FRISCO, Texas (Saturday, Sept. 29) – FC Dallas got two goals from forward Blas Perez and what looked like a game-winner from rookie Matt Hedges in the 88th minute before San Jose drew level on a goal by Steven Lenhart in the fifth minute of stoppage time at Buck Shaw Stadium Saturday night.
The Earthquakes opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, when former FC Dallas midfielder Marvin Chavez collected the ball on San Jose’s right flank. The speedy Honduran cut towards the middle of the park just outside the area and sent a low cross to MLS’s leading goal scorer, Chris Wondolowski. But Wondolowski fooled the FC Dallas defense by jumping over the ball and letting it run on to teammate Alan Gordon. Alone at the back post, Gordon finished with a hard strike to the top right corner of the net for his 13th goal of the season.
FC Dallas evened the score, 1-1, in the 37th minute when Jackson got the ball at midfield, went around one defender and centered a pass for Perez. The Panamanian international used his first touch to elude a pair of defenders before hitting a right-footed shot from the top left corner of the six-yard box. The low shot beat San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch to his right side and settled into the far side-netting just before San Jose defender Steven Beitashour could recover to stop the ball from trickling over the line.
The first half ended with FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman making a point-blank save on Wondolowski to keep his side within striking distance of the league leaders. The save was one of four Hartman made in the opening 45 minutes. He finished the match with six.
FC Dallas took its first lead of the match in the 72nd minute, when Hernan Pertuz played a long ball into the box. A San Jose defender won the ball, but had it fall to David Ferreria. The 2010 MLS MVP feinted right to back off the defender before lobbing a front-post cross to Perez, who out jumped his marker to net the go-ahead goal.
San Jose netted its equalizer in the 82nd minute when Lenhart combined with Gordon for a give-and-go at the top of the area. Lenhart won the initial header, chipping a pass over his head for Gordon, who was able to bring the ball down and knock it into the path of Lenhart. Lenhart finished with a left-footed shot to make the score 2-2.
Rookie Matt Hedges scored his third goal of the season and gave FC Dallas a 3-2 lead in the 88th minute. The play began with center back Pertuz challenging Lenhart for a header at the top of the area. The second ball fell to Daniel Hernandez, who struck a half-volley towards the back post. On its way towards goal, the ball deflected off the hip of Perez, caught the inside of the right post and trickled across the goal line. There, Zach Loyd attempted to put the ball in the back of the net with a dividing header, but instead took a cleat to the head. Loyd did manage to knock the loose ball fell to Hedges, who finished easily.
San Jose ruined an epic win for FC Dallas in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Once again, it was Gordon, who combined with Lenhart for the goal after Justin Morrow lobbed a short cross to the front post. There, Gordon chipped a header to the far post, where Lenhart out jumped his marker to nod home the game-tying goal.
SJ – Alan Gordon (Marvin Chavez) 23
DAL – Blas Perez (Jackson) 37
DAL – Blas Perez (David Ferreira) 72
SJ – Steven Lenhart(Alan Gordon) 83
DAL – Matt Hedges 88
SJ – Steven Lenhart (Alan Gordon, Justin Morrow) 90+5FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Jair Benitez, Hernan Pertuz, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, Brek Shea (Fabian Castillo 69), Andrew Jacobson (Daniel Hernandez 75), Julian de Guzman (James Marcelin 90), Jackson, David Ferreira, Blas Perez.Substitutes not used: Richard Sanchez, Scott Sealy, Carlos Rodriguez.
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Blas Perez 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Blas Perez 2); FOULS: 8 (Jackson 4); OFFSIDES: 2 (Jackson, Blas Perez 1); CORNER KICKS: 2 (David Ferreira 2); SAVES: 6 (Kevin Hartman 6).
San Jose – Jon Busch, Steven Beitashour, Victor Bernardez, Jason Hernandez, Justin Morrow, Marvin Chavez (Shea Salinas 72), Sam Cronin, Rafael Baca (Khari Stephenson 82), Mehdi Ballouchy (Steven Lenhart 51), Chris Wondolowski, Alan Gordon.Substitutes not used: David Bingham, Ramiro Corrales, Jed Zayner, Brad Ring.TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Chris Wondolowski 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart 3); FOULS: 15 (Marvin Chavez 3); OFFSIDES: 3 (Chris Wondolowski 2); CORNER KICKS: 10 (Marvin Chavez 7); SAVES: 1 (Jon Busch 1).
SJ –Victor Bernardez (caution) 17
DAL – Andrew Jacobson (caution) 59
DAL – Jackson (caution) 61
SJ – Sam Cronin (caution) 87
DAL – David Ferreira (caution) 87
Referee: Geoff Gamble
Referee’s Assistants: Darren Clark, Jeremy Hanson
4th Official: Yader Reyes
Time of Game: 1:56
Weather: Clear, 72 degrees
FC DALLAS HEAD COACH SCHELLAS HYNDMANOn tonight’s draw
It was a really exciting game. Both teams pressed, both teams attacked, both teams scored goals. It was a good game for everybody involved.On Perez’s two goals:
We weren’t getting him the ball enough in the first half. Jackson missed a few services, then he quickly sends one in and Blas [Perez] got a great touch and he finished. The second goal was a great header off of a good service from David [Ferreira].
On how much the team missed George John tonight:
Huge. Think about it. I don’t think [Steven] Lenhart would have been able to manhandle our players if George would’ve been on the field.
Where do you go from here?
A couple points were lost here today. We’ve got three games left and if we play the way we played here today… Considering the environment, being on the road, playing against a very good team that never stops, a team that you know is just going to knock the ball into the box and go after it. [Andrew] Jacobson getting hurt, hurt us a lot. He was winning a lot of balls in the air. At the end of the day, I thought we played well.
FC DALLAS FORWARD BLAS PEREZOn FC Dallas’ upcoming games:The road that we are playing is very tight. We have Vancouver out in front of us and we were very close to getting those points back tonight. Now, we have Chivas USA coming up. We are looking forward to that game. We need a win.
FC DALLAS GOALKEEPER KEVIN HARTMANGeneral thoughts on the game:
We put ourselves in a position to get three points tonight. San Jose is a difficult place to play. There is a reason San Jose calls themselves “the Goonies.” They never say die and tonight, unfortunately for us, was more of the same. We had issues dealing with the physicality of the game late. The last goal, it really seemed like Zach [Loyd] took a big shove in the back. It’s just difficult to deal with. San Jose’s first two guys are arguably the biggest in the league, then you go third and fourth and they’re all pretty big guys. They do very well with crosses and our inability to cut some of that off lead to our ondoing.
We still have things we need to work out. We now have an opportunity to look at what went right and what went wrong and try to get our game shape for Chivas USA and strategically get our minds right. When you get a result like that you have to get back and try to rectify your mistakes.