USOC: Seattle Sounders 1, FC Dallas 0

TUKWILA, Wash. — The three-peat is on. Fredy Montero stepped up and buried the lone goal of the match as Seattle defeated FC Dallas 1-0 on Tuesday night at Starfire Sports Stadium to send the Sounders through to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup final.



Seattle will host the Chicago Fire — who defeated USL Pro side Richmond Kickers 2-1, also on Tuesday — on Oct. 4 at CenturyLink Field for the right to lift the Open Cup crown. Montero’s 40th-minute goal was one of few scoring chances in an otherwise intense battle.



With both sides facing a bye from MLS play during Labor Day, Seattle coach Sigi Schmid and Dallas boss Schellas Hyndman were free to use their full-strength starting lineups.



For FC Dallas, that included Brek Shea and Maicon Santos, but George John was left out after his taxing transfer saga with Blackburn of the English Premier League. Seattle countered with right back Zach Scott, who was effective against Shea during the teams’ Aug. 20 meeting, and Brad Evans in the middle.



Of the two sides, Seattle certainly had the better of the match in the early going. The Sounders sent many of their attacks up the right side — guarded by FCD left back Jair Benítez — through Mauro Rosales, and it was the Argentine who nearly struck first.



In the 26th minute, Rosales just missed the far post with a drive after Montero and Jeff Parke kept a corner kick alive.



Then, in the 35th, Álvaro Fernández made a move to the baseline and had his shot punched away by a diving Kevin Hartman.



The Sounders, however, were flowing and Montero’s goal capped a period of extended dominance for the home side.



On the goal, Montero faked a shot with his dominant right to lose FCD defender Ugo Ihemelu before pulling the ball onto his left foot. His curling effort from just outside the penalty area nestled softly inside Hartman’s far post for the 1-0 lead.



With FCD looking to reinforce their defense, John came on at halftime for ineffective midfielder Daniel Cruz, with Andrew Jacobson moving from center back into midfield to occupy the spot vacated by Cruz.



While there were plenty of fouls to be called, there weren’t too many scoring chances. FC Dallas were left to rue their best of the night — a laser beam off the foot of Marvin Chávez that squarely caught the near post.



The 49th minute chance was one of only two shots on goal for FCD on the night.



But Dallas kept mounting the pressure and came just shy of equalizing in the final moments of the match as an unmarked Chávez squandered his attempt. With Sounders ‘keeper Kasey Keller out of his net after a scramble, the midfielder failed to put his shot anywhere close to the target, sending his shot wide and putting Seattle in their third straight USOC final.



No matter the winner between Seattle and Chicago on Oct. 4, someone will tie a US Open Cup record. The Fire will be aiming for their fifth title, which would equal a modern-era record, while the Sounders are vying to become only the second team in 98 years to claim three consecutive trophies.



Scoring Summary:
SEA — Fredy Montero (Alvaro Fernandez) 40



Misconduct Summary:
DAL — Daniel Cruz (caution; Reckless Foul) 12
DAL — Daniel Hernandez (caution; Dissent) 22
SEA — Leo Gonzalez (caution; Tactical Foul) 35
SEA — Brad Evans (caution; Reckless Tackle) 58
DAL — Ricardo Villar (caution; Reckless Tackle) 63
DAL — Maicon Santos (caution; Dissent) 63




FC Dallas — Kevin Hartman, Jair Benitez (Jack Stewart 89), Jeremy Hall, Ugo Ihemelu, Andrew Jacobson, Daniel Hernandez, Daniel Cruz (George John 46), Marvin Chavez, Brek Shea, Ricardo Villar (Jackson 64), Maicon Santos.
Substitutes Not Used: Victor Ulloa, Bobby Warshaw, Andrew Wiedeman, Chris Seitz.



Seattle Sounders — Kasey Keller, Zach Scott, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez, Mauro Rosales, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez (Lamar Neagle 84), Fredy Montero (James Riley 89), Pat Noonan (Mike Fucito 66).
Substitutes Not Used: Erik Friberg, Nate Jaqua, Tyson Wahl, Josh Ford.



Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee’s Assistants: Mike Rottersman; Paul Scott
4th Official: Jeff Hosking
Attendance: 4,593
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 68 degrees

Defender George John is back


Defender unable to finalize a deal with EPL’s Blackburn Rovers


FRISCO, Texas (Aug. 27, 2011) – FC Dallas defender George John’s transfer to English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers, was not finalized, the club announced today.


“Despite mutual interest, Blackburn Rovers and George John have decided not to enter into a contract,” FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn said. “Blackburn had significant interest in acquiring George; however, for the time being, they decided not to finalize the deal. We are excited to have a player of George’s caliber back at FC Dallas.”


John will be returning to the team and will be available for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal versus Seattle Sounders FC in Tukwila, WA on Tuesday, Aug. 30.


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Hernandez, Maicon and Warshaw give three points to FC Dallas

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Saturday, Aug. 27) – FC Dallas rookie Bobby Warshaw netted his first career goal in stoppage time to cap a dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Sporting Kansas City at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park Saturday night.


Down 2-0 in the 70th minute, the defending Western Conference Champions got goals from Daniel Hernandez, Maicon Santos and Warshaw to pick up three points on the road. MLS All-Star Brek Shea assisted on both the game-tying and game-winning goals.


Sporting Kansas City opened the match on the attack, getting its first solid opportunity in the 20th minute when Teal Bunbury sprung Omar Bravo with a long through ball. The pass was well timed, beating the FC Dallas backline and creating a one-on-one opportunity for Bravo against FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman. Fortunately for FC Dallas, center back Ugo Ihemelu chased Bravo down in time, taking a sure goal off the foot of the former Mexican international.


One minute later, Hartman was thrust into action again, robbing Bunbury of a goal rather than an assist. The play began with a corner taken by Graham Zusi. The in-swinging ball found Bunbury alone at the far post and the forward used his entire 6-2 frame to volley a shot at the near post. Moving from his right post to his left post, Hartman arrived in time to knock the shot out with his right arm for a corner kick.


