David Ferreira shines with two assists
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Wednesday, Aug. 15) – FC Dallas improved to 7-11-8 on the season with an important 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC tonight at B.C. Place. Dallas had two second-half goals set up by midfielder David Ferreira, who now has a goal and five assists in his last five games.
FC Dallas’ first opportunity came in the 14th minute when Fabian Castillo overlapped Zach Loyd on the left flank. The 20-year-old Colombian knocked the ball to the end line with his second touch, speeding past his defender before chipping a dangerous ball into the six-yard box. Fortunately for Vancouver, Barry Robson was there to head the ball over the crossbar, preserving the 0-0 draw early.
The Whitecaps responded with a counter-attack in the 25th minute. Dallas survived the initial charge, forcing the ball out to the right flank where Robson sent a dangerous cross to the near post for forward Kenny Miller. FC Dallas center back George John read Miller’s run perfectly and sent the ball over the end line with a diving header.
Dallas won the possession battle 57-43 in the first half, but was forced to fend off two dangerous dead ball situations in the 44th and 45th minutes. The first, from 30-yards out, was struck into the wall of players defending the free kick. FC Dallas forward Ruben Luna had the shot deflect off his arm. Consequently, referee Matthew Foerster awarded a second free kick, 18 yards from goal.
Vancouver forward Camilo took the second set piece, bending a right-footed shot around the wall. The ball dipped hard towards the far upper-90, where it cracked the crossbar before being cleared away by an FC Dallas defender to send the match into halftime tied, 0-0.
The Whitecaps continued to press coming out of halftime and earned another dangerous set piece in the 52nd minute, when John was called for a foul off to the right side of the area and just 10 yards from the end line. Robson stepped to the kick, firing a hard shot over the wall towards the center of the goal, but veteran goalkeeper Kevin Hartman was there to make a diving two-handed punch to keep the game level.
FC Dallas withstood the pressure from Vancouver and controlled the ball from the 53rd minute to the 60th minute, when Loyd tossed a throw-in to David Ferreira inside the area. Ferreira used a first-touch header to put Castillo in on goal with one defender to beat. Castillo cut right and went around the last defender at the top of the six-yard box, before being knocked to the ground by a second defender. Fortunately for Dallas, Castillo kept the ball out in front of him and sent a sliding shot off the near post and into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman opted to bring on one Homegrown forward for another in the 63rd minute. Hyndman sent Jonathan Top in place of Luna. The move paid off in the 70th minute, when a ball played over the top of the Whitecaps’ defense by Jair Benitez was won by Ferreira. The 2010 MLS MVP out-muscled the first defender, side-stepped a second and knocked a lateral pass for Top to put away. Vancouver goalkeeper Joe Cannon came charging off his line to cut down on Top’s angle, but the recent U.S. Soccer Development Academy Under-18 Champion roofed the shot with his left foot to give FC Dallas a 2-0 lead. It was the first goal of Top’s professional career.
Vancouver fought back, attempting to pull within one goal on two occasions. Hartman came off his line to take a breakaway off the foot of Matt Watson in the 79th minute and Benitez recovered to clear a sure goal away from danger in the 80th minute as Dallas held on to give Hartman the 111th shutout of his career.
DAL – Fabian Castillo (David Ferreira, Zach Loyd) 60
DAL – Jonathan Top (David Ferreira, Jair Benitez) 70
FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Hernan Pertuz (Bryan Leyva 77), Matt Hedges, George John, Zach Loyd, Jair Benitez, Daniel Hernandez, Andrew Jacobson, David Ferreira, Fabian Castillo (Bruno Guarda 83), Ruben Luna ( Jonathan Top 63).
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Victor Ulloa, Bobby Warshaw, Jackson.
TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Fabian Castillo, Andrew Jacobson 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Fabian Castillo 1, Jonathan Top 1); FOULS: 17 (Andrew Jacobson 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 1 (David Ferreira 1); SAVES: 1 (Kevin Hartman 1).
Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Joe Cannon, Y.P. Lee, Martin Bonjour, Andy O’Brien, Alain Rochat, Atiba Harris (Michael Nanchoff 65), Jun Davidson, John Thorrington (Matt Waton 76), Barry Robson, Kenny Miller (Caleb Clarke 83), Camilo.
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Jordan Harvey, Greg Klazura, Bryce Alderson.
TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Camilo 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Barry Robson); FOULS: 24 (Atiba Harris 5); OFFSIDES: 1 (Camilo 1); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Camilo 6); SAVES: 0.
VAN – Martin Bonjour (caution) 34
VAN – Camilo (caution) 45+
DAL – Daniel Hernandez (caution) 46
VAN – Michael Nanchoff (caution) 80
DAL – Andrew Jacobson (caution) 83
VAN – Jun Davidson (caution) 86
DAL – David Ferreira (caution) 86
VAN – Y.P. Lee (caution) 87
DAL – Barry Robson (caution) 90+
Referee: Matthew Foerster
Referee’s Assistants: Frank Anderson, Ian Anderson
Time of Game: 1:51
HEAD COACH SCHELLAS HYNDMAN
It was a physical game. Anytime you come here, there’s a fantastic crowd – you guys do it right. The Whitecaps battled. We played a bit desperate trying to get points. Both of us were missing players, but I thought our guys came out and performed.
I was surprised how well we were able to keep the ball in the first half. We kept the ball moving, but the Whitecaps almost got the goal off the post. In the second half we had a couple of breakouts and I think we frustrated Vancouver. We’re anxious to go to Salt Lake with three points.
On the amount of fouls:
There were too many cards and way too many fouls. I coached college soccer for 32 years; anything over 20 fouls is ridiculous. Today we had 17 while Vancouver had 24 and probably a lot of fouls that were not called. It turned out to be a more physical game than it should’ve been.
On Ferreira’s play:
What you saw of David is probably 80-85% of his natural ability. I think you remember when he got taken down here. 15 months later and after three surgeries, he has been able to get on the field. He plays with a lot of heart and determination and it’s everything you want from a player and today he was a difference maker. The team plays better with him and we’ve improved since he’s been on the field. He’s not a player I worry about. He’s not a player that the game’s too big for him. He’s one of the best players I’ve been around.
On getting his first MLS goal:
It feels very good. First of all I want to thank David for giving me that assist right there. Any other player I think would’ve taken that chance and shot it, but he gave me that opportunity to score and it just felt great today to get that goal right there to make sure that we won the game.
On the importance of having Ferreira back to health:
We’ve lost only one game since he’s been back and I think he’s a big part of the reason why we’re winning these games. But I think also a reason is our team never gives up. We work really hard and it shows tonight that we never gave up and were always there.
On missing some key players to international duty:
We were missing three important players, Brek with the national team in Mexico and de Guzman with Canada, and Rodriguez with Panama. I think us younger guys were given the opportunity to step up and we did well with our opportunities. I think [us younger guys] just have to keep working hard and pushing for more minutes.
Thoughts on Whitecaps FC:
That was a very, very tough team. They’re a very physical team and those guys they’re very organized. They were very good offensively too. They were missing a lot of players too, but I think tonight we were the better team and thank God we were able to get that win tonight.
It was a good performance; they’re a very good team. They move the ball well. I thought we defended well and pressured well at times. We had a good game plan going in and our circulation was really good with the ball. Castillo was very dangerous; I think he was the difference maker. Once he started beating guys it allowed everyone else to open up.
On getting their second road win of the season:
It’s very important. I think we’re getting a little bit of our swag that we thought we had going into the season. I thought everyone stepped up. Everyone played well and played with confidence. That’s two wins in a row for us and everyone feels really good going forward.
