PHILADELPHIA (Saturday, Aug. 13) – Maicon Santos scored his first FC Dallas goal, and Brek Shea notched his 10th score of the season, as FC Dallas earned a 2-2 draw in front of 18,811 fans at Philadelphia’s PPL Park Saturday night.
Santos put Dallas ahead early, capitalizing on a missed clearance by Carlos Valdes and lofting a left-footed shot over goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon to give the visiting side a 1-0 lead.
Meanwhile, FC Dallas had different defensive woes. After George John picked up a caution in the 24th minute just outside the 18-yard box, Kevin Hartman punched Sebastien Le Toux’s bending free kick out of play. But, mere minutes later, Le Toux was given another chance to equalize when Philadelphia midfielder Justin Mapp and Dallas defender Ugo Ihemelu went tumbling to the ground in the box and the official pointed to the spot. Le Toux stepped up to take the penalty and buried his well-placed shot to the back post.
With seconds winding down in first half stoppage time, Santos played a beautiful through ball to Marvin Chavez who sped by a defender and slipped a shot under Mondragon only to be denied by the near post. Fortunately for Dallas, Shea had raced to catch up to the play and was there to tap in the rebound.
The Dallas side had a few chances to widen the gap in the second half, but twice Danny Califf disrupted goal-scoring opportunities for Shea, and Mondragon denied two on-target shots by Ricardo Villar.
A second caution to John in the 80th minute forced Dallas down a man, and Philadelphia pressed its advantage. In the 84th minute as Gabriel Farfan and Dallas defender Jackson both raced to the ball, Farfan went down just inside the box for the Union’s second penalty kick of the night. Le Toux again stepped to the spot and erased the Dallas lead.
The Union continued to push for an advantage, but Hartman made back-to-back spectacular saves during the six minutes of extended time to preserve the road point.
With the point, FC Dallas maintains its hold on second place in the Western Conference with a 12-6-7 (43 points) mark, while Philadelphia is also second in the Eastern Conference at 8-5-10 (34 points).
DAL — Maicon Santos 7 (unassisted) 16
PHI — Sebastien Le Toux 2 (penalty kick) 33
DAL — Brek Shea 10 (unassisted) 47+
PHI — Sebastien Le Toux 3 (penalty kick) 84
FC Dallas — Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd, George John, Ugo Ihemelu, Jair Benitez, Marvin Chavez (Andrew Jacobson 82), Bruno Guarda (Daniel Cruz 71), Ricardo Villar, Daniel Hernandez (Jackson 67), Brek Shea, Maicon Santos.
Substitutes Not Used: Eric Alexander, Ruben Luna, Bobby Warshaw, Chris Seitz.
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Brek Shea 4); FOULS: 12 (Zach Loyd 3); OFFSIDES: 3 (Marvin Chavez 2); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Ricardo Villar 2); SAVES: 4 (Kevin Hartman 4).
Philadelphia Union — Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan, Justin Mapp (Keon Daniel 79), Freddy Adu (Danny Mwanga 62), Brian Carroll, Veljko Paunovic, Sebastien Le Toux, Jack McInerney (Roger Torres 73).
Substitutes Not Used: Michael Farfan, Stefani Miglioranzi, Amobi Okugo, Zac MacMath.
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Sebastien Le Toux 4); FOULS: 14 (Veljko Paunovic 5); OFFSIDES: 4 (Sebastien Le Toux 2); CORNER KICKS: 10 (Sebastien Le Toux 6); SAVES: 4 (Faryd Mondragon 4).
DAL — George John (caution; Reckless Foul) 24
PHI — Freddy Adu (caution; Reckless Tackle) 27
DAL — Maicon Santos (caution; Dissent) 56
PHI — Jack McInerney (caution; Reckless Tackle) 68
DAL — George John (ejection; Second Caution) 80
Referee: Geoff Gamble
Referee’s Assistants: -Daniel Belleau; Eric Proctor
4th Official: Drew Fischer
Time of Game: 1:56
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman
I thought it was a really wide open game. The fans in the stands got to see a really good game.