Eventually, in the 23rd minute, FC Dallas succumbed to the continued pressure giving up a goal to Kansas City midfielder Kei Kamara. The play started with a strong run through midfield by Zusi, who took on multiple FC Dallas defenders before losing the ball to Ihemelu 30 yards from goal. Upon winning the ball, Ihemelu came together with backtracking FC Dallas midfielder Bruno Guarda and Kamara. Kamara took the fortunate hop, dribbled to the top right corner of the area and buried a shot, low to the far post behind Hartman for a 1-0 lead.


Sporting Kansas City took a two-goal lead in the 67th minute on a free kick knocked into the area from midfield. The ball was initially won by defender Andrew Jacobson, only to have the contested header fall to the feet of Bunbury five yards from goal. Bunbury knocked a simple lateral pass to Bravo who finished into the empty net.


FC Dallas showed its character, firing back immediately on a goal that began with a free kick on the left flank. Hernandez opted to take the kick, bending a ball to the near post that Ihemelu just missed getting a head on, but was close enough to cross up Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen. The goal, credited to Hernandez, cut Sporting Kansas City’s advantage to 2-1 in the 70th minute.


Six minutes later, FC Dallas gained a one-man advantage when Bunbury was shown his second caution of the match for a tackle from behind on Jair Benitez. Sporting Kansas City managed to hold possession of the ball despite being a man down until the 89th minute, when Warshaw slid a pass outside to Shea, who one-timed a left-footed cross to the back post. In a crowd of defenders Santos, rose above the pack to nod home the game-tying goal.


Rather than settling for a draw on the road, FC Dallas continued to press its attack in stoppage time. For the second time in three minutes, the trio of Warshaw, Santos and Shea connected in Dallas’ attacking third. Santos sent a cross on the floor to Shea, who ran at a defender before sending an out-swinging service to the far post. There, Warshaw charged through two Kansas City defenders to hammer home the game-winner.


Attendance: 20,018


Scoring Summary:
KC – Kei Kamara 22
KC – Omar Bravo (Teal Bunbury) 68
DAL – Daniel Hernandez 70
DAL – Maicon Santos (Brek Shea) 89
DAL – Bobby Warshaw (Brek Shea) 91+


Misconduct Summary:
KC – Teal Bunbury (caution; reckless foul) 16
KC – Chance Myers (caution; persistent infringement) 36
DAL – Jair Benitez (caution; dissent) 36
DAL – Brek Shea (caution; reckless foul) 51
KC – Teal Bunbury (caution; reckless foul) 76
KC – Teal Bunbury (ejection; second caution) 76
DAL – Ugo Ihemelu (caution; tactical foul) 81
DAL – Daniel Hernandez (caution; tactical foul) 90


FC Dallas — Kevin Hartman, Andrew Jacobson, Jeremy Hall, Ugo Ihemelu, Jair Benitez (Ruben Luna 79), Marvin Chavez (Bobby Warshaw 68), Bruno Guarda (Jackson 61), Ricardo Villar, Daniel Hernandez, Brek Shea, Maicon Santos.


Substitutes Not Used: Jack Stewart, Victor Ulloa, Andrew Wiedeman, Chris Seitz.


TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Maicon Santos 9); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Maicon Santos 2); FOULS: 13 (Ugo Ihemelu, Marvin Chavez, Bruno Guarda, Brek Shea 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Jeremy Hall 1); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Ricardo Villar 3); SAVES: 3 (Kevin Hartman 3).


Sporting KC — Jimmy Nielsen, Chance Myers, Matt Besler, Julio Cesar, Seth Sinovic (Michael Harrington 89), Kei Kamara, Roger Espinoza, Omar Bravo (Aurelien Collin 71), Graham Zusi, C.J. Sapong, Teal Bunbury.


Substitutes Not Used: Korede Aiyegbusi, Davy Arnaud, Birahim Diop, Soony Saad, Eric Kronberg.


TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Kei Kamara, CJ Sapong 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (CJ Sapong); FOULS: 13 (Teal Bunbury 6); OFFSIDES: 2 (Kei Kamara, Graham Zusi 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Graham Zusi 5); SAVES: 1 (Jimmy Nielsen 1).


Referee: Chris Penso
Referee’s Assistants: Paul Scott, Bill Dittmar
4th Official: Edvin Jurisevic
Time of Match: 2:11
Weather: Sunny, 88 degrees

SMU Men’s Soccer starts the 2011-2012 season

No. 5 SMU Hosts No. 13 William & Mary In 
Season Opener Kickoff set for Saturday 
at Westcott Field at 7 p.m.
Expanded Game Notes
SMU Men's Soccer




Coach Tim Clements has the benefit as the only D1 men’s soccer program
in Texas, The luxury of selecting area talent with a dash of out-of-state gems. The #5 ranked Mustangs will face top teams from coast to coast. Early season match-up with ACC powerhouse Duke and a mid-season meeting with the #1 ranked UCLA highlights this season’s schedule. The Mustang men will be considered a legitimate contender for the 2012 College Cup.


Veteran Leadership

SMU 2011 squad is comprised of veteran leadership in the back-line. The Senior depth will be needed as a new GK will make his debut this season. Hermann award watch candidate Arthur Ivo will be key to the Pony attack. T.J. Nelson(Midfielder) Arthur Ivo(Midfielder/Forward) Ian Kalis (Defender) Diogo de Almeida(Defender) Payton Hickey(Midfielder) Adam Still(Defender)



The incoming Freshman class are highlighted by Edu Aranda(Midfielder),
Aaron Simmons(Midfielder/Defender) and Will Smith(Midfielder/Forward).
Oklahoma 2011 Player of the Year, Will Smith be fighting for minutes in FW position along with Aranda and Simmons who led their USSDA U18 Dallas Texans squad to the 1st ever undefeated season.


Super Sophs

The fabulous trio of Zach Barnes (Midfielder), Juan Castillo(Forward)
and Robbie Derschang(Midfielder) played a big part of the Pony’s success last year. The expectation remains high as they will be relied on to bring this team to the next level. Zach is a tenacious DM with a knack for goals. Robbie has a wicked left foot and loves to take on all defenders and Juan Castillo, the Freshman sensation, will again provide the main scoring attack.



