Preview: Dallas face daunting task against table-topping SJ
FC DALLAS vs SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
FC DALLAS STADIUM, Frisco, Texas
July 7, 2012 (WEEK 18, MLS Game #164)
9 p.m. ET (FS-SW; CSN-BA)
FC Dallas will face a difficult test in putting an end to their long winless run when the Western Conference-leading San Jose Earthquakes come to Frisco on Saturday evening. FCD saw their spell without a triumph extended to 12 games at midweek, reaching a scoreless draw with Toronto FC. The Quakes kicked off their two-game road swing with a 2-1 loss to the Portland Timbers, snapping a three-game winning streak.
REFEREE: Ismail Elfath. SAR (bench): Craig Lowry; JAR (opposite): Peter Manikowski; 4th: Jorge Luna Hernandez
MLS Career: 1 game; FC/gm: 23.0; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 1; pens: 2
- FC DALLAS -- OUT: MF Bobby Warshaw (R foot fracture); DF Ugo Ihemelu (concussion symptoms); DF Alex Lee (lower abdominal strain); DF Jair Benitez (R knee contusion); DF George John (concussion symptoms); QUESTIONABLE: FW Blas Perez (R foot contusion); MF Jackson (R ankle sprain); PROBABLE: MF Ricardo Villar (R foot strain); MF David Ferreira (R foot surgery); MF Daniel Hernandez (R knee soreness)
- SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES -- OUT: GK Jon Busch (L eye corneal abrasion); MF Simon Dawkins (L shoulder sprain); MF Sam Garza (rib fracture); MF Joey Gjertsen (R knee surgery); DF Tim Ward (L non-specific soft tissue injury); DOUBTFUL: DF Ike Opara (L hip flexor strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
- SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: DAL: Fabian Castillo
- SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: Jair Benitez, Daniel Hernandez ... SJ: Steven Beitashour, Marvin Chavez, Alan Gordon, Steven Lenhart
ALL-TIME (44 meetings): FC Dallas 15 wins (4 shootout), 49 goals ... Earthquakes 21 wins (3 shootout), 73 goals ... Ties 8
AT DALLAS (22 meetings): FC Dallas 12 wins (4 shootout), 40 goals ... Earthquakes 6 wins (2 shootout), 20 goals ... Ties 4
RETURN MATCHES: 7/18: San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m. PT; 9/29: San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m. PT
LAST YEAR (MLS):
3/26: DAL 0, SJ 2 (Wondolowski 4, 23)
10/22: SJ 4, DAL 2 (Dawkins 26, 38; Baca 27; Wondolowski 34 -- John 45; Luna 90)
- The Earthquakes won both meetings a year ago, a 2-0 win in Frisco on March 26, and a 4-2 win on Oct. 22 in Santa Clara.
- San Jose has scored more goals -- 73 -- against FC Dallas than any other club in their history.
- Coaches record: Schellas Hyndman vs. SJ: P7 W2 L2 D3 ... Frank Yallop vs. DAL: P24 W13 L7 D4
FC Dallas had their winless run in league play extended to 12 games, playing to a second consecutive draw in a 1-1 decision with Toronto FC on Wednesday evening in Frisco. FCD is in ninth place in the Western Conference with 15 points from 18 matches.
HIGHLIGHTS: TFC, FCD battle it out for a draw
- FC Dallas jumped out to a dream start. In the fifth minute, a Daniel Hernandez corner was cleared to Jackson 35 yards from goal. The Brazilian sent a curling ball to Andrew Jacobson, whose smart header back across the box was in turn headed home by Zach Loyd.
- Toronto FC equalized through Danny Koevermans in the 31st minute. A cross was never effectively cleared, and the ball fell to Eric Avila. He fired in a waist-high rocket that Danny Koevermans flicked past FCD goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and into the back of the net.
- FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman made one change to the team that played to a scoreless draw with Chivas USA at FC Dallas Stadium. James Marcelin came into the team in place of Scott Sealy.
- FC DALLAS (4-2-3-1): Kevin Hartman - Zach Loyd, Hernan Pertuz, Matt Hedges, Carlos Rodriguez - James Marcelin, Daniel Hernandez (David Ferreira 58) - Jackson, Andrew Jacobson, Fabian Castillo (Andrew Wiedeman 90) - Brek Shea.
Match Preview: FC Dallas vs. SJ Earthquakes
- FC Dallas saw their winless streak reach 12 games, now almost exactly three months since their last win (April 14 vs. Montreal). It's tied for the seventh-longest winless run in MLS history; the league record is 18 games, set by Real Salt Lake in 2005-06.
- "I thought we gave everything we possibly had in the game. I said to the players after the game, 'there's no reason to hang your head -- you gave everything you had,' " Hyndman said. "It's not what we wanted, but it wasn't through a lack of effort on their part."
- Zach Loyd's goal was his second of the season, his first since scoring the club's first goal of the year all the way back on March 11.
