as out for the Dallas match with a concussion.
- As well, Benny Feilhaber suffered an ankle injury that is expected to not only put him out of the U.S. team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but out of action for a month.
- In response, Shalrie Joseph informed the Grenada Football Federation he has declined the invitation to play for his country in the Gold Cup.
- The game against FC Dallas will be the 10th of 13 games thus far against Western Conference opposition for the Revolution. Two of New England’s three wins have come in the Eastern Conference (D.C. United, Sporting KC).

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