The big unknown with the 2011 squad is who will be starting GK? The
Mustangs will rely on a redshirt freshman and a true freshman.
Austin area and Lonestar SC Devin Cook will compete with FC Dallas
Academy Jaime Ibarra for the starting GK position









2011 Schedule

08/27/11	vs. William & Mary	Westcott Field	7:00 p.m. CT
Duke Tournament
09/02/11	vs. NC State	Durham, N.C.	4:00 p.m. CT
09/04/11	at Duke	Durham, N.C.	1:30 p.m. CT

Tulsa Tournament
09/09/11	Oakland	Tulsa, Okla.	5:00 p.m. CT
09/11/11	vs. Connecticut	Tulsa, Okla.	11:00 a.m. CT

SMU Classic Presented by Jason's Deli
09/16/11	Tulsa vs. Washington	Westcott Field	5:00 p.m. CT
09/16/11	vs. Dartmouth	Westcott Field	7:30 p.m. CT
09/18/11	Tulsa vs. Dartmouth	Westcott Field	12:00 p.m. CT
09/18/11	vs. Washington	Westcott Field	7:00 p.m. CT
09/23/11	at Cal State Northridge	Northridge, Calif.9:00 p.m. CT
09/25/11	at UCLA	Los Angeles, CA	3:00 p.m. CT
10/01/11	vs. UCF *	Westcott Field	7:00 p.m. CT
10/05/11	at Tulsa *	Tulsa, Okla.	7:00 p.m. CT
10/08/11	at Marshall *	Huntington, W. Va.	6:00 p.m. CT
10/12/11	at South Carolina *	Columbia, S.C.	6:00 p.m. CT
10/16/11	vs. Florida International *Westcott Field 7:00 p.m. CT
10/21/11	vs. Missouri State	Westcott Field	7:00 p.m. CT
10/26/11	vs. UAB *	Westcott Field	7:00 p.m. CT
10/30/11	at Kentucky *	Lexington, Ky.	11:00 a.m. CT
11/04/11	vs. Memphis *	Westcott Field	7:00 p.m. CT
11/09/11	Conference USA Championship *	Tulsa, Okla.	TBA
11/11/11	Conference USA Championship	Tulsa, Okla.	TBA
11/13/11	Conference USA Championship	Tulsa, Okla.

Irene ocasiona cambios en calendario de la MLS

NUEVA YORK (Jueves, 25 de agosto de 2011) – Por preocupación de seguridad pública, Major League Soccer ha cambiado al calendario dado el posible impacto del Huracán Irene:


Los equipos locales aparecen primero


D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers (en el RFK Stadium)


Nuevo horario: Sábado, 27 de agosto a las 2:00 p.m. (Hora del Este)*

 Anteriormente programado para el sábado, 27 de agosto a las 7:30 p.m. (Hora del Este)



*Major League Soccer en colaboración con D.C. United y los Portland Timbers, continuarán monitorear el desarrollo del Huracán Irene antes de tomar un decisión final sobre el partido entre ambos equipos, originalmente programado para el sábado a las 7:30 p.m. (Hora del Este) en el RFK Stadium en Washington, D.C.


Una actualización del estado de este partido será anunciado mañana, viernes, a las 12:00 p.m. al más tardar (Hora del Este).


La seguridad pública será considerada una prioridad en el proceso decisivo.


Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution (en el PPL Park)


Nueva fecha y horario: Miércoles, 7 de septiembre a las 8:00 p.m. (Hora del Este)(Galavisión)

Anteriormente programado para el: Domingo, 28 de agosto a las 7:00 p.m. (Hora del Este) (Galavisión)


New York Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy (en el Red Bull Arena)

Nueva fecha y horario: Martes, 4 de octubre a las 8:00 p.m. (Hora del Este) (ESPN Deportes/ESPN2)

 Anteriormente programado para el domingo, 28 de agosto a las 7:00 p.m. (Hora del Este) (ESPN Deportes/ESPN2)


“Con la seguridad de nuestros aficionados y los equipos en mente y gracias a la cooperación de los clubes y nuestros socios de transmisión, Major League Soccer ha cambiado las fechas de dos partidos originalmente programados para este fin de semana”, dijo Nelson Rodriguez, Vice presidente Ejecutivo de Competencia y Organización de Partidos. “Tenemos entendido que el Huracán Irene pueda causar condiciones extremas para viajar y no apropiadas para el desarrollo del juego en cada una de las tres sedes de este fin de semana. Agradecemos la comprensión de nuestros aficionados sobre estas decisiones y la ayuda de los medios de comunicación para divulgar este mensaje”.

Brek Shea and Zach Loyd named to U.S National Team

FC Dallas and Red Bull New York are only two MLS sides with two players named to Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad for Sept. 2 and Sept. 6 matches

CHICAGO (Aug. 25, 2011) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea and defender Zach Loyd to a squad of 24 players to prepare for the upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium.



“We are excited to be one of only two MLS teams to have multiple players called into U.S. National Team camp,” FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn said. “Both Brek and Zach are deserving of this honor, having displayed the ability to excel at the MLS level. I am sure they will continue that success on the international stage.”



The U.S. first hosts Costa Rica on Sept. 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, and Galavision. Four days later, coverage from King Baudouin Stadium begins at 1:30 p.m. CT on ESPN and



“We are excited to get the group back together and to see some fresh new faces,” said Klinsmann. “We will continue to get to know the players and gather some valuable information during our 10 days together. Hopefully we can continue where we left off from the game against Mexico.”


Many of the players from the 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10 in Philadelphia return for their second camp under Klinsmann. FC Dallas’ Shea entered that match in the 60th minute, instantly shifting the momentum in favor of the U.S.

The U.S. goal came on a play that began when Club America’s Edgar Castillo took a throw-in in the 73rd minute. Castillo found Red Bull New York forward Juan Agudelo, who was almost on the end line. Agudelo touched the ball back to the charging Shea, who shrugged off the challenge of Israel Castro, burst to the end line, and then sent a pass on the ground through the six-yard box that evaded the diving Guillermo Ochoa at the near post. The cross rolled right into the path of the totally unmarked Robbie Rogers at the far post, and he tapped in from four yards out.

