PORTLAND, Ore. (Saturday, Feb. 23) – FC Dallas lost its final match of the preseason, 2-1, to the San Jose Earthquakes today at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. Jackson scored the lone goal for FC Dallas while Chris Wondolowski and Mike Fucito found the back of the net for the Earthquakes.
FC Dallas opens the 2013 regular season on Saturday, March 2 against the Colorado Rapids. That match is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. CT at FC Dallas Stadium.
San Jose struck first when forward Wondolowski slipped in behind the FC Dallas defense and won a long ball played in from midfield by teammate Jason Hernandez. FC Dallas’ George John nearly caught up to Wondolowski on the play, but the 2012 Budweiser Golden Boot winner was able to poke the ball past goalkeeper Raul Fernandez with a sliding challenge to give San Jose an early 1-0 advantage.
FC Dallas’ Kenny Cooper nearly tied the game in the 21st minute after receiving the ball in the box and powering past his defender. With a wide-open look at San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch, Cooper struck a hard shot, low to the far post. Busch was able to get a hand to the ball, pushing it into the path of Fabian Castillo, who had his shot blocked by a San Jose defender. The second rebound came to Bobby Warshaw, who once again tested Busch from close range. The veteran goalkeeper made another quality stop to preserve the lead.
The Dallas attack could only be deterred by Busch for so long, however as a full volley off the foot of Jackson struck San Jose defender Victor Bernardez and ended up in the back of the net to level the score, 1-1 in the 26th minute.
Following halftime, San Jose took its second lead of the day following an FC Dallas corner kick in the 49th minute. The kick from the flag by Michel was played to the near post, where Matt Hedges challenged for the ball, knocking it back outside to Michel. The Brazilian’s second cross was deflected and shot towards midfield, where second-half substitute London Woodberry challenged for the loose ball with San Jose’s Fucito. Woodberry looked to have everything under control before slipping and falling to the turf. Fucito took advantage of the miscue, walking in alone against FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz and finishing low to the back post.
Dallas nearly pulled even in the 79th minute when Blas Perez combined with Bradlee Baladez to earn FC Dallas a penalty kick. The return pass from Baladez to Perez was cut out when a backtracking San Jose defender clipped the Panamanian just as he was entering the top of the box. Referee Drew Fisher pointed to the spot, but Perez was unable to beat Busch to his left side and the score remained 2-1 in favor of the Earthquakes.
FC Dallas continued to create dangerous scoring chances throughout the match, finishing the game with a 20-7 advantage in shots and a 7-3 edge in corner kicks but could not get a second ball past Busch, who ended the day with six saves.
SJ – Chris Wondolowski (Jason Hernandez) 15
DAL – Jackson 26
SJ – Mike Fucito 49
FC Dallas –Raul Fernandez (Chris Seitz 45), Michel (Jair Benitez 62), George John, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd (London Woodberry 45), David Ferreira, Andrew Jacobson, Bobby Warshaw (Victor Ulloa 75), Jackson (Jonathan Top 77), Kenny Cooper (Bradlee Baladez 62), Fabian Castillo (Blas Perez 77).
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Kyle Zobeck, Kellyn Acosta, Stephen Keel, TJ Nelson, Je-Vaughn Watson, Eric Hassli, Cam Wilder.
San Jose Earthquakes – Jon Busch, Dan Gargan, Justin Morrow, Victor Baladez, Jason Hernandez, Ramiro Corrales (John Bostock 78), Abu Tommy (Sam Garza 42), Rafeal Baca (Brad Ring 69), Shea Salinas (Cordell Cato 69), Chris Wondolowski, Mike Fucito (Adam Jahn 69).
Substitutes Not Used: David Bingham, Evan Newton, Ty Harden, Nana Attakora, Josh Suggs, Hunter Gorski, Colin Mitchell, Sean de Silva, Alexandrew Gnzalez Emerson.
Referee: Drew Fisher
Referee Assistants: Darren Clark, Jeff Hosking
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo
Weather: Cloudy, 46 degrees
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman
General thoughts on the match…
San Jose is a good team. We got behind but we found a way to pick up the tempo and get back into the match. We walked away feeling like we made a few mistakes but they are ones that we can fix rather easily. What we need to do now is just finish our scoring opportunities. I don’t know if I would say we were unlucky. We could have done some things differently and probably should have.
On Kenny Cooper and Fabian Castillo’s play up front…
The two of them were very mobile. It caused San Jose some problems because Kenny started to get a little bit better at holding the ball and getting extra touches. Fabian was very explosive and quick and also caused them some problems. The two of them did well considering it was the first time they played with each other.
On what FC Dallas learned this week…
We really grew a lot this week. The previous games we played were against college teams and lower division teams – slower pace and not the standard with the intensity that our league has. The first game we played here, against AIK, we didn’t have much intensity. We were not sharp enough. Against Portland, we were able to raise that level a lot. Tonight we got much better in the attacking third and were able to create a lot of scoring chances. What I learned and what I hope our players’ learned is that with continued determination and hard work, we’ll be in every game.
FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson
General thoughts on the match…
The most important thing in preseason is doing things right. You don’t get any points for winning in preseason. The goal for everyone is to do well throughout a 34 game season. The important thing is to establish how you are going to play and execute that plan. We have a really good foundation, things clicked really well today. I’m really not too worried about today’s result. We outshot them. Our fitness level is pretty solid and we have a lot of talent still on the bench. Everything looks good. Now, we just have to go out there and do it for over the course of the regular season.
On playing next to Bobby Warshaw…
A lot of the time we really don’t even have to communicate. Having him in there allows me to step a bit higher and I don’t find myself having to turn and see if he is there because he is always where he needs to be. He wins the ball well and we have a similar understanding of the game.
FC Dallas midfielder Bobby Warshaw
General thoughts on the match…
We’re a club that prides itself on winning so we’re talking about a lot of positive things we were able to do today but at the end of the day we didn’t win. That’s what we’ll walk away from this game feeling… Hopefully we can take that desire into next weekend and start the season off with a victory.
On starting twice this week in central midfield next to Andrew Jacobson…
You ask any player and they’ll say that when you play with people you get along with, you’re going to play well. We get along well. AJ is a good dude, a good friend, a good teammate. We feel comfortable in there. To answer your question, it feels good. We have a good relationship. You play with someone for two years… you watch other people on the team play that position for two years, you hear what coach says and what coach wants. You perform those tasks in games and in practice… I’m just trying to do my job. My job is not a glorious job. It’s doing the grunt work to free up David Ferreira and AJ and give them more room to do their thing. It’s like saying to them, ‘Go play. Go take chances because I am here to back you up.’