Blas Perez nets his sixth goal of the season in the seventh minute of stoppage time
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Saturday, June 29) – FC Dallas (8-3-6, 30 points) overcame both a one-goal and one-man deficit to earn a point in a 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union tonight at PPL Park.
Rookie Walker Zimmerman and forward Blas Perez scored for Dallas, which played the final 22 minutes of the match down a man after Je-Vaughn Watson was shown his second yellow card of the game.
The match opened with FC Dallas appearing to be in a good position. The team earned a pair of corner kicks around the 12th minute of the match and Michel lined both of the free kicks to the near post. But Philadelphia, one of the most dangerous counter-attacking teams in MLS, cleared the second corner out to midfield and looked poised to go up a goal via an odd-numbered rush. Fortunately for Dallas, goalkeeper Raul Fernandez was on his game, stopping a Sebastian Le Toux shot with a diving save, low to his right side after the Union’s Jack McInerney narrowly missed a setup from teammate Conor Casey.
Philadelphia did take a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute on a goal scored by Amobi Okugo. The goal was created by Philadelphia right back Sheanon Williams, who tossed a long throw-in to the top right corner of the six-yard box. Okugo sipped past his marker and was there to meet the pass, nodding a shot just inside the near post.
Dallas answered immediately in the 24th minute when Jackson earned a free kick near midfield. Michel knocked a left-footed service into the area, where Zimmerman outmuscled his marker before redirecting a header to the right side of Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath to knot the score, 1-1.
Fernandez was called upon to keep the match level again in the 34th minute. Philadelphia left back Raymon Gaddis came forward from his left back position, cut inside a defender on the dribble and fired a hard shot towards goal. With blaring sunlight in his eyes, Fernandez was able to fight off the shot attempt with a two-fisted punch to his left side.
Fernandez made his third save of the day 15 minutes into the second half, when an FC Dallas turnover in midfield opened the door for Le Toux to dribble down the right side of the area. The Frenchman cut to the inside before finding the feet of forward Casey. The former Colorado striker tried to beat Fernandez to his left side, but the Peruvian was equal to the task, knocking the ball out for a corner kick with a diving save.
The task grew tougher for Dallas in the 68th minute. The visitors were reduced to 10 men after Watson was shown his second yellow card of the match when referee Allen Chapman judged that Watson went down too easily in an effort to draw a penalty kick.
Philadelphia took advantage of the additional player and found the back of the net, again through the service of Williams, in the 87th minute. The play began on the opposite flank with MLS veteran Brian Carroll switching the point of attack to the opposite flank through Michael Farfan and eventually Williams. The outside back came forward, to nearly the end line before delivering a perfect ball to Aaron Wheeler, who nodded home the third header of the match.
There would be a fourth 10 minutes later. Philadelphia goalkeeper Zac MacMath rose above the crowd to knock down the service of Michel, but instead came up empty handed following a collision with London Woodberry. The loose ball was chipped backwards, over his head, by David Ferreira, directly into the path of Perez, who steered home his sixth strike of the season to salvage a point for Dallas.
FC Dallas – Raul Fernandez, Michel, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Jair Benitez, Fabian Castillo (Bobby Warshaw 62), Je-Vaughn Watson, Andrew Jacobson, Jackson (David Ferreira 56), Kenny Cooper (London Woodberry 85), Blas Perez.
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Stephen Keel, Eric Hassli, Ramon Nunez.
Philadelphia Union – Zac MacMath, Sheanon Williams, Jeff Parke, Raymon Gaddis, Amobi Okugo, Danny Cruz (Antoine Hoppenot 69), Sebastian Le Toux (Chris Albright 90+3), Michael Farfan, Brian Carroll, Conor Casey (Aaron Wheeler 79), Jack McInerney.
Substitutes Not Used: Roger Torres, Chris Konopka, Leonardo Fernandes, Matt Kassel.
DAL – Fabian Castillo (caution) 2
DAL – Jackson (caution) 37
DAL – Je-Vaughn Watson (caution) 45+1
PHL – Brian Carroll (caution) 55
DAL – Je-Vaughn Watson (caution) 68
DAL – Je-Vaughn Watson (ejection) 68
PHL – Conor Casey (caution) 76
PHL – Antoine Hoppenot (caution) 78
DAL – Blas Perez (caution) 90+5
PHL – Chris Albright (caution) 90+6
Referee: Allen Chapman
Referee’s Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Matthew Kreitzer
4th Official: Daniel Radford
Time of Game: 1:56
Weather: Sunny, 88 degrees.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman
On the Disallowed goal…
I think that the replay showed that the ball was over the line on that goal, what I said to the players was that they had great focus and determination and other teams would have argued but we were determined and got it done.