Loyd, who was called into replace defender Timmy Chandler for the match against Mexico, was the fifth pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. Loyd has played in 24 games for FC Dallas this season, scoring once and adding three assists for the defending Western Conference Champions. He made his international debut on Jan. 22 against Chile, starting and going 72 minutes in the 1-1 draw.



GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)

DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca)

FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)

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FC Dallas tops Toronto FC 1-0

TORONTO, ON (Aug. 25, 2011) – FC Dallas is alone atop Group C in CONCACAF Champions League after defeating Toronto FC 1-0 at BMO Field this morning on a first half goal scored by recently-acquired defender Jack Stewart.

On the goal, Stewart established his position in the box and redirected a header to the near post on a ball served into the area from the left corner flag by fellow center back Ugo Ihemelu. The goal came in the first minute of stoppage-time in the first half. Dallas now has six points from two games with four matches yet to play in the Group Stage. Three of those four remaining matches will be played at Pizza Hut Park.

The match, abandoned Wednesday night at halftime because of lightning, heavy rain and a tornado watch with Dallas leading 1-0, was restarted from the beginning at 9:15 a.m. CT in sunshine before a sparse crowd at BMO Field.


FC Dallas was awarded a penalty kick in the 44th minute when winger Marvin Chavez beat two defenders before being fouled in the area by Toronto’s Richard Eckersley. Daniel Hernandez, who converted a penalty kick in a 1-0 win against Toronto FC earlier in the year, stepped to the mark only to have his shot attempt smack off the outside of the right post. Just over a minute later, Stewart netted his first goal in an FC Dallas uniform a mere nine days after joining the club on loan from NASL side NSC Minnesota Stars.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman made three saves to pick up his fourth consecutive clean sheet in CONCACAF Champions League competition.

Scoring Summary:

DAL – Jack Stewart (Ugo Ihemelu) 45+


Toronto FC (CAN): 30- Milos KO?I?; 6- Julian DE GUZMAN, 7- Joao PLATA, 9- Ryan JOHNSON, 15- Matthew STINSON (80’: 4- Doneil HENRY), 20- Ty HARDEN, 22- Torsten FRINGS, 25- Danleigh BORMAN (54’: 5- Ashtone MORGAN), 27- Richard ECKERSLEY, 28- Gianluca ZAVARISE (56’: 21- Leandre GRIFFIT), 70- Peri MAROSEVIC.


SUBS – 24- Stefan FREI; 3- Andy IRO, 23- Terry DUNFIELD, 55- Eddy VIATOR.


FC Dallas (USA): 1- Kevin HARTMAN; 2- Daniel HERNANDEZ, 3- Ugo IHEMELU, 5- Jair BENITEZ, 6- Jackson GONCALVEZ (23’: 15- Fabian CASTILLO), 7- Daniel CRUZ (63’: 8- Bruno GUARDA), 11- Ricardo VILLAR (76’: 16- Bobby WARSHAW), 17- Jeremy HALL, 18- Marvin CHAVEZ, 20- Brek SHEA, 25- Jack STEWART.

TD: Schellas HYNDMAN

Unused SUBS – 30- Chris SEITZ; 4- Andrew JACOBSON, 28- Victor ULLOA, 34- Ruben LUNA.


Booked /Amonestados:



Sent offs/ Expulsados:



Statistics/Estadísticas                               TOR                         FCD

Goal Attempts/Tiros Totales                    14                             9

Shots on Target/Tiros al Arco                  3                               3

Saves/Atajadas                                        2                               3

Fouls/Faltas                                             11                             10

Corner Kicks/Tiros de Esquina                6                               4

Offsides/Fuera de Lugar                          1                               5


R: Javier SANTOS (PUR)

A1: Antonio LÓPEZ (PUR)

A2: Dion NEIL (TRI)


FC Dallas defender Jack Stewart

On his goal…
“Ugo played a good ball in on the cross. I stayed to the front post and was able to beat the goalie to the post. It was after a set play, so we just kept our runs going and got a good chance after the rebound.”

On restarting the game 0-0 after leading 1-0 at halftime yesterday…
It’s not the way you want to go into a game but it all worked out for us in the end. It was good to get a result. The coaching staff did a good job of getting us prepared for today. It’s more of a mental thing because you play 45 minutes last night and you are up 1-0 and now you’ve got to start the whole game over. It’s not an ideal situation but we’re professionals and we responded well.”

FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman

General thoughts on the match…
“The game today was really a good result for FC Dallas. We’ve played four games in CONCACAF Champions League and we’ve won all four with four shutouts. The whole game was quite a unique experience with the stoppage of the game yesterday when we were winning 1-0, sitting around in the locker room for another two hours last night and then getting up early this morning for kickoff.  It took a lot out of both teams, but again, our boys came through.

We had an issue with Andrew Jacobson this morning at kickoff so Jack Stewart was thrown in there at the last minute. He was not prepared, but he went in and it was really nice to see him get the game-winning goal. Our players played hard and gave everything they had for us to come away with a 1-0 victory.”

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FC Dallas vs Toronto rescheduled for tomorrow


TORONTO (Wednesday, Aug. 24) – The CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage match between FC Dallas and Toronto FC at BMO Field has been rescheduled for 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, Aug. 24 because of inclement weather.


Play stopped for 41 minutes late in the first half with FC Dallas leading 1-0 on an 18th minute goal by Jackson. The two teams returned to the pitch and finished the half before heading to their respective locker rooms as rain, thunder and lightning enveloped BMO Field. The teams waited two hours for weather to clear, but were unable to return to the field.


Per CONCACAF rules the game must be restarted, erasing the Dallas side’s Wednesday night 1-0 lead.



George John en europa y FC Dallas en Canadá

Sin la participación del defensa George John que ayer viajó a Grecia para acceder a su pasaporte internacional con la finalidad de finalizar su pase al Blackburn Rovers de la Premier League, el FC Dallas enfrentará mañana a Toronto FC en su segundo encuentro de grupo por la Liga de Campeones de la Concacaf.


El cuadro practicó esta mañana por espacio de hora y media para luego dirigirse al aeropuerto internacional que lo llevaría al vecino país norteño.
En reemplazo de John estaría el recien inorporado al club Jack Stewart o, como aeguró Schellas Hyndman Andrew Jacobson. La otra posibilidad es Zach Loyd, pero la lesión sufrida en elpartido con Seattle lo dejó en Dallas, pero Hyndman dijo “con Zach estamos pensando en el partido del sábado contra Sporting Kansas”.