On posting a shutout:
It was a complete collective effort, it wasn’t one guy making a difference. Everyone defended well. Everyone got behind the ball. Everyone went forward on the attack. That’s what a team does and I think we really showed it tonight.
On Ferreira being back to full health and getting two assists:
Obviously it’s very important. I think you can see it just kind of clicks when he’s in there. Everyone understands their role and what they’re supposed to do. It gives a sense of confidence when eleven guys go out onto the pitch and know exactly what they’re supposed to be doing, especially against a tough team like Vancouver.
Thoughts on Whitecaps play:
I have to give it to them they move the ball well, they’re very organized. They’re a fantastic team, but we came in here and I thought we definitely deserved to win. We got two very important road games coming up and it gives us a lot of confidence.
Game plan going in:
Our game plan going in was that there’s not many games left so we knew that we had to get three points, ties aren’t good enough anymore. We came in here wanting to bring the game to them and to possess the ball and set the tempo early and I thought we did a good job of that. Everyone from the forwards to the backline did a really good job tonight.
On missing some key players due to international duty:
That it’s just a testament to the guys that got to come out to step up and show that they’ve been waiting all year to get their opportunity. They definitely stepped up tonight, especially Top coming out and getting that second go ahead goal. That’s just a testament to the hard work he puts in at the practice facility every day.
On the importance of a road win this late in the season:
It was huge. We know there’s not many games left and we know we need to get as many points as possible, so we’ll have the same plan going into Salt Lake. Ties just aren’t good enough anymore so we need to go there and get a win.
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC HEAD COACH MARTIN RENNIE
It was a disappointing night – a frustrating game for us. Thankfully, we haven’t had many of these games here at BC Place. It’s not something we’re going to dwell upon. There are some things we can work on and improve upon. It was just one of those games that never really got going. It was stop-start all the time and there was never really much rhythm to it. We weren’t able to get the ball moving like we would’ve liked.
We could’ve done a better job tonight, more like we’re used to, but tonight wasn’t good enough and we’re disappointed about that. The good thing for us is that a couple of days from now, we have a huge game against Seattle, so we have a chance to rebound really quickly and we have to learn from a few things we didn’t get right tonight and move forward. Overall, we’ve been doing a lot of things well in here so we’re not going to get too down on ourselves tonight.
On the amount of fouls:
We don’t generally have too many fouls in the game and today was stop and start for both teams. The referee chose to call more than others do and fair enough, but that meant the game didn’t get enough energy and flow and resulted in a pretty poor game to watch.
I don’t think there was much in it, to be honest. Two teams didn’t really look like scoring that much. I thought we were maybe a bit better offensively than they were. Once they got that goal they had us on the break and that was the frustrating part because we were trying to press and they caught us on the break and managed to get another goal.
On the changes to the team’s starting lineup:
The guys come in, and they’ve not played in a while, it’s never easy. But they did a good job, they worked hard, they’re good players. I still think we did enough out there to win the football match. Maybe we were a wee bit tired after the weekend’s exploits, I don’t know. Sometimes in football, you come up short, but the good thing is that we’re two or three days away from when we can make it right again.
It was real tough. To be honest though, I still thought we came out in the second half pretty well. I thought the guys did good, and then giving up that goal seemed to open us up a little bit, and then the second one put us in a big hole.
On the first goal coming off a long throw:
It’s unfortunate. He cut back on it, it was kind of a weird one, then it got caught up in his feet, and Martin was right there. I came out big and I thought he had no chance there was an angle but he did well to get his foot around it and it just hit the post and went it. But it’s definitely a goal that’s preventable. Being one of the guys that organizes the defense and tries to figure that out, I’ll put my hand up and go back and look at it to see if there was more I could have done.
On the loss at home:
We’re all gutted because we understand how important our fans are. I think this is the second loss we’ve had all year here. That’s one of those performances we’re going to like to forget real quickly and fortunately we have a big derby on Saturday.