Preview: Dallas and Colorado scramble for points in Texas
FC DALLAS vs COLORADO RAPIDS
FC DALLAS STADIUM, Frisco, Texas
August 11, 2012 (WEEK 23, MLS Game #218)
8 p.m. CT (KTXA-21; Altitude)
A huge match for the playoff futures of both teams is ahead Saturday night in Frisco when FC Dallas play host to the Colorado Rapids. The clubs are separated by just two points in the Western Conference, the Rapids eight points out of the top five and playoff positions, FCD two further back. The Rapids put an end to their six-game losing run last weekend with a win vs. Real Salt Lake, while FC Dallas return home off a 1-1 draw in Portland.
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REFEREE: Armando Villarreal. AR1 (bench): Brian Poeschel; AR2 (opposite): James Conlee; 4th: Jasen Anno
MLS Career: 4 games; FC/gm: 22.0; Y/gm: 2.5; R: 1; pens: 0
FC DALLAS – OUT: DF Ugo Ihemelu (concussion symptoms); DF Alex Lee (lower abdominal strain); DOUBTFUL: FW Blas Perez (R foot sprain); MF Jackson (concussion symptoms); MF Ricardo Villar (R foot strain)
COLORADO RAPIDS – OUT: DF Anthony Wallace (L Achilles tear); MF Pablo Mastroeni (headaches); QUESTIONABLE: FW Edu (R foot contusion); FW Conor Casey (R hamstring tightness); PROBABLE: DF Tyrone Marshall (R calf tightness)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED: DAL: Zach Loyd (through Aug. 12)
- SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: DAL: Zach Loyd
- SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: Jair Benitez, Daniel Hernandez, Julian de Guzman, Andrew Jacobson, George John … COL: Jaime Castrillon, Tyrone Marshall, Martin Rivero, Tyson Wahl
ALL-TIME (55 meetings): FC Dallas 26 wins (2 shootout), 89 goals …Rapids 19 wins (1 shootout), 67 goals … Ties 10
AT DALLAS (28 meetings): FC Dallas 18 wins (2 shootout), 52 goals … Rapids 6 wins (1 shootout), 28 goals … Ties 4
5/6: DAL 0, COL 2 (Castrillón 61; Rivero 74)
7/14: COL 1, DAL 2 (Cummings 50 – Rodriguez 60; Castillo 81)
- The teams are meeting for the third time this season, having split the first two. Goals from Jaime Castrillón and Martín Rivero gave the Rapids a 2-0 win on May 6; FC Dallas rebounded for a 2-1 win July 14 behind second-half goals by Carlos Rodríguez and Fabian Castillo.
- The teams have split their four meetings since Colorado’s extra-time triumph in MLS Cup 2010 in Toronto. Each team won at home in their two meetings last year; this year the home team has won each time.
- Coaches record: Schellas Hyndman vs. COL: P11 W3 L4 D4 … Oscar Pareja vs. DAL: P2 W1 L1 D0
- The Rapids took the lead five minutes into the second half. Conor Casey found an unmarked Omar Cummings in all kinds of space down the right side, and he fired home from the angle, beating Kevin Hartman to the near post.
- But FCD leveled the score at 1-1 10 minutes later. Cleaning up a cleared corner, Fabian Castillo’s speed created room for his cross into the box, which found the substitute Carlos Rodriguez at the back post.
- The winner came nine minutes from the end. A perfect ball from David Ferreira found Rodriguez on the right flank, but his cut-back was headed off the line by a retreating Drew Moor. But Castillo was there to smash home the rebound.
- COLORADO RAPIDS (4-4-2): Matt Pickens - Hunter Freeman, Marvell Wynne, Drew Moor, Luis Zapata (Edu 85) - Brian Mullan (Tony Cascio 71), Martin Rivero, Jeff Larentowicz, Jaime Castrillon (Jamie Smith 68) - Omar Cummings, Conor Casey.
- FC DALLAS (4-4-1-1): Kevin Hartman - Zach Loyd, Hernan Pertuz, Matt Hedges, Jair Benitez - Ricardo Villar (Carlos Rodriguez 57), Daniel Hernandez, Andrew Jacobson (James Marcelin 73), Brek Shea (Scott Sealy 82) - David Ferreira - Fabian Castillo.
FC Dallas returned to the road and were pegged back into a 1-1 with the Portland Timbers on Sunday evening at Jeld-Wen Field. FCD is in eighth place in the Western Conference with 23 points from 24 matches.
HIGHLIGHTS: POR 1, DAL 1
- The visitors took the lead in the 51st minute. Brek Shea snuck past a flat-footed Portland backline to get onto the end of David Ferreira’s perfectly weighted through ball. He then squared for Scott Sealy, who had a simple tap-in for the opener.
- Less than 60 seconds later, FCD were down to 10 men when Zach Loyd was sent off for dragging down Portland’s Franck Songo’o, his second yellow of the game from referee Ricardo Salazar.
- FCD goalkeeper Kevin Hartman made a series of highlight-reel saves, but the tying goal came after he punched out a cross in the 79th minute, Jack Jewsbury lacing a left-footed volley from the edge of the area to even the score.
- FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman made three changes to the team that fell 1-0 to the LA Galaxy at FC Dallas Stadium. George John came in at center back for Hernan Pertuz, and Fabian Castillo and Brek Shea came in at wide positions for Jackson and Carlos Rodriguez.