Hyndman conversando con Ihemelu y Jacobson en ausencia de John.


Para el también defensa Jeremy Hall este será su segundo partido, jugador que saltó al campo precisamente en reemplazo de Loyd que ocupaba el puesto de John, suspendido en ese partido. “Jackson es un defensa versátil lo vemos mejor como mediocampista de ataque”.


Sobre el partido que mañana enfrentará a Toronto en su estadio y sobre la magnitud de lo que significa un partido de esta categoría Hyndman dijo “Para nosotros encontrar un “‘exito en Concacaf creo que es grande porque no spone en vitrina internacional ganándole a Pumas en México o jugando en El Salvador este es un partido importante para nosotros porque si ganamos este sumamos seis puntos y talvez podemos sacar un par de puntos más después tenemos que bajar un poco porque sabemos que iremos a la próxima etapa, pero antes de llegar allí tenemos que tener el trabajo realizado”.


El capitán Daniel Hernandez también aseguró que esta “es una buena oportunidad de sumar otros tres puntos en nuestro grupo, creo que estamos de iguales con Toronto, ellos también han hecho cambios en su equipo en el último mes, hicimos un buen trabajo en México sacando tres puntos contra Pumas, podemos sumar seis y esperar la siguiente fase pero recordemos el partido con Pumas no era para campeonato, aunque la gente habla de triunfo histórico para nosotros solamente un partido”.

El defensa Jack Stewart, posible reemplazo de John junto a Fabián Castillo que retornó a ganarse el puesto.

“Estoy en una situación difícil porque no sé lo que está pasando. Me encontré con el equipo ayer y creo que ellos sabían porque creo que George les ha dicho a alguno de ellos y lo estaba esperando para las prácticas de ayer”, dijo Schellas Hyndman antes de partir a Canadá esta mañana. El cuadro de reserva entrenó ayer donde el greco/americano estaba esperado por no haber jugado el sabado debido a una suspensión, pero que estuvo presente en el partido donde su equipo cayó con Seattle por la mínima diferencia.


“Recibí un mensaje diez minutos antes donde decía que está en camino a Grecia, ahora asumiendo que está en Inglaterra sometiendose a las pruebas físicas, entonces le dessamos lo mejor. Es algo que él quería hacer, tuvimos mucha dificultad tratando de tomar algún tipo de decisión porque sabemos lo importante que él es par a nuestro equipo, y que estamos compitiendo por diferentes campeonatos”.


Defensa central George John. A su lado Emerson Hyndman, jugador del Fulham sub-16.

Por ello “es difícil perder alguien como él a estas alturas de la temporadaroda, es como Kenny Cooper, cuando lo perdimos a mitad de año, nos dio el recurso financniero de renovar el equipo que tenemos ahora, cuando ves la mente del jugador  sabes que quiere irese a jugar a otra parte es difícil decir no vamos a hacer este cambio, si quiere estar en otro lugar tenemos que apoyarlo porque ese es su sueño. Lo que sí podremos hacer es conservar este equipo el próximo año y talvez añadir más jugadores porque tendremos más financiamiento para tener incluso un mejor equipo”.


La situación de John es un poco diferente a la de Eric Avila, aclaró Hyndman “nosotros queríamos dar a Avila más partidos, era un préstamo que iba a suceder con un cuadro mexicano, con John es una venta, por eso con el préstamo no sacábamos nada, con la venta sacamos recursos económicos que nos da la oportunidad de mantener a alguno de los jugadores y además ir a buscar más”.


Hernandez por su parte dijo “como uno de los mejores centrales de la liga será una pieza clave que será extrañado, si se va,  pero a quien no le gustaría jugar en la Premier League, es una gran oportunidad para él, aquí nosotros tenemos que encontrar la manera de sobreponernos a su salida, como repito si se va, como lo hemos estado haciendo todo el año, lesiones, suspensiones o cualquier otra razón hemos estado haciendo cambios, tenemos que mantenernos positivos y seguir luchando y sacar resultados con cualquiera que asuma su posición”.


EL partido de mañana miércoles se jugará a partir de las 7pm. en el BMO Field de Toronto.

Solitario gol da victoria a Seattle

En un partido donde el conjunto local tuvo la posesión del balón la mayor parte de los noventa y más minutos, el visitante Seattle Sounders venció al FC Dallas con el único gol anotado por Mauro Rosales cuando apenas habían transcurrido 15 minutos de este encuentro que atrajo 11 mil 635 aficionados al PHP.


Los dirigidos por Schellas Hyndman tuvieron en Brek Shea el que disparó más, pero también destacaron el cabezazo de Ihemelu, los disparos de Marvin Chávez y Bruno Guarda que el portero Kasey Keller se lució rechazándolos al lanzamiento de esquina.


El gol llegó en un contrataque del rival que se vino por izquierda cuando Lamar Neagle curza la bola para Montero pero Ihemelu que iba hacia ella no puede controlarla, el colombiano la toca hacia Rosales que ingresaba por derecha y sin ser alcanzado por Jair Benitez lanza la bola rasante y pegada al palo que Hartman no llega a tiempo.

A los 17 el disparo de Brek Shea sale ligeramente desviado mientras que el cabezazo de Ihemelu a los 30 es sacado por la volada de Keller.
A los 24 minutos Zach Loyd sale lesionado y Hyndman envia al recien arribado defensa Jeremy Hall para cubrir su puesto, trabajo que a decir del entrenador “lo hizo muy bien”.


Después un disparo de Shea y un cabezazo de Ihemelu, servicio de tiro libre ejecutado por Daniel Hernandez, van a parar afuera y a las manos de Keller.


En la segunda parte el conjunto local salió dispuesto a voltear el marcador pero a los 56 Cruz recibe su segunda amarilla y se tiene que ir del campo dejando a su equipo con diez hombres.


“Me siento muy mal por la hinchada y porque este es mi primer partido en este estadio, no tengo derecho a hablar”, diría luego Cruz que se contentó ver al equipo “luchar hasta el final”.