- "It was a great start; unfortunately we didn't come away with the three points," Loyd said. "The good thing is we have a quick turnaround, playing San Jose on Saturday. Hopefully we can get a result here at home.
- David Ferreira made his first appearance in a game since suffering a fractured leg last April 23. Ferreira came on for the final 32 minutes.
- "I thought we created some good chances in the second half when David went on," Hyndman said. "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."
- Said Ferreira: "All the hard work that I have been putting into coming back from the injuries finally paid dividends because I was able to come back into the field. But I want to continue to work and continue to contribute to the team and I'm looking forward to Saturday to get the result that we're looking for."
- Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman became the first player in MLS history to reach the 400-game mark in league play.
- "It's obviously a very big accomplishment for me. As a kid I always wanted to play professional soccer, so to play 400 league games is something that means a lot to me," Hartman said. "It's something I relish, getting to learn the lessons I've learned and traveled to the places I've been able to travel. It's something I hold dear."
- "It really is hard to think about 400 games. It speaks a lot about his determination, how hard he works, how good he is and then the competitiveness in him," said Hyndman. "It's fantastic. I don't know if there's going to be another player who comes along and does that. Maybe if it's one of the Generation adidas players, the young players, but I think it's going to be a while before somebody else hits 400."
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
The San Jose Earthquakes lost for the first time since May 27, falling 2-1 to the Portland Timbers on Tuesday evening at Jeld-Wen Field. The Quakes lead the Western Conference with 36 points from 18 games.
HIGHLIGHTS: Timbers hold on for win against SJ
- The Timbers took the lead on 29 minutes. From a counterattack, Franck Songo'o delivered a perfect cross from the right wing to a charging Danny Mwanga, and the hometown hero chipped in past Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham for his first goal for Portland.
- Portland doubled their lead in the 59th minute. Under pressure from Mamadou 'Futty' Danso while trying to reach a Songo'o free kick, Bingham wasn't able to secure the ball. Jack Jewsbury pounced and slid in to prod it over the line before Bingham could recover.
- The Quakes once again hit for a late goal. Alan Gordon redirected a long shot by Marvin Chavez past Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins in the 74th minute to cut the deficit, but this time they could not come all the way back.
- Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop made three changes to the team that came back for a 4-3 win against the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium. Khari Stephenson and Shea Salinas started in the midfield in place of Marvin Chavez and the suspended Ramiro Corrales, and Alan Gordon started up top in favor of Steven Lenhart.
- SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (4-3-1-2): David Bingham - Steven Beitashour, Jason Hernandez (Tressor Moreno 84), Victor Bernardez, Justin Morrow - Rafael Baca (Marvin Chavez 59), Sam Cronin, Shea Salinas - Khari Stephenson (Steven Lenhart 62) - Alan Gordon, Chris Wondolowski.
Anatomy of a Goal - Sam Cronin vs. LA
- The loss in Portland snapped a three-game winning streak for the Earthquakes, though they still enter the weekend atop the Western Conference.
- "If we could have kept it to one, we could have kept within the match, but the second goal killed us," said Quakes head coach Frank Yallop. "We got our goal back and had a few anxious moments that I thought we could have scored on, but you really can't keep trying to come back from a few goals down."
- While there was not another late comeback on the cards, the Quakes did add to their remarkable tally of late goals. They have scored 13 goals in the final quarter-hour of games -- by far the most in MLS (next is Real Salt Lake with 9). They have scored 22 goals from the 61st minute onward, well ahead of D.C. United, next with 15.
- Alan Gordon yet again scored a late goal for the Quakes. Since being acquired from Toronto FC last July, all seven of Gordon's goals with San Jose have come after the 70th minute.
- "There are some positives to take out of it, without that second goal we could had stayed in it like we always have," said Gordon. "I don't think we're going to hang our heads on this one, we're going to look to the next game and get the win."
- Marvin Chavez recorded an assist on the Gordon goal, and now has three assists in the last two games.
- Shea Salinas made his first start since being injured in the New York match on April 14, playing the full 90 minutes.
- "I personally don't think I played too well," Salinas said. "My crossing wasn't very good. I turned the ball over a few times. I worked very hard, but just couldn't seem to get things going...It might be a little rust, but I don't really have any excuses."
- Said Yallop: "It took Shea a little bit of time to get into it. I think he did OK for his first start. It's not easy. He's been out for a long time. Just to throw him in and play from the start, I thought he did well."
- Goalkeeper David Bingham deputized for the injured Jon Busch, his third appearance in the last four games (one as a substitute), and allowed most than one goal in a game for the first time.
- "I wouldn't call (the second goal a mistake, but David's got to make it known that the referee doesn't have to make a decision. He's got to come out and take it, punch it or kick it. As a goalkeeper you got to do that, and he knows that," said Yallop. "Obviously the second goal doesn't fall on anyone, and he has to learn from that and learn the lesson of not putting the decision into the referees hand, you have to put it into your own."