I don’t think, as a coach, any time you get a penalty kick called against your team you like it or want it. But those were the calls
Sometimes when you bring a new player like Freddy Adu, there is an adjustment period. We went through the same thing with Maicon Santos last week. They are good players, the type of players you need. The first goal was a mistake on the Union’s part. We gave up a lot of free kicks trying to get on the other side of the ball.
Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman
On earning a good road result in a difficult atmosphere
We really feel like we lost a few points tonight. We certainly had the upper hand the majority of the game, but, unfortunately, George (John) was red-carded, and they were given two PKs. We just have to make sure that we can deal with that stuff and make sure that we come back. I thought that we had a good run of play away from home. I thought we were fairly solid until they went a man up and we had to come up with some plays on the defensive side of stuff. All in all, I think we’re disappointed we didn’t get the win but at the same time we know we’re working in the right direction in terms of playing good soccer and accumulating points.
On the confidence of the team based on its current position in the standings
It’s one of those things that Schellas (Hyndman) alluded to prior to the match. He said that usually the teams that do well in the playoffs are the teams that finish the last ten games strong. We wanted to make sure that we have the right attitude and the right momentum going into the playoffs and try to solidify playoff position and make sure that we’re firing on all cylinders when the time comes.
It’s certainly an important time of the season. We have a big number of games. We had eight games last month and we’ll have eight games this month. It’s fatiguing and we have to make sure that we’re responsible with our bodies and use the depth of our bench and go out there with the right attitude to persevere through some difficult circumstances like tonight.
On having never lost to Philadelphia in four meetings
This is a league where there’s quite a bit of equality amongst the teams. The fact that we haven’t lost to them yet doesn’t mean that it’s not the next one. We have to make sure that we’re always prepared. They certainly have quality throughout their side and to be honest, I thought they had enough opportunities tonight that they definitely could have grabbed the full three points. We really just kind of look at their strengths and make sure that we’re prepared for it but it’s certainly something that as a group we’re proud to have gotten out of here tonight with a point.
On what he was thinking during the last big save against Mwanga
He came in and I knew that Danny had scored an important goal last year to split the points maybe in the 92nd or 93rd minute: long ball into the box knocked down and Danny just came in and struck it, a pretty hard volley into the back of the net. I just made sure I was cognizant, just made sure I stayed up and did the best I could, and, fortunately, I was able to get a hand on it.
Midfielder Brek Shea
On never losing to Philadelphia in four meetings
We do well against this team. I’m not sure why, but we’ve had good success against them. We know that coming into games.
On enjoying his experience in Philadelphia (U.S. match and tonight against the Union)
I was here Sunday to Sunday and I had the U.S. game, tonight, and then went to the Eagles’ friendly against Baltimore. This is definitely a sports city and the fans love their teams. It’s pretty cool to be able to go to any sports event and have a pretty solid crowd.
On the team’s confidence based on its current position in the standings
We’re doing well. We have a lot of games to play. We’re doing well in CONCACAF. We’re doing well in the Open Cup and we’re doing well in the league. We have a lot of games but we’re doing well in all of them so I think this team is pretty confident right now.
Philadelphia Union Head Coach Peter Nowak
I think we made it easy for Dallas to score the goals and it’s a pity because we worked so hard getting the goals. From the results we pushed it until the end and we didn’t win the game because Hartman made some good saves.
We need to do better defensively. That’s what we have done well from the beginning [of the season]. [Tonight,] It was two goals we should not have given up in the first place.
On Freddy Adu:
We gave him a start. It was important for us not to push the envelope too much. You can see he still needs the game fitness. I think he understood the concept of the 60 minutes he played. He is going to get more dangerous if he is going to more from place to place. We have to figure out the tactical part, we have to see where he fits in our system. For the first time, it was good to have him [on the field].”