A los 71 Maicon Santos envia un servicio a Chávez que dispara directo y Keller le sale al encuentro rechazando la bola.
Por Seattle Mike Fucito y Montero tuvieron dos oportunidades más de vencer a Hartman, sus intentos resultaron fallidos.


En el extratiempo un disparo cruzado por Ricardo Villar es rechazado por Keller, el rebote es tomado por Bruno Guarda pero nuevamente el portero “verde” le niega la posibilidad del empate a Dallas.

El defensa Jair Benitez dijo estar “un poquito triste por la derrota queríamos ganar hoy de locales porque veníamos haciendo las cosas muy bien, pero estamos tranquilos para lo que viene”.


Sobre el gol “nos equivocamos una vez ellos llegaron e hicieron el gol, no tuvieron más opciones nosotros llegamos muchas veces pero no pudimos anotar y eso fue lo que nos costó el partido.  Además, “el cansancio de muchos viajes y muchos partido se siente un poquito pero eso no es la excusa de hoy, llegamos y no concretamos y se sabe que el que hace el gol gana”.


Para Jeremy Hall todo fue sorpresivo ” acababa de llegar la noche anterior y no esperaba jugar hoy, pero fue un partido duro tuvimos un par de buenas oportunidades pero  ellos anotaron por que nosotros erramos y desafortunadamente tuvimos una tarjeta roja pero creo que estuvimos bien, luchamos hasta los últimos minutos donde tuvimos oportunidades, buena atajada en el lanzamiento de Bruno pero creo que hubiera sido un empate, sin embargo tenemos que pasar esto y pensar en el siguiente partido”.


El entrenador Schellas Hyndman el partido fue “peleado por ambos lados, había mucho en la línea proque nosotros les habíamos ganado de visitante, despuén un error en nuestros defensas le dio la oportunidad, pero nosotros tratamos de alcanzarlos creando oportunidades y desafortunadamente llegó una segunda tarjeta amarilla para Daniel Cruz y eso relamente nos creó difcultades. Esta noche pusimos todo lo que teníamos en la cancha pero nos quedamos un poquito cortos”.

FC Dallas: Kevin Hartman, Jair Benitez, Ugo Ihemelu Zach Loyd (Jeremy Hall 24), Jackson (Fabian Castillo 73), Brek Shea, Daniel Hernandez (Bruno Guarda 81), Daniel Cruz, Ricardo Villar, Marvin Chavez, Maicon Santos.

Sustitutos: Chris Seitz, Andrew Jacobson, Bobby Warshaw, Jack Stewart.



Seattle Sounders: Kasey Keller, Zach Scott, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez, Mauro Rosales, Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg (Brad Evans 63), Lamar Neagle, Mike Fucito (Pat Noonan 78), Fredy Montero (Alvaro Fernandez 68).
Sustitutos: Roger Levesque, James Riley, Tyson Wahl, Terry Boss.
El siguiente partido del FC Dallas es el próximo miércoles 24 contra Toronto FC por la liga de campeones de la Concacaf.

FC Dallas trades Eric Alexander for Jeremy Hall

FRISCO, Texas (Aug. 19, 2011) – FC Dallas has acquired defender Jeremy Hall from the Portland Timbers in exchange for second-year midfielder Eric Alexander, the club announced today. Per team and league regulations, details of the contract were not released.



“This trade is one that was really made to help our defensive line,” FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said. “With all the competitions we’re in, all the traveling and all the playing we’re doing, we felt like we did not have enough depth in our defense. We feel like we have a lot of good midfielders and as much as Eric has contributed to our team, we just feel like we have to protect our defense in case we have injuries or suspensions.”




Alexander played 39 games for FC Dallas since being drafted in the third round (44th overall) by FC Dallas in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. The 23 year old scored two goals and assisted on three others during his first full season in MLS. Alexander has started 16 games for FC Dallas this season, recording a career-high 17 shots in 1,218 minutes played.



Since joining Portland via a trade with the New York Red Bulls on Nov. 11, 2010, Hall has started 17 matches for the Timbers. He has recorded three assists in 1,424 minutes. The 22 year old defender was originally drafted by the Red Bulls in the first round (11th overall) in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Maryland. Hall played 37 regular season games and made 31 starts during his two years with New York, logging two assists.



“Jeremy is a player that I was really fortunate to work with when I went on the Generation adidas trip to Madrid last year,” said Hyndman. “I think he’s a solid defender that can play on both sides of the ball, get forward, can serve. He can also go into the midfield and play. I think he’ll be well-liked by the team. I think he fits into the mold of what our team’s all about.”



Hall led Maryland with 14 goals, seven assists and 35 points in 2008, helping the school win the 2008 NCAA championship. In three years at Maryland, Hall played in 66 games, tallying 26 goals and 14 assists. He was a member of the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., where he earned 22 caps with the U.S. U-17 National Team. In 2005, he started 12 games, including six starts at the U-17 World Championships in Peru.



Jeremy Hall

Position: Defender/Midfielder

Height: 5-11

Weight: 165

Born: Sept. 11, 1988

Hometown: Tampa, Fla.

Previous Club: Portland Timbers

College: University of Maryland

Citizenship: United States


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Marvin Chávez goal gives FC Dallas first win for MLS team in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Wednesday, Aug. 17) – With a 1-0 win over Pumas UNAM Wednesday night, FC Dallas became the first MLS team to win a competitive game on Mexican soil.



Thanks to an outstanding night by goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, one goal was all the visiting Dallas side needed. The veteran keeper was busy early, smothering the first clear chance of the game in the first five minutes.


After an inauspicious start, Dallas settled in to maintain the majority of possession in the match, coming away with a few solid chances. In the 66th minute, their pressure on the Pumas defense paid off with Marvin Chavez netting the game winner.


Jair Benitez began the sequence with a low, hard strike that hammered the post and caromed straight to the foot of Chavez. The Honduran National had no trouble sending the ball home for the game’s only score.



Only minutes earlier, it looked as though Pumas might get on the board first when a back line miscue in the 62nd minute gave the home side a wide-open look at goal, but the shot sailed wide. In the 68th minute, Pumas earned a corner, but the ball was easily cleared from danger. The host side managed to get off an immediate second shot, but the attempt was not on frame.