- FC DALLAS (4-2-3-1): Kevin Hartman - Zach Loyd (sent off 52), George John, Matt Hedges, Jair Benitez - Andrew Jacobson, Julian de Guzman (James Marcelin 76) - Fabian Castillo (Daniel Hernandez 87), David Ferreira, Brek Shea - Scott Sealy (Carlos Rodriguez 57).
- Brek Shea made his first appearance after missing two matches entirely, and played the full 90 minutes for the first time since July 7.
- “I think I was just excited to be back,” Shea said. “I hadn’t been out there in a while so I was excited to be back. Maybe the atmosphere helped, too. Playing in front of these guys, no matter if they’re cheering against me or not, it gets you going.”
- Shea recorded an assist, his first of the season and first since last Oct. 15. It was the first time he was on the scoresheet since his April 28 goal vs. the LA Galaxy.
- “It hurt us, but it was the best thing for Brek,” Hyndman said. “Tonight he did well. He played hard, was able to go the full 90 and he had a great assist.” Said Shea: “If we had won, it would’ve maybe meant a little bit more. It definitely feels good to get something like that, but it’s one game. If it’s a string of games, I’ll feel better.”
- When Zach Loyd was sent off early in the second half, Hyndman shifted Shea to play as the striker, while sacrificing forward Scott Sealy in place of Carlos Rodríguez. Sealy scored for the second time in the last three games, his first MLS goals since the 2008 season.
- “I would’ve liked to have seen us play with 11 players, and I think there was enough things going on out there that there could’ve been 10 players on each team,” FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman said. “But it seems that when you’re on the road sometimes the calls don’t go your way and this has been one of those seasons.”
- Said Shea: “A lot of stuff happens. I think the role changes for everyone. Defending for however many minutes left, it pretty much sucks.”
- After coming off the substitutes’ bench for two consecutive matches, Julian de Guzman returned to the FCD starting lineup, making his second start since coming to the club.
- “We thought Julian might be a little bit more mobile than Daniel [Hernandez] in that position. It had nothing to do with Daniel not playing well, we just didn’t want to put him on the turf and have him cover players running through,” said Hyndman.
- Fabian Castillo was also a returnee to the starting lineup after a two-match absence, having come off the substitutes’ bench in the LA contest.
The Colorado Rapids snapped their club-record six-game losing skid, defeating Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Saturday evening at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids are in seventh place in the Western Conference with 25 points from 23 games.
- The game’s lone goal came just before the end of the first half. Drew Moor’s cross from the right wing deflected off the head of Jaime Castrillón to the top of the box, and Joseph Nane pounced on the rebound and received a friendly bounce off the bottom of the crossbar over the line.
- Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja made one change to the side that fell 2-1 to Seattle Sounders FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Jaime Castrillon came into the team in place of Conor Casey.
- COLORADO RAPIDS (4-5-1): Matt Pickens - Drew Moor, Marvell Wynne, Tyrone Marshall (Wells Thompson 49), Luis Zapata - Brian Mullan, Joseph Nane (Jamie Smith 72), Jaime Castrillon, Jeff Larentowicz, Martin Rivero (Kamani Hill 81) - Omar Cummings.
HIGHLIGHTS: COL 1, RSL 0
- The Rapids won for the first time since a 3-0 victory against Portland on June 30, snapping their losing streak at a club-record tying six matches.
- “We spoke during the week to the boys. We said we still have time and we're going to keep fighting. They have been pushing, they have been trying, they have been fighting,” said Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja. “Today they got the result they deserved, and many of our games, they deserved it but they don't get anything. Today I was truly proud of them.”
- It was the first shutout for the Rapids and goalkeeper Matt Pickens since the victory against Portland, and just the second in the last 13 games. Pickens was credited with his 40th goalkeeper victory, now the club’s all-time leader.
- “Pickens has been huge this season," defender Drew Moor said. "I think he’s probably had one of the best seasons of his career for sure, which is almost unfair to say because defensively, we haven’t been as good in front of him for the last two or three years. In the locker room, the influence that he’s leaving on this team has been unbelievable. He’s really stepped up vocally.”
- Brian Mullan made his 300th league appearance, becoming the 15th player in MLS history to reach that milestone.
- Joseph Nane scored the first goal of his MLS career – on his first shot on goal since May 25, 2011.
- “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. I was wondering [if] it was ever going to come, but it’s nice that it’s finally there,” Nane said. “ … We’ve got to start somewhere, whether it’s with me or somebody else. It’s a relief, you can actually see it in the locker room, everybody is happy. That’s what we wanted.”
- With Conor Casey sidelined with a left hamstring injury, Nane played a more attacking role behind lone striker Omar Cummings in the Rapids’ 5-man midfield.
- “Nane has given us balance,” Pareja said. “We were trying to get that balance out of Martín [Rivero] or Jaime [Castrillón] or Jamie [Smith], but the balance he is bringing at the moment is more natural, because he knows the position, and I think he’s helping Jeff [Larentowicz] a lot in that situation. Obviously he needs some more games in order to be match-fit for the 90 minutes, but I’m very happy with the production he’s bringing to the team.”
- The Rapids have not put together back-to-back wins since opening the season with victories against Columbus and Philadelphia.
- “This is how we can perform, this is how we can play. We can score goals, we can continue to create. We probably should have gotten a couple more [vs. RSL], and we can get shutouts,” said Moor. “That's how things have been in the past. Three or four months ago, this would have been a normal win for us. We need to continue to build on this momentum.”