About coming into the game with injuries and getting the work done…
This is not an easy place to come and play. Every coach in the league will tell you that, and to take a point at that. We thought we played good enough to score but we just didn’t connect. We knew it was going to be a quick breakout from one of their guys and coming from a heartbreaker with Portland to playing this game with injured guys and heavy legs it shows that we have character and we got to keep building on that. June wasn’t a great month for us but June has probably shown us our best character
On the yellow card that led to the sending of…
The ref had two choices. To call a penalty or a dive. It was pretty clear that he got hit but that’s the way it goes. It changes everything when you’re playing a man down. You have to hold for free kicks and dead balls.
On last goal…
The strategy was to put numbers up. Even our goalie went up. We knew it was going to be the last play so we had to give it our all. Blas has an eye for the goal and he handles pressure extremely well. He is a good player for us and it shows what he can do.
FC Dallas forward Blas Perez
On scoring the last goal…
I’m just glad we could get the result and I like that the team showed spirit and fight to be able to do well even though we were a man down.
On the strategy for the last goal…
With a player down and few seconds left on the game we just tried to get numbers up in the box. Even our goalie was in there and we are just lucky that it worked out.
On the disallowed goal…
It was a goal. Legitimate. I don’t like to talk about referees because everyone is human and can make mistakes but it was in.
On how the sending off changed the game…
It changed it a lot but that was better for the Union. Playing with a man down is extremely tough but we had to sacrifice ourselves to get the result and it worked out in the end.
On form of the team coming into the game (injuries, etc)…
The month of June has been really tough for us with injuries, sending offs and now the Gold Cup coming up but we are just going to work hard to have a better July and we are aiming to keep our form and even improve.
FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman
On the red card…
I think the red card was a turning point for us because until then I thought we were putting pressure on them and that we had control of the game. It was really just an unfortunate call but we got to learn from that.
On the first Philadelphia goal and equalizer…
It’s always frustrating to give up goals on set pieces but it felt great to get a goal right back. There was definitely a little emotion on that equalizer but it’s good to get that frustration behind you.
FC Dallas midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson
On his two yellow cards…
I thought the first yellow was a bit harsh. I felt that I got all of the ball. Both teams were arguing a lot with the official and I think I paid the price for a lot of the yelling [the referee] was hearing from both teams. The second yellow card was also harsh. It’s not like I’m a player that does that. I tried to get up and play on. But like I said, both teams were going at him so I think maybe he was trying to do something to calm the game down.
Philadelphia Union head coach John Hackworth
On the end of the game…
Extremely disappointed to lose two points in that fashion. It is a hard way to feel like you lost a couple points, but I wouldn’t say that we weren’t at fault. I think the game should have been over. It was well over the allotted time that was shown on the clock, but you have to play until the final whistle in order to do that.
On whether this draw feel like a loss…
Yeah you lose points along the way and certainly we lost two today, but it’s not the end of the world. FC Dallas is a really good team and they made it extremely hard on us today and I think we did on them too. You have two teams that were battling and putting everything into the game and obviously both teams played right until the final whistle. So we have to feel good about the fact that we did get a point here but we are extremely disappointed about how it ended and how we lost two points.
Thoughts on forward Aaron Wheeler…
It was great for Aaron. Great goal obviously and fantastic service. That ball in from Sheanon was an excellent ball, but Wheeler does a great job getting up and, not only that, but he puts it down and towards the side netting. So excellent header for him.
On MacMath on the final free kick…
Yeah to me he was impeded on it, but I had a bad angle so the referee has to make that judgment call and clearly he didn’t think that was the case.
On whether Sebastien Le Toux has become more of a passer than a scorer…
Sometimes. I think he had a couple chances, but he has been so good in providing the assists that I can’t really fault him. He is leading the league and you could always say that should have done this or he should have done that, but players have to make the split second decision and I have to trust them to make the right one. Guys on the end of it, whether the pass wasn’t right or the guys didn’t finish it, it just didn’t come together.
On coming out of the last two games with four points…
Clearly our goal was to get six points and we feel like playing at home we can get six points. We knew it going to be extremely difficult and you never know what could happen. We clearly feel like we should got six points out of this though.
Philadelphia Union forward Aaron Wheeler
On if he kept the ball from his first MLS goal…
No, no idea where it is (laughs).
On if his goal felt what he imagined his first MLS goal would feel like…
I guess it’s what you would expect. I’m a prototypical big forward, center forward. The ball comes in, you just tuck it away with your head. It felt good.
On if his goal will halt recent experiments of him at center back…
(laughs) I don’t care what position I play, I’m a soccer player. Just let me play. Whatever it takes to get on the field, I don’t care.
On if Dallas tying the game deflates his achievement…
Of course, it would be an ideal situation to come in and score your first goal and have it be a game-winner. Things happen. Yeah, it’s tough, but at the end of the day, that’s soccer. That’s why you play; that’s why you have the five extra minutes. It always seems like an eternity. No one is ever happy when you look over and see five minutes. Anything can happen.
g to stop it. Right now, it’s something that we’re going to use. Get ready for it, I guess.