Jackson tested Patino from 35 yards out in the 70th minute, but the keeper was equal to the task.



The loss was only Pumas’ second at home in 11 Champions League matches and the first since falling to Cruz Azul 1-0 in the 2009 quarterfinals.



FC Dallas returns home to face MLS foe Seattle Sounders FC in league play on Saturday before heading North to Toronto for their second game of the CONCACAF Group Stage. FC Dallas and Mexican First Division Champions Pumas UNAM are scheduled to meet again in Dallas on Sept. 21 at Pizza Hut Park. Pumas UNAM has won the Primera Division seven times, most recently in 2011, qualifying automatically for the Group Stage as the Mexican Clausura Champion.



Scoring Summary:
DAL – Marvin Chavez 66



FC Dallas — Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd, George John, Ugo Ihemelu, Jair Benitez, Marvin Chavez, Daniel Cruz (Eric Alexander 83), Ricardo Villar (Andrew Jacobson 77), Daniel Hernandez, Brek Shea, Jackson (Fabian Castillo 67).

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Jack Stewart, Bobby Warshaw, Ruben Luna.



Pumas UNAM – Odin Patino, Carlos Gonzalez, Eduardo Gamez, Jose Antonio Garcia, Aaron Sandoval, Cesar Sanchez, Salvador Medina (Martin Bravo 55), Carlos Campos, Michelle Castro, Juan Carlos Cacho (Eduardo Barron 45), Raul Servin (Eduardo Herrera 68).

Substitutes Not Used: Alfredo Saldivar, Marco Antonio Palacios, Neftali Teja, Erik Vera.



Misconduct Summary:
Pumas – Cesar Sanchez (caution) 45
Pumas – Aaron Sandoval (caution) 58
FCD – Jackson (caution) 61
FCD – Zach Loyd (caution) 85
FCD – Fabian Castillo (caution) 90+



Referee: Jose Molina
Referee’s Assistants: Juan Rodas, Oscar Velasquez
4th Official: Hector Rodriguez



FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman


“First of all, I thought it was a very good game. Two teams who had one purpose in mind, and that was to win the game. I thought the officiating was some of the best officiating that I’ve seen. I thought the Pumas team was outstanding. Not only were they talented, technical, but they also played with a lot of enthusiasm. I think we surprised them a little bit with our ability to withstand the pressure and it took an outstanding goal for us to beat a very good team tonight.”



On being the first MLS team to win on Mexican soil…
“I’ll tell you the first man who broke the four-minute mile was a man named Roger Bannister. The next week, I think another six people broke the four-minute mile… because they believed in it. For us, for the first team to beat a good Mexican team in Mexico, I hope that more MLS teams will have the same courage to play good soccer and I hope that we continue to find success here.”


Rojiblancos optimistas frente a Pumas

Para jugar su primer partido de la Liga de Campeones el FC Dallas ya está en México donde hará frente a Pumas de la UNAM, su primer rival de grupo, en el Estadio Olímpico Universitario de la ciudad de México.


El defensa Zach Loyd quien junto a sus co-equipers ya tienen lal experiencia de las eliminatorias jugadas frente al Alianza en el estadio del pais centroamericano dice “el haber ido a El Salvador fue una gran experiencia jugar en su estadio y frente a su público, por eso estoy muy emocionado de ir a jugar a México y será una gran experiencia para nosotros y los que tienen la oportunidad de entrar”.


En cuanto al encuentro mismo el defensa dijo “vamos a jugarnos todo al menos debemos sacar un punto allá, Puma es un buen cuadro y será otra gran experiencia para todos jugar frente a ellos”.



Mientras que Marvin Chávez que lleva 5 goles y 4 asistencias en el campeonato de liga dijo “será un encuentro complicado, el equipo está motivado porque es la primera vez que vamos a jugar en el grupo de la Concacaf, ellos contarán con el aliento de su público y nosotros trataremos de no perder la concentración haciendo nuestro trabajo”.



Como se recuerda los goles de Jackson en El Salvador y de Ugo Ihemelu en el PHP, ambos en contra de Alianza FC, dieron la clasificación grupal a los dirigidos por Schellas Hyndman quien junto a sus dirigidos harán su debut de grupo en la liga de Campeones de la Concacaf.


Pumas, campeón del torneo de Clausura 2011, actualmente se encuentra en la punta d ela tabla de posiciones del campeonato de apertura luego de igualar 1-1 con Santos Laguna en su último encuentro.


La delegación está programada para retornar el jueves a las 5.20pm. entrenarán el viernes desde las 8.30am. con miras a su encuentro del sábado contra Seattle a disputarse  en el PHP.


El partido con Pumas se jugará a partir de las 9pm. será  transmitido por Fox Soccer y Galavision.



El grupo C  lo conforman FC Dallas, Pumas, Toronto FC y Tauro FC.

Buen año en adquisición de jugadores para la MLS

Buen año en adquisición de jugadores para la MLS

Más de 80 nuevos jugadores internacionales en el 2011, incluyendo a 35 jugadores con experiencia en selecciones nacionales, 11 nuevos Jugadores Franquicia


NUEVA YORK (Lunes, 15 de agosto, 2011) – Con el cierre del segundo período de transferencias de la Major League Soccer ayer en la noche, las nuevas adquisiciones como el delantero del LA Galaxy, Robbie Keane y el mediocampista del Philadelphia Union, Freddy Adu se unen a la MLS en un año sin precedentes en la adquisición de jugadores. Desde la Copa MLS 2010 el noviembre pasado, los 18 clubes de MLS han obtenido más de 80 jugadores de otras ligas – más que en cualquier otro año en MLS.


Para la lista completa de los nuevos jugadores con información básica de cada uno OPRIMA AQUÍ.



En conjunto, el grupo de jugadores tiene un promedio de 25.9 años de edad, han contribuido 97 goles y 78 asistencias en esta temporada e incluyen:

·   11 nuevos Jugadores Franquicia (El total de la Liga es de 23, en 12 equipos diferentes – OPRIMA AQUÍ para la lista de Jugadores Franquicia)

·   35 jugadores con experiencia en sus respectivas selecciones nacionales

·    Jugadores nacidos en 32 países diferentes (37% provenientes de Latinoamérica; 36% provenientes de Europa)

·    Siete jugadores estadounidenses quienes jugaban en el extranjero incluyendo a Kenny Cooper de Portland, Benny Feilhaber de New England, Jay DeMerit de Vancouver y Adu.


“Este ya es el grupo más grande y profundo de jugadores que la MLS ha adquirido en un solo año y más podrían llegar antes de la fecha límite de cambios a la nómina el 15 de septiembre” dijo en Vice Presidente Ejecutivo de MLS, Todd Durbin, quien se unió a la Liga antes de su inauguración en 1995. “Durante los últimos cinco años los recursos que hemos dedicado al producto en el terreno de juego ha incrementado dramáticamente y hemos visto los frutos de nuestra inversión con la calidad del juego. Creemos que nuestra Liga está mejorando en un ritmo creciente y queremos continuar progresando hasta que estemos entre los mejores del mundo”.


La MLS también está adquiriendo más jugadores de los EE.UU. y Canadá. Casi 70 jugadores en MLS han representado a los EE.UU. al menos una vez y 10 han representado a Canadá. En los últimos cinco años, el número de jugadores de los EE.UU. en la MLS ha crecido más de 30% (a casi 300), el número de jugadores canadienses ha crecido cuatro veces (a 22), y muchos jugadores que han nacido en el extranjero son elegibles para los programas nacionales de los EE.UU. y Canadá.


Los clubes de MLS han adquirido 24 jugadores procedentes de las Fuerzas Básicas desde el final de la temporada 2010, llevando el total de la liga a 43 jugadores. OPRIMA AQUÍ para la lista de los jugadores procedentes de las Fuerzas Básicas.


“El desarrollo de jugadores de los EE.UU. y Canadá sigue siendo uno de nuestros principales objetivos”, dijo Durbin. “El número de jóvenes jugadores nacionales en la MLS crece cada año, y los talentosos veteranos en la Liga de todo el mundo han mejorado su ambiente de aprendizaje”.



Los mejores nuevos jugadores en cuanto a goles, asistencias y partidos jugados, hasta el 15 de agosto, 2011 se encuentran a continuación.



VAN Delantero 30 Eric Hassli 17 10 1 Francia FC Zurich (Suiza)
DC Delantero 25 Charlie Davies* 18 8 1 EE.UU. FC Sochaux (Francia)
VAN Delantero 23 Camilo 23 7 2 Brasil Gyeongnam FC (Corea del Sur)
KC Delantero 31 Omar Bravo* 17 6 2 México CD Guadalajara (México)
NY Delantero 29 Luke Rodgers 15 6 3 Inglaterra Notts County (Inglaterra)
COL Delantero 28 Caleb Folan* 19 5 2 Inglaterra Middlesbrough (Inglaterra)
POR Delantero 26 Jorge Perlaza* 23 5 1 Colombia Deportes Tolima (Colombia)
CHI Delantero 25 Diego Chaves 21 4 0 Uruguay Nacional (Uruguay)
NE Delantero 30 Rajko Lekic* 17 4 0 Dinamarca Silkeborg (Dinamarca)
SJ Medio 23 Simon Dawkins 15 4 1 Inglaterra Leyton Orient (Inglaterra)
Cinco jugadores empatados con 3

* Tienen experiencia con su selección nacional




VAN Medio 26 Davide Chiumiento* 19 1 8 Suiza Lucerne (Suiza)
SEA Medio 30 Mauro Rosales* 20 3 7 Argentina River Plate (Argentina)
NY Medio 30 Jan Gunnar Solli* 24 0 6 Noruega SK Brann (Noruega)
POR Medio 20 Kalif Alhassan 22 0 5 Ghana Liberty Professionals (Ghana)
TOR Delantero 19 Joao Plata* 21 3 4 Ecuador LDU Quito (Ecuador)
DAL Delantero 19 Fabian Castillo 15 2 3 Colombia Deportivo Cali (Colombia)
LA Medio 23 Miguel Lopez 20 1 3 Argentina Quilmes (Argentina)
NE Medio 26 Benny Feilhaber* 13 2 3 Brasil AGF Aarhus (Dinamarca)
NY Delantero 29 Luke Rodgers 15 6 3 Inglaterra Notts County (Inglaterra)
POR Medio 25 Diego Chara* 17 0 3 Colombia Deportes Tolima (Colombia)
TOR Delantero 23 Nick Soolsma 17 1 3 Holanda VV Young Boys (Holanda)
TOR Medio 29 Terry Dunfield* 14 1 3 Canadá Shrewsbury Town (Inglaterra)
Ocho jugadores empatados con 2

*Tienen experiencia con su selección nacional





CLB Delantero 30 Sebastian Miranda 24 0 1 Chile Union Espanola (Chile)
NY Medio 30 Jan Gunnar Solli* 24 0 6 Noruega SK Brann (Norway)
PHI Arquero 40 Faryd Mondragon* 23 0 0 Colombia FC Cologne (Germany)
VAN Delantero 23 Camilo 23 7 2 Brasil Gyeongnam FC (So. Korea)
POR Delantero 26 Jorge Perlaza* 23 5 1 Colombia Deportes Tolima (Colombia)
PHI Defensa 26 Carlos Valdes* 22 1 0 Colombia Indepediente Santa Fe (Colombia)
TOR Delantero 24 Javier Martina 22 2 0 Curacao Ajax (Holanda)
POR Medio 20 Kalif Alhassan 22 0 5 Ghana Liberty Professionals (Ghana)
SEA Medio 25 Erik Friberg 21 1 2 Suecia BK Hacken (Suecia)
TOR Delantero 19 Joao Plata* 21 3 4 Ecuador LDU Quito (Ecuador)
CHI Delantero 25 Diego Chaves 21 4 0 Uruguay Nacional (Uruguay)
Cuatro Jugadores empatados con 20

*Tiene experiencia con su selección nacional

Maicon scores his first, Shea his 10th


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).


Scoring Summary:


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). 


Misconduct Summary:


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


Weather: Cloudy-and-79-degrees


Attendance: 18,811


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].”